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.