Recent Story-Paintings

 

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“Abram” is my 128th story painting.

Commissioned by his parents, Abram’s painting features one of my all-time favorite characters,

the inept amateur archaeologist, Alonzo.  Initially, I resisted using alligators,

but Alonzo insisted on coming to goofy life on my drawing pad. 

As for Madam Akiko, I had no idea she was a Japanese emigre to the Amazon

until her hairstyle appeared!  Abram’s painting is only

the third or fourth vertically-oriented story painting.

 

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“Cooper” is the 126th story-painting, and only the second to feature chinchillas.

I love painting snow and crazy Christmas sweaters, and I thought these little guys needed something warm after

their chilly ride down the mountain.  I don’t actually know if chinchillas like cashews

in their cocoa, but I’m guessing they do!

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Oliver’s grandmother, who commissioned this painting, told me that his parents are world travelers

and are looking forward to taking Oliver along when he is older.  We decided that

his painting should feature otters.

I researched islands beginning with “O” and found this one– Ovau Island in the western part

of the Solomon Islands.  It was then a short leap to looking up “fish that begin with O.”

  I settled on opah, or moonfish, which are very flat and which come in all these wonderful colors.

 

 

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