Friday, February 29, 2008

Dapper Rhett Butler Reduction Rendition

One of my latest passions in a plethora of portrait pleasures performed presently. What a movie star this little guy is! Still working on book illustrations too, for children's book author Diane E. Dunn and her new, second in a series book titled "The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home: The Adventure Begins." Good things come to those who wait...keep watching...

You can see most of my portraits and other art in MY GALLERIES at: or view my slide shows to the right.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Madame Tutli Putli

Watch this mesmerizing (and somewhat creepy) animated short film here:

17 minutes of absolutely spellbinding animation...

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Open Invitation!!!

205 West Livingston Rd
Highland MI 48357
Phone (248) 889-8660
The council serves as a catalyst to develop, enhance, advance
and sustain the cultural life of the Huron Valley Area in Southeast Michigan
and to be a uniting voice for the arts
in the public and private sectors of the community.

Two local artists, Donna Pellegata and Linda Onderko will be exhibiting their artwork together, which shows two exciting and different approaches to art.

Meet the artists at exhibit opening
on March 7th, 7:00-9:00p.m.
Gallery Exhibits Open:
Tuesday 1.00 – 5.00
Wednesday 10.00 – 5.00
Thursday 10.00 – 5.00
and during our events
March, 2008
Donna Pellegata

Photo by Gerry Pas (

Over the past 28 years Donna Pellegata has created numerous works of art for residential and commercial sites internationally. These works include murals, finishes, portraits, commissioned paintings, hand painted furniture, floor cloths, jewelry and lampworking. Recently Donna has painted mainly pastel people and pet portraits but occasionally has fallen off the wagon and has gone the acrylic route. She also likes folk artsy kind of stuff, so she just goes on a whim with that genre too at times. She used to paint tons of murals but as the houses got bigger and the ceilings got taller, she became more afraid she was going to “break her noggin”, so now she sticks close to the ground. Donna also likes to dabble with lampworking and sometimes goes off on a full fledged tangent with that, just depends on her mood... she’s currently collaborating on a children's book, doing the illustrations while the author Diane Dunn strings her pearls of eloquence from page to page for children to enjoy.

Linda Onderko

Photo by Gerry Pas (

Linda Onderko loves working with many different media including colored pencil, pen & ink, watercolor, acrylics, collage and also mixing a variety of these together. She has different work stations set up where she can work on several projects concurrently, depending on what mood strikes her (or where that muse is hanging out at a given time). She credits her memberships and friendships in the VFAA and HVCA for constant sources of inspiration and support.

Entertainment for the evening provided by
Diane E. Dunn, harpist, author, presenter

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

Friday, February 8, 2008

In Memory of Cody~06.15.1994 - 07.24.2006

I completed this portrait a few days ago. This Scottie's name is Cody and unfortunately he has now passed. His owner has kindly given me the following information on Cody and his breed. Cody's show name was Terrechien Terra Cotta. Terrechien was the breeders kennel name. It means "earth dog" in French, as a Scottie is a terrier that was bred to "go to earth" to kill vermin. He was very much a "red brindle" when he was younger, that is where the Terra Cotta comes in. Scotties are a thinking dog and if it does not make sense to them to do something, they dig in their little heels and just plain refuse. They are also extremely sensitive. It so upsets them to receive a harsh word. They are mostly one-man dogs, and pretty much like any other terrier, they will give their life for you. The owner's vet told her they are the only breed where their teeth actually go all the way to their throat and their canines are larger than a German Shepherd's. They are an uncanny, incredible dog and give their owner's their heart and soul. He is sorely missed by his family and friends.

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