Little Ballerinas Zazzle Birthday Card

My new customizable greeting card for any little girl who loves to dance. The message inside says, “We are so proud of you, our sweet girl! Have a wonderful birthday!” This is an impressionist painting I did of my daughter’s ballet class when she was about 4 or 5. Some friends and family say this is very reminiscent of Degas’ famous ballerina paintings but I didn’t set out to paint something in this style—it just happened. The girls were waiting for the class to begin and had such interesting and different body postures (from left to right): bored, rather defiant, getting last minute wiggles out, tired, and a bit hesitant. I’ll let you guess which one is my daughter. 🙂

The cool thing about Zazzle is that you can customize almost anything about a particular product. For this card, you can reposition and resize the image on the front and can change any of the words both on the outside and the inside. Please have a look at my other products if you are interested: for US and for UK. Other countries also available using the country abbreviation in place of “uk” as shown here.

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Shakespeare’s Church, Oil Painting

© Letizia Morley 2013

I visited Stratford-upon-Avon a few years ago to see The Merchant of Venice at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. We went to the tomb of Shakespeare at the Holy Trinity Church in the town, the church where he was baptised as well. The tomb is inside the church and on the grave there is this inscription:

Good frend, for Iesvs sake, forbeare to digg the dvst encloased heare. Blese be ye man, ye spares thes stones, and cvrsed be he ye moves my bones.

I guess I was expecting something a little more meaningful or transcendent than a grave-robber’s curse. Very interesting indeed…

This oil on linen painting is based on a photo that I took of the path leading to the entrance of the church.

St. Josaphat’s Monastery Cloisters (oil on canvas)

© Letizia Morley 2013
During one of my outdoor landscape painting classes through the Long Island Academy of Fine Arts, we went to an erstwhile mansion, now Christian Orthodox monastery in Glen Cove.Here is the view from the expansive gardens behind the mansion.