Cat against orange field.
My three pets.
I’ve been working on this painting over the past few months, the work a bit more strung out than usual because of summer traveling, guests and home construction. This is our cat, Rose.
I caught her on our patio, meowing for attention. From a snapshot, I added a background that suited Rose in her royal glory.
This is still not quite finished, but close.
Ron Gallegos stopped by my studio at the Firehouse Art Center this afternoon to pick up a portrait. He had a beard when I did the painting!
Mono print hand cut stencil of Ephesus, Turkish mother goddess.
At Ephesus in Ionia, Turkey, her temple became one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was probably the best known center of her worship except for Delos. There the Lady whom the Ionians associated with Artemis through interpretatio graeca was worshipped primarily as a mother goddess, akin to the Phrygian goddess Cybele, in an ancient sanctuary where her cult image depicted the “Lady of Ephesus” adorned with multiple rounded breast-like protuberances on her chest. They have been variously interpreted as multiple accessory breasts, as eggs, grapes, acorns, or even bull testes. Excavation at the site of the Artemision in 1987–88 identified a multitude of tear-shaped amber beads that had adorned the ancient wooden cult image or xoanon. In Acts of the Apostles, Ephesian metalsmiths who felt threatened by Saint Paul’s preaching of Christianity, jealously rioted in her defense, shouting “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” Of the 121 columns of her temple, only one composite, made up of fragments, still stands as a marker of the temple’s location. The rest were used for making churches, roads, and forts.
This is a rendering from a photo of my niece Jennifer and her dog.
Here is a watercolor I did a few years ago of Jen as a child, taken from an old family photo:
A sketch of Holly’s Uncle Jim.
The drawing isn’t 1/2 as good as the source photo, so I’m not going to show you that.