October 7, 2015

The Owl and the Pussycat: Part III

The write up in the paper regarding the Exhibition was quite nice.  Thought I'd like to share it with you.

Donna Parker Celebrates at Galería Izamal

By Henry Vermillion

Donna Parker celebrates at Galería Izamal in downtown San Miguel with a special showing of new work called “The Owl and the Pussycat” on Saturday, March 21, from 6 to 8pm. Donna’s imaginative paintings follow in the tradition of the late Marion Perlet (also an Izamal artist) and those of her friend and mentor, the late Toller Cranston, to whom this show is dedicated. The Russian-Canadian artist Andrew Osta is another member of this new San Miguel School of magic realism.

Donna’s paintings gained strength and most especially, vivid color, when she moved several years ago from the Canadian plains of her childhood to San Miguel. She shares images of exotic beautiful women gorgeously robed, princesses on painted elephants, and robed nuns careening on ice skates. We see a fuzzy-feathered angel (with two fuzzy-feathered helpers) replacing the moon and stars into their proper places in the heavens after they have all fallen to the ground. The “Owl and the Pussycat” paintings whimsically illustrate the famous nursery rhyme in her own unique style. Her paintings all have the imagination and charm of children’s paintings combined with the technical mastery of medieval icon painters. The energy given out from these works is positive and spiritual.

Relating to this exhibition, she has written about Toller Cranston, “You will be at this show in spirit and I shall feel your congratulatory hug and kiss. You will always be a part of my life. I still hear your voice as I paint.”
Yes, I dedicated the show to Toller.  The exhibition seemed so empty without his presence, however life goes on.  Toller always wore huge hats with large brims.  They were magical.  After his passing I painted the following piece.  It was purchased by a couple who were very close to Toller and could not have loved him more.  The feeling was mutual.  I was over the moon that the painting went to someone so close.
"You Forgot Your Hat" oil on Canvas (A Tribute to Toller Cranston)

It's a beautiful day here in San Miguel.  The sky is blue, the sun is shining.  The light is incredible here.  Take care my sweets.  Thanks for dropping by.

"To be a genuine individualist requires a great deal of strength and courage.  It is never easy to chart new territory, to cross new frontiers, or to introduce subtle shadings to an established color."
~  Toller Cranston


  1. A great and very justified write up over Donna and her talents and fantastic and magical paintings. I know how you miss Toller, but he is still with you in spirit, and always will be. Have a lovely day, was great to talk to you again! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Thanks for sharing this well-written and deserving article about you. Love the painting you did in memory of Toller. Really enjoying your posts.

  3. Marvelous write up about your showing. I loved the painting of Toller's hat and pleased it went to his close friends who will treasure it always.it is fun to view your paintings again, Donna.

  4. That is a wonderful write up! So glad the author could feel the positivity you add to your works of art :D XXX

  5. The journalist did a wonderful job presenting an overview of you and your work. The hat painting is so thoughtful, and I'm glad those who purchased it will treasure it, too.