Thursday, December 27, 2007

Holiday Latest

Here is a holiday commission I completed before Christmas, just one of MANY. It's really been busy around here so I haven't been able to post as often as I had intended. Let's face it though, you get what you pay for and you came here for free right? Ha Ha Happy gift to you and all that!

The holidays are always a time of special meaning to me. I love my husband's huge Italian family and this is when most all of them, grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, babies and pets, come together and take their lives in their hands at my cooking skills. They fawn all over me telling me how beautiful my house is and what a good cook I am... liars lairs pants on fires! If they only knew (and they might have but were just being polite) how much stuff was kicked under beds and thrown wadded into closets hidden out of sight! Not to mention how many spoons were licked and doubled dipped for tasting as I tried desperately to get the recipes "just right."

My favorite part though is just being with them, from the grumpiest oldest (which quite frankly there was none of THAT day) to the delightful youngest and to my daughter's precious elfin Pomeranian that thought the youngest children were brought to HER as Christmas presents. I have mixed emotions about the day being over, I'm wrung out but empty hearted as I look back at a day that will always be a part of what life's memories are all about. These moments pass and are all too often quickly forgotten, so it's a good thing to at least sit for a while and write about them, savor the pictures taken from them and laugh out loud about them so they can be remembered as they should be.

Merry Christmas to all and to all...all things right.

You can see most all of my portraits in MY GALLERIES at: or view my slide shows upper right.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Donna Pellegata Artist

I needed a place to show photos and inform customers about the latest and greatest goings on. I paint virtually every day so there will always be something new to see. I won't finish one everyday, but as I do I'll post them here for viewing.You'll can see most all of my portraits in MY GALLERIES at: or view my slideshows upper right.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

My sister and brother who I adore

Before my sister passed away from breast cancer in 2005, she wrote this poem about my brother:

Just when I was free, you alone called it three,
so I dropped my dry guard, dragged your hand down
our yard to relate to you
what I could see.

Would you thwart all the rifles and swing on barn doors?
Let my soles tap grace while we shatter all rules,
figure me an ink fiddle, teach me your blue glass songs.
We’ll wake up all those lads who were schooled way too long.

Won’t you reach for my ma, draw her tune to the light?
Over shy leaf-borne hills
let gold showers ignite all the thread she has woven,
the words that have slid from the page of her lips
to create your sole bid.

For the father and mother of nature can bind—
Or rend—all lone creatures, depending on kind.

~Patricia Taylor-Jones (1950-2005)
Geez, I miss her so much.