Florida Flora and Fauna

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CYNTHIA MANIGLIA
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My cousin and her cat

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My second cousin and her cat came to visit us in Florida around Christmas time and they love it here so much, they’ve decided to stay. As a little gift before she moves into her new place, I made this whimsical ink and watercolor  “illustrative portrait” for my cousin and gave it to her this morning. My cousin loved it and said I even “got” the little birthmark over her cat’s nose just right. I love when my artwork brings smiles. To me, that’s what it’s all about.

What’s in front of me

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It’s the first day of summer. Yesterday, we celebrated Father’s Day with a trip to a local nursery and botanical garden. I took lots of photos to use as references for upcoming sketches and paintings, and I look forward to sharing them with you in the coming weeks. This is just a little doodle I did up in my Artist’s Loft. Sometimes when I don’t know what to draw or paint, I just draw or paint whatever’s in front of me. Literally.

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Me on Father’s Day at the nursery

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