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Portrait of Young Man, pastels, after the Rubens sketch

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Portrait of Young Man, pastels, after the Rubens sketch.  Rubens and other artists of the time would use the same figure in multiple paintings.  

 

Portrait of Young Man, pastels, after the Rubens sketch

English Woman, charcoal portrait

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Us in a field in Pennsylvania

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Matteo

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Matteo was my mother’s brother.  He was born in Partanna, Sicily in 1893.  His last name differed from his siblings.  This anomaly has been prodding my curiosity for several years.  Recently I wrote to Partanna to request his birth certificate.   Unlike others I’d received, this one did not show his parents.  Then I requested a copy of his Social Security application.  There he named his father.  Assuming he had the facts correct, now we know his father’s name.  But what happened to his father?  His mother, my grandmother, remarried when Matteo was around 5 years old.   

Matteo
Matteo (Matthew) Calzanera, 1893-1960.  Digital portrait

He immigrated in 1915. I remember him teaching me to use utensils the continental way, fork in left and knife in right, and now switching back and forth.  He was a very quiet guy as I recall him.   My brother me he was quite active in the garment workers union in NYC, as was his sister Anna (Annette). He married a woman named Nellie who died in the early 1940’s. I think they married in Newark, at least I found a record of a Matthew and Nellie in the marriage records and as this is a uncommon combination of names it’s likely to be them.   He died when I about 10 years old.

 

Ukranian Woman

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We walk to museums, to look at buildings of particular interest, to lunch or dinner.  I can not help but look at the people.  Ukraine was part of Russia for hundreds of years but the area has been inhabited for over 30,000 years.  Who are they?  The ethnic group called ‘Ukrainian’ is Slavic, as are Russians, Poles and parts of the old Yugoslavia.  They do not seem in general to be quite as blond with super light skin tones as I noticed in Russia, but close enough.    

Ukranian Woman, watercolor, , 20×20 cm, 8×8″

Tapas With Friends

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In a bar in Cabañal having tapas with Ximo and Andea.  They are great company.  We tried an array of unusual tapas, thanks to Ximo’s excellent suggestions.  Superb local wine.  I had a great time with them in May, sometimes in bar and sometimes at Ximo’s place.  

Cabañal is on the edge of Valencia, Spain at the beach.  The narrow streets reflect the age of the place, which is full of many two story traditional Spanish townhouses.   This is a small water color painting.

With Friends in Cabañal, Spainwatercolor, , 20x20 cm, 8x8"
With Friends in Cabañal, Spainwatercolor,  20×20 cm, 8×8″

Close up

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She’s A Looker

 

She’s A Looker

 

$60 Limited Edition Giclee print (highest quality available), signed and numbered x of 100

 

 

Unlimited edition $35 12″ x 16″/ 30 cm x 40 cm high quality paper, printed signature

 

Andrea

Andrea in Valencia

This is an impression of my friend Andrea.  

 

Andrea in Valencia
Andrea in Valencia

 

$60 Limited Edition Giclee print (highest quality available), signed and numbered x of 100 

 

 

Unlimited edition $35 12″ x 16″/ 30 cm x 40 cm high quality paper, printed signature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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