Free PDF!

Time for Some Silly

With so many of us spending all this time at home in close… perhaps too close… quarters with our loved ones, I’m thinking there may be situations arising that call for some humour.

I’ve determined that this may be a good to open a window…
and share some good-natured rhyming fart humour from my Google-Eyed Snarkle Tarts in the form of a free downloadable PDF of my picture book,  “A Big #2” for a limited time.

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This picture book features my Snarkle Tart characters presenting different ways to talk about poo’s.  The characters are captivatingly cute; and the poems that accompany each image will make you snicker!

Here’s a sample page featuring Ace Kid Mark (say it fast):

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Click this link to download the Free PDF of “A Big #2”!

For optimal viewing of the PDF in Adobe Acrobat, under the “View” tab, be sure to choose the “Read Mode” and also choose the “Page Display” in order to select the “Two Page View”.  While you’re at it, under “Display Theme”,  be sure to select the “Dark Gray” option.

If you’d simply like to see the Snarkle Tarts painting collection, Click here!



For an even better reading experience, the iBook version is available for only $4.99 USD.

A Big Number 2 – by Amy Ferrari
iBooks Edition
Copyright © Amy Ferrari 2016
$4.99

For a physical book, there are both hardcover and soft cover options available from Blurb.

A Big Number 2 – by Amy Ferrari
Print Copy available from Blurb in soft cover or hard cover.
Copyright © Amy Ferrari 2016

 



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Paintings and More!

The Industrial Captivation Collection

This collection is the reason I have seemingly stopped posting my work for the last year.  I wanted to have a chance to present the paintings as a cohesive group, and had hoped to post the entire collection once I had an exhibition scheduled.  But since all things have changed,  I have decided that now would be a great time to share over a year’s worth of work.

Usually when people are thinking about the unique beauty to be enjoyed in and around the city of Hamilton (Ontario), the most prevalent thoughts immediately go to the escarpment, which lovingly looms over lower Hamilton.  While I greatly appreciate this natural beauty, what has recently captivated my eye is actually man-made.

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Since moving to Hamilton and living in the east side of the city, I’ve been enamoured by the sky.  What really sticks out are the vertical plumes emanating from the industrial pipes throughout the industrial areas along the bay.  These vertical plumes are exciting!  Perhaps because vertical sky formations tend to be indicators of danger:  both tornados and smoke plumes from fires are sky formations that can indicate a fair amount of danger!

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The plumes, though ever-present, always manage to look different every day – depending on the atmospheric conditions.  Sometimes the plumes dissipate almost immediately, and sometimes they linger until you’re not sure whether you’re seeing plume trails or actual clouds… when does one become the other?  I do love how they animate the sky!  It brings a certain dynamic quality to the beloved tradition of cloud watching…. You’ve got to be quick to see that elephant or that fluffy bunny wafting by!

Skyward Deco Dance

As I’ve travelled around the industrial areas to try to get a better grip on what is going on in these steam-spewing industrial complexes, I’m captivated yet again by these pipe-laden cathedrals of industry.  These structures are metal monuments to complexity with perplexing organizational purpose.  It’s all so wonderfully mysterious!  Where do those pipes go?  What’s going on in those shiny tanks?  And why? I don’t really wish to know, as it’s much more fun to wonder and imagine.

The Bungee Busy-ness

The captivation factor of the industrial buildings is further enhanced by the architecture of the buildings, which is often rather brutal in scale with strange angles and catwalk-like structures strewn all around.  And the colors….!!!  Nowhere else do you see such brilliant colors in the environment!  Oh! the blues, aquas, and greens!  The yellows in the ladders, steps, and guardrails winding through and around the structures!  And the reds and oranges from the rusting smokestacks!  And the flames!  It’s such a spectacle that there are open flames coming from some of the stacks!

The Dofasco Experience

As dusk falls, the situation takes on an even more animated appearance, as the lights become an exciting visual factor, and the flames really steal the show! In the low light, the plumes take on an even more ominous appearance, especially as the lower plumes intertwine with the pipes and obliterate large chunks of the structure.

Gilded Haze at Hamilton Bay

I have indeed been captivated by all of these industrial sites, and thus decided to create a (still growing) collection of paintings portraying some of my favourite sites in the industrial area of Hamilton transformed by imagination.  Now, I’d like to share my vision of “Industrial Captivation” and hope to inspire a new appreciation for these crazy structures.

 


The Obleakly Netherlasting Grace
36 x 24  Acrylic on Canvas  2020

The Obleakly Netherlasting Grace
The Obleakly Netherlasting Grace

This image is from Beach Road.  I love the way these dreary yet colourful buildings seem to be striking a pose as they diminish into the distance.

 


Facets of Dofasco
48 x 24  Acrylic on Canvas  2019

Facets of Dofasco
Facets of Dafasco

 

This image is from atop the escarpment. The Dofasco factory is in the foreground, and Lake Ontario is in the background.

 


The Bungee Busy-ness
20 x 20  Acrylic on Canvas  2019

The Bungee Busy-ness
The Bungee Busy-ness

 The Bungee building on Burlington Street has always fascinated be with all the pipes going everywhere and the wonderful yellow/blue color combination.  But my favorite aspect of this particular building is the X-mas tree form looming above everything.

 


 Bountiful Busby Above the Blue
36 x 12  Acrylic on Canvas  2019

Bountiful Busby Above the Blue
Bountiful Busby Above the Blue

This building on Burlington Street is such an inexplicable expanse of bright blue!  But what really fascinated me was all the linear hair-like structures on top of the building!

 


Contrails From The Trellis
40 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas  2019

Contrails From the Trellis
Contrails From The Trellis

This amazing trellis-like structure is located near the north end of Parkdale.  It is one of the most prolific steam makers in town!  The pipe complexity is so fantastic that it almost appears as stained glass in some areas.  The two larger stacks on the left have two very faint steam trails drifting out… at least I hope that it’s steam.

 


Gilded Haze at Hamilton Bay
24 x 12  Acrylic on Canvas  2019

Gilded Haze at Hamilton Bay
Gilded Haze at Hamilton Bay

This is my rendition of one of the more iconic Hamilton Bay views as seen from the QEW. In this scene, the sun is going down and the lights are beginning to become pronounced.

 


 Rainbow Crown at Kenilworth
48 x 24  Acrylic on Canvas  2019

Rainbow Crown at Kenilworth
Rainbow Crown at Kenilworth

The building is viewed from the Nikola Tesla near the Kenilworth exit.  This particular view always appealed to me due to the rainbow colors of the stacks.  What really confounds me is why the aqua and green stacks are in the wrong order, with all the other colors being in perfect rainbow order.

 


Skyward Deco Dance
48 x 36  Acrylic on Canvas  2019

Skyward Deco Dance
Skyward Deco Dance

This is one of my favorite complexes and is viewed from the Nicola Tesla.  The volume of steam is usually quite proficient, and the buildings with angles remind me of an art deco theme.

 


The Dofasco Experience
36 x 36  Acrylic on Canvas  2019

The Dofasco Experience
The Dofasco Experience

This site is on Ottawa Street, and is perhaps as close to any of the structure that I been able to access.  I just really wonder what is going on with the large pipes that seem to go nowhere.

 


 Parkdale Pipe Palace
48 x 36  Acrylic on Canvas  2019

Parkdale Pipe Palace
Parkdale Pipe Palace

This is the complex at the north end of Parkdale.  Besides the drama of the steam trails in the sky, the aspect that most fascinated me about this scene is the yellow ladders and rails.

 


 Gage Street Steelway
30 x 24  Acrylic on Panel  2018

Gage Street Steelway
Gage Street Steelway

This site occurs near the intersection of Gage and Burlington Street.  With so many interesting forms, I think of this painting as a study in blue.

 


 

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Coloring Book PDF

MUKster Pages to Color – Free!

Years ago, I created a set of colouring pages for a colouring book based on some very silly characters I call MUKsters.  I’d like to offer the colouring book PDF download (4.4 MB) for free.

I hoping to add to the pool of activities available to engage those who are younger, or to engage those who are simply bored or need a distraction!

All of the images are based on pre-existing paintings, shown in the following graphic:

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MUKsters!!! Colouring Pages Free! Downloadable PDF

Click Here to download the free PDF!

 


 

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Abstract

Time for some Fresh Frivolous Fun!

It’s been a such a long time since posting, you may wonder what I’ve been up to and if indeed I’m still painting?!?

I’m very happy to announce that YESSSS!  I’ve been painting like a maniac!  So much so that my painting arm is not very happy with me lately.  While I refuse to stop painting, I am working on bringing a better balance to the physicality to my painting, thus giving my poor sore arm some relief.

I have created an entire collection entitled “Industrial Captivation” which is about the industrial scenes that I have come to love since I moved to Hamilton nearly two years ago.  Coming Soon!!! I will be sharing the entire collection next week.
Please stay tuned!

In the meantime, as we’re approaching the hopefully happier warmer months, I’d like to share some of my happiest recent abstract paintings,  just for a joyful, colourful distraction.


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Frothing Festive Frivil-Flow

Frothing Festive Frivil-Flow” is yet another painting based on a page of random and experimental paint marks.  It’s not too big, the measurements are 36 by 24 inches.  It was such a fun piece to paint, I can’t help but think of it as an embodiment of pure joy.
It can be yours for $1600.00 CAD.

 


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Wrangle Jangle

Wrangle Jangle” was created spontaneously as a study in colour and form.  This little study, at a mere 9 by 12 inches, turned out to be a perfect X-mas gift, so it’s no longer available, but…  I may decide to re-visit this composition on a much larger canvas, as it seems to want to be as big as its colourful attitude.

 


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Loosely Structured Matrix

Loosely Structured Matrix” is a small 8 by 10 inch panel that is covered with a mosaic of dried acrylic tiles that I peeled up from my palettes over the past several months.  The black ‘grout’ lines are loosely stylized, uniting all the colourful tiles into a fun pop of colour!  This piece also turned out to be a very nice gift, but since I can’t seem to let go of collecting tiles from my dried palettes, I’m certain I’ll be making more pieces like this, especially since it is so much fun!

 


 

I am thoroughly enjoying getting back to doing abstract pieces, and will likely focus more on abstract painting, even as I sneak in a few more paintings into my “Industrial Captivation” collection, which I’ll be sharing soon!

 


 

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Purple Beginnings

It’s a new year, and now is the time to boldly reinvent your surroundings!
For a fresh pop of purple to start your year, check out this recent trio fresh from my studio!

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Purple Lyric 1

Purple Lyric 1
18 x 18  Acrylic on Canvas  2018  $350.00


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Purple Lyric 2

Purple Lyric 2
18 x 18  Acrylic on Canvas  2018  $350.00


Purple Lyric 3 (small)
Purple Lyric 3 (smaller)

Purple Lyric 3 (smaller)
16 x 16  Acrylic on Canvas  2018  $300.00

 


Special Deal for all 3 “Purple Lyric” Paintings:
Purple Lyric 1 plus Purple Lyric 2 plus Purple Lyric 3 (smaller) = All 3 for $900.00
You save $100.00 when you purchase all 3!


 

Wishing Everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!

 


 

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Paintings and More!, Yellow

Fresh From the Easel!!!

Releasing Long-held Grievances
Into The Blinding Light of Love

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Releasing Grievances Into The Blinding Light Of Love by Amy Ferrari

Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 48     2018
$1900.00

This is a recently finished painting that I worked on for almost six months.  So to have it finally finished is indeed a celebration!  Much of that six months was taken up by my relocation efforts moving my home from Waterloo to Hamilton.  But whenever I could steal a paint day, I’d find new ideas to try with the painting…

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Reference Image

The thing I really love about doing abstract paintings is that the reference image, or, starting point, for the piece need not dictate the final piece in any way.  Which means I can fall down the rabbit hole with the painting for as long as it takes me.  This piece took me for quite a journey far far away from the source material which consisted of a few random drips of paint forming four figures.  The source material drips had inspired me because it hatched the thought of trying to create a piece that was about bringing out the dark grievances in life into the light of understanding and love.  It seemed like an important idea to chase, and chase it I did!  While the imagery evolved drastically, the concept of dissolving grievances with understanding remained a constant.  

The images of the four figures, though radically transformed, also remain somewhat intact.  Everybody has unspoken grievances, and usually it’s because it can be difficult to talk about the things that can lead to disagreements.  The grievances are stored in the dark vessels along the bottom of the picture.  The left-most figure happens to be the figure getting the most attention, and the grievances that are being aired mostly come from her.  This figure is deemed by me to be a ‘she’; her focus is her immediate neighbour, who I deem to be her partner. The two figures on the right are relatives and also serve as support for the couple.  As she is finally able to communicate her grievances, the darkness she had held inside dissipates into the yellow light as the understanding from her loved ones becomes evident.  The grievances are dissolved into smaller effervescent particle globs that are surrounded by the yellow light of love that bubble upwards and eventually dissipate into the yellow light of understanding.

While the exact issue that formed the grievances is not terribly important to the piece, I invite viewers to come up with their own ideas about that.  My only suggestion is that she may happen to be reaching the later stages of her childbearing years…   As well, the ultimate result of airing her grievances is not exactly important to the piece, and again, I invite the viewers to envision the ultimate resolution. I suggest that important point of resolving her grievances is that she was heard, appreciated, and loved by the most important  figures in her life.

While the painting is essentially about love and understanding, I am hoping that it is a visual treat with humour, warmth, and harmonious spirit with a presence of positivity.

I wish you all a very merry holiday season full of light and understanding and mostly, full of love.  🙂


 

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Relocation

Relocation Update!

Apologies for my lack of updates….. it’s been a very busy time for me outside of my usual realm of posting about art and art shows and such!

As many of you may already know…. I am relocating my home from K-W to Hamilton! Marco’s job in Burlington has meant a lengthy commute for the past 6 months, and we’re looking forward to drastically improving that commute!

I’m going to miss everyone in K-W and truly appreciate the welcome and kindness everyone in the art community has extended to me over the past 11 years!

I want to extend an extra round to thanks to the folks at The Art District Gallery. I will miss my amazingly talented ADG peeps (past and present!) most of all!  As well, many thanks to the folks at Button Factory Arts; The City of Waterloo; Homer Watson House and Gallery; The City of Kitchener; Art$Pay; the participants of the past “Ferrari 500” shows, The Artists at Globe Studios; and the dedicated art lovers and collectors of the region. You all make the region and K-W a great place to be an artist!  I have indeed been fortunate to be part of such a great tribe of artists and art supporters!   Thank-you!!!

I only hope that I will find a new community half as welcoming in Hamilton. Having said that, Hamilton is not so far that I won’t be able to visit and also potentially participate on some shows!

The big moving day happens in mid-September – just a week away, and, gosh it will be such a relief to finally get settled in our new place…… and then to finally get back to the business of painting!!!

 


Here’s a couple pics of our new digs:

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It’s a cute little house in a neighborhood of cute little houses!

 

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Check out the sunroom at out new place!  Can’t wait to do some paintings in this space!  Mostly, I think the cat is going to love spend time here slumbering and spying on the squirrels and birds!

 


 

Woo Hoo!

 

Classes, Homer Watson House & Gallery

Color Workshop at Homer Watson!!

18149 Making the Most of Colour!

Register Online / Supply List

Over the course of a fast-paced and fun 3-hour session, we’ll get into the basics of colour harmony and colour usage, with simple exercises along the way, and plenty of time for questions! The lecture is great for beginning and intermediate level artists; for more experienced artists wanting a review; and for anyone simply fascinated by how and why we select our colours!

Adult Program with Amy Ferrari

Thursday, August 9, 2018

6:00 – 9:00 pm…$35/$40

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art exhibition, Sale

Fresh Air Fresh Art: The Art!

It’s an outdoor tent show in Ariss!   It’s going to be a wonderful weekend out in the fresh air of the country with plenty of art and wine!

The artists in show include:

Alana Farrel (Found Art) • Nancy Farrel (Painter/Sculptor)
Me!  Amy Ferrari (Painter) • Christine Goucher (Painter)
Marlene Kawalez (Sculptor) • Frances Kirk (Painter)
Clive Lewis (PrintMaker) • Jane Longo (Painter)
James Nye (Painter) • Amy Roger (Painter)
Pamela Rojas (Visual Artist) • Graeme Sheffield (Artisan Blacksmith)

These are the paintings that I’ll be displaying this coming weekend.  Hope you all can come out to see the show!  Hope to see you there!!!

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Fertile Farm Fantasia

Fertile Farm Fantasia
30 x 24  Acrylic on Canvas
$950.00

 

Zen Sky
Zen Sky

Zen Sky
36 x 24  Acrylic on Canvas
$895.00

 

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Next to Godliness

Next to Godliness
60 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
$1420.00

 

Available
Grow House Groove On

Grow House Groove On
36 x 12  Acrylic on Panel
$320.00

 

Dusky Yielding FilaTree
Dusky Yielding FilaTree

Dusky Yielding FilaTree
20 x 24  Acrylic on Canvas
$650.00

 

Hidden Beyound the Green
Hidden Beyond the Green

Hidden Beyond the Green
30 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
$1150.00

 

Post Pourdown Puddle Party
Post Pourdown Puddle Party

Post Pourdown Puddle Party
10 x 10  Acrylic on Canvas
$95.00

 

Raging Sky Po-e-treeprnt
Raging Sky Po-e-Tree

Raging Sky Po-e-Tree
24 x 48  Acrylic on  Canvas
$1150.00

 

Talking the Talk
Talking the Talk

Talking the Talk
30 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
$750.00

 

Lazy Hazy Saunter Sunday
Lazy Hazy Saunter Sunday

Lazy Hazy Saunter Sunday
16 x 20  Acrylic on Canvas
$350.00

 

Here’s More Info About the Show…


Woo Hoo!

art exhibition

Featuring…. Midnight Liaison!

I’m so excited to announce that “Midnight Liaison” is going to be featured at the Ferrari 500 on Friday, May 25!

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Midnight Liaison

Is it my latest painting????

Although is so swirly and beautiful, it most certainly could be a painting…

But it’s not a painting!

It’s another glorious cocktail concocted by Terry at MoonDance Whiskey!

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I can’t wait to try it!!

The Ferrari 500 is a pop-up art show and sale on May 25, from 5 to 9pm at Catalyst 137!

See you there!


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A Sneak Peek at the Ferrari 500!

Here are some of the original art pieces I’ll be offering for sale at the upcoming Ferrari 500!  The ‘500’ means no piece of art is priced over $500.00!  The prices of many of the pieces I am presenting here are well over 50% off their usual price! WooHoo!!!

Catalyst 137 (137 Glasgow in Kitchener)
Friday, May 25  2018
The show starts at 5:00 and runs until 9:00pm.
Get there early to make sure you get the piece you want!!!


Original Art for Sale!

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PondeRose

PondeRose
30 x 40  Acrylic on Canvas
$500.00

 

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Spirit Tree Dawning

Spirit Tree Dawning
20 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas
$500.00

 

Double Door Power Play
Double Door Power Play

Double Door Power Play
40 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
$500.00

 

Available
Pursuit of the Pink Preservationists

Pursuit of the Pink Preservationists
30 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Available
A Farewell to Diet Coke

A Farewell to Diet Coke
36 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

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Flatlander Fabric Flow

Flatlander Fabric Flow
20 x 16  Acrylic on Canvas
$250.00

 

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Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond
20 x 16  Acrylic on Canvas
$275.00

 

Pathways to Peaceful Positivity
Pathways to Peaceful Possibilities

Pathways to Peaceful Possibilities
30 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
$450.00

 

Available
Grow House Groove On

Grow House Groove On
36 x 12  Acrylic on Panel
$400.00

 

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Cy-Pressing a Wave

Cy-Pressing a Wave
24 x 36  Acrylic on Canvas
$400.00

 

Happosition Harmony
Happosition Harmony

Happosition Harmony
30 x 40  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 


And Some Smaller Original Works!

 

Happy Huddle
Happy Huddle

Happy Huddle
8 x 10  Acrylic on Panel
$125.00

 

Casting A Net
Casting a Net

Casting a Net
5 x 5  Acrylic on Cavas
Sold!

Ferrari Fugitive 1 Acrylic on Canvas 5 x 5 $75 2018 R
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Fugitive I
5 x 5  Acrylic on Canvas
$35.00

Ferrari Fugitive 2 Acrylic on Canvas 5 x 5 $75 2018 R
Fugitive II

Fugitive II
5 x 5  Acrylic on Canvas
$35.00

 

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Ordinary Specimen

Ordinary Specimen
8 x 8  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

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Yellow Channel

Yellow Channel
8 x 8  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

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Roswellian Relic

Roswellian Relic
8 x 8  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

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Yellow Channel

Yellow Hopper
8 x 8  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Whispering Wanda
Whispering Wanda

Whispering Wanda
12 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Gaston Gusher
Gaston Gusher

Gaston Gusher
12 x 12  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Ace Kid Mark
Ace Kid Mark

Ace Kid Mark
12 x 12  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Smelly Nellie
Smelly Nellie

Smelly Nellie
12 x 12  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 


 

As usual, I’ll have have some of my archival prints and drawings on hand, so there are many options for growing your collection of Amy Ferrari Art!

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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