After living in Asia for so long, when I paint clothes on my animals they are usually wearing Chinese, Japanese or Korean robes, kimonos, dresses and jackets. I found a great catalogue about Korean national costumes – hanbok– and it helps give an idea where I was coming from when I painted this rat. I don’t…

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Our dear friend, the late Gabriella Teggia helped set up a village workshop near Yogyakarta, where about 15 interns are taught the traditional Indonesian method of batik. This workshop is part of the Akar Wangi Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that develops and supports cottage industries in Java, where young people learn the skills to produce time-honored Javanese…

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More chairs and blue teapots! The following was something that I painted when I lived in Bologna while I was renovating Caiporri, about 20 years ago. We had bought these antique wooden chairs when we first got married and I needed to re-upholster the seats. I bought some sturdy white hemp cloth and drew teapots…

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I sometimes like to add a fabric passe partout (also known as a mat or border) to my paintings. Since I paint on multi-layered, handmade mulberry paper where the weave of the tree pulp is visible, the overall effect is multi-textured. Of course, there is always a bit of tongue-in-cheek with my choice in fabrics.…

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