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Nancy Roman

I’m Still Here!

A few folks have written wondering about my disappearance.

Thank you, everyone, for worrying about me.

I’m fine.

I’m not giving up the blog.

I have just had a temporary career (perhaps ‘hobby’ is a better word) switch.

As I have shared with you before, I’ve been painting watercolor pet portraits for a year or so. And I sort of over-committed this Christmastime.

I just couldn’t bear to say no to anyone who was looking to give a gift of a portrait of a beloved pet.

So I said yes to everyone. Absolutely everyone.

And so I’ve been painting. And painting. And painting. Every single day.

Poor Theo and Henry and the cats are bored and have already alerted the SPCA of their horrid neglect. My husband has also called on whatever protection society cares for ignored spouses.

But I am just about finished. And considering there’s only a bit more than a week before Christmas, it’s a good thing I am about done.

I will write again after the holidays. I haven’t abandoned you at the side of the road with my family. Just sidelined for a few weeks.

I can prove my alibi:

Here’s just some of the portraits I have done. These are just from the past two weeks!

I have even done a HUMAN!

This is Nonna Maria, who is 108 years old. (and I did her twice, since the person who commissioned her wanted her portrait for two gifts.)

So forgive me, as I hope my family will eventually forgive me.

I’ll be back!!!

34 Comments

  1. Your paintings are beautiful and so realistic! I’m awe-struck. You are clearly a gifted artist as well as writer.

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  2. Deb

    Nancy, these are amazing. I’ve loved seeing the animals but the Nonna portrait… you have found your niche and are clearly embarked on a journey with this talent you have.
    I see a gallery opening in your future. Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. These are wonderful Nancy! You have an amazing talent and gift.

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  4. Your pictures are so lovely! Thank you for sharing them with us ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Love your paintings, youโ€™ll make a lot of people happy with these. Sometimes itโ€™s good to change up hobbies for a bit.

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  6. They are gorgeous.

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  7. Pat Carlucci

    You have never ending talented!!! Iโ€™m in awe!!!

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  8. Your work is wonderful!

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  9. You are really good at that! No wonder you’re so busy. It is certainly an interesting time of life for a “career change”, such as it is, but I hope you keep enjoying it. Keep up the good work and stay happy.

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  10. Such beautiful work! You are gifted.

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  11. Blimey Nancy you are a phenomenon. What perfect gifts.

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  12. Beautiful portraits, Nancy – what a wonderful talent! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Your artwork is stunning! I may get a pet just so I can commission a watercolor from you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Jennifer

    Wow! These are so well done!! You have a gift. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  15. Damn you have some talent

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  16. Keri

    these are wonderful! Love them! not for this Christmas
    ….. but….. how would one commission a piece from you?

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    • Keri

      nevermind ๐Ÿ˜‰ I found it! I’ll be in touch! Happy Holidays!

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  17. I can see you have a very good excuse, the portraits, human and animal are wonderful. You will make a lot of people very happy this Christmas.

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  18. Amazing talent you have! Merry Christmas to you; I’m sure all the recipients will be thrilled!

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  19. I love that you have so many things you love to do! Your painting is wonderful! On top of your writing. Creative people often have a myriad of talents they can’t wait to try out. I’m proud of you for going for it!

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  20. Oh my goodness! These are FABULOUS!

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  21. Hope

    Dear Nancy
    You capture the essence of every one of your subjects. The paintings are alive.
    What an incredibly multi-talented person you are.
    ๐ŸŒบ

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  22. Those are really good!

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  23. These are wonderful, Nancy. Very talented.

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  24. lydiaschoch

    It’s great to hear from you again. Wow, you’ve been creating some beautiful paintings!

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  25. You are very talented, Nancy. Love them all…..~Elle

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  26. wow! you are crazy talented ~ beautiful, you can really see the soul of every being you’ve painted,. well done!

    MJ

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  27. Nancy, I’m late to comment, but I wanted to agree with everyone who loves the portraits. I would add that not only do they capture the sweet characteristics of the animals (and the person), they are technically very well done. Your handling of the medium, use of color and, especially composition, are first-rate, especially the cat with the wrought-iron swirls in the background. Your clients should be very pleased! (And, as an artist who has wrangled my share of watercolor, I envy the ease you seem to have developed.)

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  28. I love all the paintings, but the one of your grandmother is especially nice! I’m glad you’ve fulfilled your commitments and can now relax a little and enjoy the holidays.

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  29. You are so talented! The paintings are wonderful.

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  30. These paintings are so great! The recipients will have everlasting mementoes of their beloved pets.

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  31. I love them all. You’re lucky to have such a talent!

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  32. You’re really talented! And the nonna looks so sweet and good-humoured… what a nice face to have at 108.

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  33. Showing us this beautiful work you do is not going to slow down your work load. I would think after seeing these amazing paintings that you would get an order from every single person who read this. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.

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