I have been collecting vintage Italian tole-ware icons and triptychs with the intention of painting over the cheap reproductions of religious paintings and painting portraits of insects, wildflowers, and animals instead. This hinged tole-ware triptych now features a field thistle (Cirsium discolor), a sprig of Pennsylvania smartweed (Polygonum pensylvanica), and a tiny, somewhat grumpy-looking groundhog (Marmota monax) in the center panel. My friend Pam has been reluctantly sharing her garden with a woodchuck that she’s named Steve. So there you have it.
Acrylic paint on vintage Italian tole-ware. 9.75” tall by 10.25” when open. $260.
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