Monday, August 23, 2010


This is a little girl I met during my travels through Italy a few years back. I created some sketches of her and snapped some photos and have used both to create studies of her that I hope will help me work out a final painting of her...or maybe two or three. She was such a delightful, little girl. Her parents owned a restaurant on the Piazza in this small town...I think it might have been Montoni ?? She was so open and friendly towards the guests that stopped by, so free and uninhibited - enjoying the sweet life (La dolce vita!) - something we should all practice doing regularly....and it was apparent that she was the entertainment for many of the older folks that were congregated in the area. She was actually chasing bubbles but I also like the idea that she appears to be playing the game of avoiding stepping on the cracks (between the blocks of stone). Something so simple but so enjoyable for so many.

Anyway, a great place to visit....and as some of you that follow this blog know, I love to paint children; So this was especially enjoyable to paint and I look forward to painting variations on this as I work towards the final piece. This is a 5" x 7" oil on canvas and available for purchase.....$85 unframed, does not include shipping. You can reach me at if you are interested in providing a permanent home for this painting.

"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be silent if no birds sang except the best". Henry Van Dyke

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. This is lovely. Children are so inspiring aren't they? And I love your quotes!

  2. Oh she is so precious, and I love how you captured her just in that right moment that I love with children that age. They always have their little heads down like that when they walk, and move the same way, I love it. I promise I remember walking just like that.
    I am still loving your girl in the blue dress and the painting of the two wonderments in the windowed room in your sidebar!

  3. Helen very nice work. I adore your style!!So god to find you again!

    I have a New Giveaway from the French Basketeer that I think you will love!

    Art by Karena

  4. Thanks,Tina...Yes, isn't that so true about little ones. I can remember doing those things too! I love the wonderment of kids, their innocence,curiosity, they are such gifts and I appreciate them so! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Thanks, Karena. I will stop by the French Basketeer. I appreciate the kind words and your stopping by to take a look at my work and comment.

  6. Visit me sometime. I make new music videos almost weekly which you might enjoy.

  7. Did you live in Australia and attend Deakin University in the early 1980's?