the cat man from Aleppo

One of the wonders of the internet includes the possibility for me to have friends just about anywhere. I had heard about a man in Aleppo, in Syria, in that horrible dangerous place, that was taking care of all the cats that fleeing people had to leave behind. What kind of man does that? He is my friend. I have a friend in Syria, how amazing is that? I painted his portrait, and it will be sold as a fund raiser, which will go not only to the homeless cats in Syria, but also to Syrian people needing help.

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A friend in Syria

I recently read a post being circulated by Americans trying to justify the changes in visa laws for people in Syria and several other countries. It demonized the people who live in those countries. This woman is caring for the pet cat that belonged to someone evacuated from Aleppo. She looks like someone who could be my friend. I love the colors of her clothes, her familiarity with the big cat, and the smile lines in her face. We are all sisters and brothers. There are good people everywhere. While the earnings from most of the paintings I sell go to a wildlife conservation program, this painting’s proceeds will go to Aleppo. I support an animal shelter in the making that is happening there. Please inquire if you want to buy this painting.

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Palmetto forest

One of my favorite things about Florida was the palmettos. They were everywhere, just like dandelions here. I had a little fun with transparent watercolor and opaque gouache on this one. It was fun going from background to foreground while maintaining the feel of the forest.

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Candy Apples

I sat in Kathy Johnson’s class for 4 weeks, in hopes of getting some new ideas and I was not disappointed. This was my first time using gouache on a watercolor painting. The apples are covered in dark and white chocolate. No, I could never eat one, but they are pretty.

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Patrizia – cugina bravissima

When I was young, my grandfather gave me an address so I could write to my cousins in Italy. One cousin, Patrizia, wrote back to me in English! She invited us to her home in Rome. We took her up on this offer, my mother and I traveled to her great city, and for a week Patrizia gave us the grand tour. 15 years later, she graciously shared Rome with Donald and me. Patrizia is a world traveler. She has been almost everywhere, from desert with camels and pyramids to icy places covered in snow. She was my inspiration to travel, and she continues to be. I just finished this commission today, and I think her smile is very contagious.

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