Friday Figures-Icons of Change

Portrait of Gloria Steinem, watercolor 8" x 10", commissioned for fundraiser auction to benefit Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma.

Portrait of Gloria Steinem, watercolor 8″ x 10″, commissioned for Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma’s art auction fundraiser September 21.

Ms. Magazine founder and icon of feminist activism, Gloria Steinem, will be the keynote speaker at the Choices 2013 fundraising dinner and art auction on September 21 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The event will benefit Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma. I’m honored to have been selected to paint her portrait. And I’m looking forward to the evening (Crossing my fingers that lots of money gets raised between the salad and the dessert).

Rufescent Tiger Heron, oil on paper, 15" x 17". It's what's on the easel.

Rufescent Tiger Heron, oil on paper, 15″ x 17″, on the easel now.

In other news, I’m working up new paintings for a solo show next April at the Myriad Botanical Gardens (a fabulous tropical conservatory under glass in OKC). Above is a current piece based on sketches from Panama. Do you ever crave turquoise or a shot of mango? After too many years of near-monochrome, I think I might be rounding the corner into a hot color phase.

Orange chinned parakeets gnawing away at ripe mangoes. Sketched from a balcony in Gamboa, painted oil on paper a couple of weeks ago. 16" x 20". Color!

Orange chinned parakeets gnawing away at ripe mangoes at sunset. Sketched from a balcony in Gamboa, Panama and painted in oil on paper a couple of weeks ago in Oklahoma. 16″ x 20″. 

Given that these new works will be of an iconic tropical nature, look for jaguars and toucans, maybe a harpy eagle, but also agoutis and antbirds and lesser-known rainforest residents. Friday Figures goes on hiatus for a while, but after April 2014 we’ll return to our regular menu of nude humans. So please explore with me this bit of diversity, bio or otherwise. It’s time for some jungle love.

Happy Friday.

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About zeladoniac

Debby Kaspari travels the world with sketchbook and binoculars, drawing and painting in wild and not-so-wild landscapes. Norman, Oklahoma is her home base, and she lives there with her tropical ecologist husband and a mackerel tabby named Gizmo.
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6 Responses to Friday Figures-Icons of Change

  1. I’m loving this bright, vibrant colors. Keep going!

  2. KnitNell says:

    Lovely paintings – such gorgeous colours.

  3. zeladoniac says:

    Thanks! Good to hear you like the direction!

  4. Ken Januski says:

    Those parakeets are a gem of a painting, and in fact almost a gem of a relief sculpture given the solidity of all the shapes and the way they interact with one another! I think this may be one of my favorites of your work that I’ve seen.

  5. Oh, la, la on all fronts! Rounding the corner indeed! Loving your journey :) I was wondering what was up. You’ve been busy. Can’t wait to see more.

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