“Fighting like Cats and Dogs” (one panel comic)

By Letizia Morley

For those of you who have kids, as I do, you will relate to this simple black and white comic. For some reason, my two kids just CANNOT get along lately. They are 5 years apart and different genders so you’d think this would not be a problem. In this illustration, the cat is my daughter and the dog is my son. I got a big laugh out of drawing this, but then got back to yelling at them to stop making so much noise. It’s this being stuck inside the house too long that is to blame, right? I really wonder what the neighbors think.

“Waiting for the Ballet Class to Begin” (oil on panel)

© 2014 Letizia Morley

My all-time favorite painting, of my daughter at her 5 year olds’ ballet class. I like the way the late afternoon sunlight gleams over the wood floors and glows on the pink tutus. My favorite aspect of the painting is the distinct personalities of the girls conveyed by their postures. I don’t think any of them was too excited to be there and you can tell. Parents don’t get to observe the class except twice a year so on this rare occasion I took many photos to use as references for my painting.

I didn’t set out to do a painting inspired by Degas’ famous ballerina paintings but it ended up seeming that way.

Note: the painting is signed “DeLorme” since that is my maiden name and also my pseudonym for some of my oil paintings. 

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A Student’s Prayer by St. Thomas Aquinas, illuminated calligraphy

© Letizia Morley 2010

From the archives, an early illuminated calligraphy work I did for my husband. He asked me to do this as a decoration for his classroom. The font, or script, is called Fraktur Miniscule, in use from about 1400 onward and very popular for vernacular works at the time. I used a Celtic Knotwork tutorial book to do the border. I used felt-tip pens instead of paint.

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Edinburgh Castle on a Spring Morning

© Letizia Morley 2017

Edinburgh Castle on a bright spring morning. I am at the top of the Camera Obscura, 19th century tower which houses the “World of Illusions” and also a device (called the Camera Obscura). This from their website (camera-obscura.co.uk):

The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history. This unique experience has delighted and intrigued people for over 150 years. It is a ‘must’ on any visit to Edinburgh.

From inside this mysterious Victorian rooftop chamber, you see live moving images of Edinburgh projected onto a viewing table through a giant periscope. Pick people up on your hands, squash them to a pulp and even make the traffic climb over paper bridges.

Our friendly guide will entertain you while telling stories of Edinburgh, past and present, in an engaging and informative way. Our visitors are truly amazed at how, in this age of high technology, a simple array of mirror, lenses and daylight can produce this incredible panorama.’

Yes, I did enjoy the show and it was truly interesting how such an old device could be so clear and comprehensive in the image it produced.

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Pussy willow branch with raindrops

© Letizia Morley 2017

What a lovely sight! The fascinating silvery tufts of catkins on a riverside willow, glimmering as they sway gently in the spring breeze. I love iridescent things in nature. I kept walking past these pussy willows by a bridge but it was too windy most days to take a decent photo. This day in particular it had stopped raining and the conditions were perfect. I loved the additional point of interest due to the drops of rain.

David Hume Statue and St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh (photograph)

© Letizia Morley 2017

This is a view down High Street in Edinburgh old town of the David Hume Statue and St Giles’ Cathedral. Photo taken relatively early in the morning, with local people off to work and tourists nosing about for good breakfast places. This woman in the red coat seems to be contemplating the statue or else trying to decide where to go next. Or maybe she’s waiting to meet someone. The policeman may be ready to start his day full of writing parking tickets. If you turn around, you’d see up the hill to the Edinburgh Castle from this spot. 

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Bagpipe Player on Royal Mile, Edinburgh (Black and White Photograph)

© Letizia Morley 2016

When you walk down the Royal Mile in the old town area of Edinburgh, Scotland, you will often come across a bagpipe player or two playing for spare change. More often than not there will be tourists taking photos of him. I wasn’t much different but I wanted to take a slightly ironic photo of other tourists snapping this quintessentially Scottish scene. Edinburgh is a city well worth visiting, multiple times. Wear practical shoes because it is HILLY. Built on 7 hills, to be exact, Edinburgh’s streets will give you a good workout as well as dazzle you with its sights. 

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Red Spotted Purple Butterfly (Digital Painting)

© Letizia Morley 2017

I have recently been trying out an app on my iPad called Procreate. It is a pared down, intuitive digital painting app made specifically for iPads that, in my opinion, perfectly mimics traditional mediums. There are hundreds of different brushes and effects, and here I’ve used felt-tip pen, spray paint, charcoal and watercolor brushes to create this painting of a red-spotted purple butterfly. Its scientific name is Limenitis arthemis astyanax, member of the admiral butterfly family, native to the Eastern United States.