Recent Story-Paintings

“Ophelia” is my 134th Story-Painting.

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I worked with Baby Ophelia’s mother to create this one-of-a-kind story and illustration.

Because I love painting beautiful fabrics and Oriental-inspired designs,

I decided to set the scene in an elegant teahouse.

Opossums, so soft and fuzzy, are always fun to paint.

and I always get a kick out of including

exotic plants in the piece.

 

“Quinn” is my 135th story painting.

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I always learn new things when I begin researching for a story-painting.

With Quinn’s piece, I discovered that “quoits” refers to an

old-fashioned ring-toss game.  I also turned up information on a

variety of plum called “quetsch.”

I’d always wanted to set a painting in Quebec, and it turns out that the

distinctive building in the background is an elegant hotel–

The Frontenac.  Quaint!

 

“Zadie” is my 130th story painting.

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Commissioned by her great grandmother, Zadie’s painting features my first zebra,

though hers is the sixth Z-name I have done in the past 27 years.

I’ve been watching train videos of Switzerland, and so “Zurich” came to mind immediately.

  This beautiful cathedral clock tower is a landmark of that city.

I’ve always loved the word “zeppelin,” though I am not fond of zucchini.

And I was surprised to find out that “zazzle”–the name of the print-on-demand company I use–

is an actual adjective, closely related to “dazzling!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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