Month: December 2013

  • Zio Totò a most memorable person

    In 1989, with the proceeds of my husband’s $800 bonus check, I went with my mother to Italy. We stayed in Rome for a week, and then we took a quick trip to Sersale, a small town in Calabria where my grandfather was born, and we stayed there just 24 hours. The trip to Calabria…

  • Selfie – word of the year

    Time for a new self portrait. I like my hair with a bit of henna, and just colored it so was inspired to paint the only person in the house. I love to do portraits but it is unusual for me to have the opportunity to paint from life. With a nod to Rembrandt, this…

  • Paint my kids!

    It makes a person feel good when someone calls you in a panic in December wanting you to paint a picture of their kids for a Christmas present. Lucky for me, or not, because it means I don’t have a lot of commissions coming in, I had only one other commission, so I had time…

  • Merry Christmas silly card

    So I responded to a silly Christmas card challenge. “Send me a Christmas card” he said, and the only rules are the words “Buddy Holly” have to be on the card. So, the left side of my brain says “I don’t want to have anything to do with Buddy Holly on a Christmas card” and…

  • An opportunity to make a postage stamp!

    Being a big fan of postal art, I became very excited when I heard about this swap. Initially I had to buy a post card, which cost about two dollars and came all the way from England. The blog, Friends and Faux, is filled with wonderful examples of filled out and partially filled out cards.…