Archive for April, 2009

I Gatti Randagi – Alley Cats

April 23rd, 2009 5 comments

One of the pleasures of being in Italy for me is getting to know their cat populations. I think you can learn a lot about a town by the condition of their cats. Towns with lots of healthy cats seem friendlier to me.  Although Italian cats are usually smaller than our cats,  don’t eat as well or live as long,  this trio, although clearly feral, were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, well taken care of.  When I walked into their secret courtyard, where they had been basking in the sun, they were all on the alert, ready to flee, but lucky for them, I just wanted to get a look at them, and after a quick snapshot, left them peacefully. This is a painting of a little courtyard in Sersale, Calabria.

this painting is SOLD

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May I present the bride and groom

April 22nd, 2009 2 comments

This is a commissioned piece, used as a surprise wedding gift.  They were thrilled. 

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April 19th, 2009 4 comments

During my last trip to Italy, I took a lot of photos in hopes that when I got home (and had time) I would have time to turn them into paintings. This is one I took in Sersale. I love the arched doorways and the light coming from within on this one really caught my eye. I really liked the shadows and the way the red paint in the distant wall and of the letters in the arch accented the whole thing nicely. As I painted the letters, I tried to figure out what they signified. I really couldn’t imagine what word that was, it wasn’t VICOLO or USCITA. My husband took one look and declared, “That’s GABINETTO.”   and there it is, a beautiful painting of the entrance to a Gabinetto. or actually, a toilet, in old fashioned Italian.

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Honesty Sprague Williams, 1745 -1750

April 16th, 2009 1 comment

Once in a while you get a commission that really seems impossible.  A friend asks for you to paint a portrait from an old b & w photo, combine it with another photo, and use the style from a Dutch 18th century master. To be honest, I was terrified.  I was going into completely unknown territory, but I knew it was worth it.  To me, this was a reasonable request from this friend. This photograph displayed for all the world to see her incredible presence, better than any other. So here she is with Rosebud, a very friendly cat.

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