“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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Tropical Butterfly Designs in my Zazzle Shop

This was a digital painting done in the Procreate app on my iPad, which I then used to design this mug. Available in 11-ounce and 15-ounce sizes.
Microwave and dishwasher safe. Price: $17.90 and £14.40 UK. Visit https://www.zazzle.co.uk/z/3np8w for the UK product.
Also available in 11-ounce and 15-ounce sizes. Price: $17.90 US and £14.40 in UK. For UK product go to https://www.zazzle.co.uk/z/3npv2.
Price: $28.45 in USD, not available in my UK currently. Dimensions: 12″ x 16″
100% brushed polyester is wrinkle free. High tensile strength fabric makes for long lasting quality.  Hidden zipper enclosure; synthetic-filled insert included.
Inserts are hypoallergenic and filled with a faux down polyester fiber.
Machine washable, able to retain color and resist shrinkage. Made in the USA.
Night Light with Green Tailed Jay butterfly. Price: $24.55 in US but currently not available in my UK shop.
Dimensions: 3.7″w x 4″h x 1.5″. Light bulb included. Type A plug, compatible with sockets in USA, Canada, Mexico and Japan. Images printed in full color on Mylar and inserted in night-light, assembled with plastic protective cover.
**Zazzle also is available in many other countries. Simply type in “www.zazzle.co.xx” and fill in your country abbreviation after “co.”. Then you type in my name in the search bar and my products should come up. Currency and language will be that of whatever country you’re in but not all my products are available across all countries.

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.