Friday, December 30, 2011

Italian Leprechaun miniature

I used to hang out with Philadelphia science fiction fans, almost to the point of joining their official group, "PSFS" or the "Philadelphia Science Fiction Society." Philadelphia fandom shared the character of its host city, with many folks of Irish and Italian descent. And all of them loved to eat and drink. I made portraits for many of them, including this miniature of one of their club officials. Pete was of both Irish and Italian lineage, so he asked that both these nationalities be represented on his portrait. Thus he got an "Italian leprechaun," complete with shamrock hat, Italian banner colors, a green bow tie, an Irish (or Tuscan?) landscape background, and, of course, a forkful of spaghetti.

Nametag miniature is ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper, 2 1/4" x 3 1/2", December 1990.

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