about family; about portraiture

Ignas & Jūratė; father & daughter

Elza & Herminė; daughter & mother

This new sketchy kind of thing is a change from my usual overworked attempts at realism. I’ve never left a work so underdone… strangely, I quite like both styles. That’s not like me!

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One slightly weary nutcracker; one Lithuanian clog with amber stud; one carving of San Francesco d’Assisi taming the wolf; all wooden.

I think of him as the Prussian officer, a childhood gift from my German cousins, his jaws were never strong enough to crack more than a walnut.

Now he reminds me of the grandfather I never knew, the father my mother never knew – he died when she was seven months old – Johannes Michel UIGSCHIES or Uigšys in Lithuanian. My grandmother was born the same year as his daughter by his first marriage. He must have had something 😉

Opa Uigschies

The clog with amber stud is an early and relatively refined example of Lithuanian folk art.

The statue of St Francis was bought in 2010 in Assisi. I prefer to believe that I was named after him rather than the truth, which is that I was named for Francis Xavier Cabrini.

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carved Polynesian (or possibly Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, African??) lamp base

Once sported a pagoda shaped China-yellow lampshade, long since destroyed. Now sporting a 50s lacquer-red lampshade rescued from my parents’ home.

Those with long memories may be reminded of the good old bookstore days…


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cute kid (baby goat)

received in hospital on the occasion of my tonsillectomy for being “such a brave girl” and because no ice-cream was forthcoming…

Adults lie, I discovered. I must have been about 8 years old.

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two koi

carved from wood and coveted since childhood

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The Australian Gemmologist, Autumn Number, May 1973, Vol 11 #10, Serial No. 97

Aust Gemmologist copy

With an article starting on page 3 by Elza R. Sasnaitis, ‘Amber, the Gold of the North’, based on a talk she gave to the Victorian Branch of the GAA, thus the somewhat conversational and anomalous style of the article. Pdf below.

Aust Gemmologist-Amber by ER Sasnaitis

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slightly bruised set of nesting dolls

We called them Babushkas but they seem to be more commonly known as Matryoshka dolls these days. The USSR stamp is still legible on the bottom of the ‘mama’ doll.

Though I played with them a lot, and delighted in correctly matching the top to bottom details of each of Babushka’s ‘daughters’, apparently they did not make it into my special outdoor classroom. Pictured from left to right: Snowy, Baby Johnny, Rose-marie (she had exchangeable heads with either pink or brown hair!!), Angela, golliwog, Teddy and several unknowns (or sadly forgotten).

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