A Busy Year

It has certainly been a year of ups and downs.
In regards to art...
I can now say I have been a member of my Local Art Society for one year
and have attended Watercolour Classes under the tutelage of
local Sydney based
Award Winning Artist
Norma Jones.

I thank Norma
for her support and encouragement throughout the year
and will look forward to her weekly class in 08…
that’s if she’ll have me!

Oh… I can be such a rebel! Maybe I’ll even enrol in a double!
Perhaps I will one day convince that maintenance man that drops in from time to time to be
our nude model!
I will continue to be a member of the
Bankstown Art Society in 2008
and look forward to entering their
seasonal and yearly exhibitions.

I can’t believe that I have painted all the works
that feature in My Blog in this time frame.
I hope I can add as many in the next year.
The year afforded the luxury of my first computer…
and then a digital camera!
The engine almost stalled on the “steep learning curve!”
and now feel I know a few things in this regard.
That’s a lot considering I knew nothing of emails a year ago, let alone linking sites and the rest.

I’ve met some wonderful people through my art endeavours this year,
both through the
Art Society
and through
Art on the Net.
All the beautiful, talented, wise students of the
9.30 am
Watercolour Class
My neighbour in class – and poet extraordinaire!
You are such a beautiful person!
One day I will own one of your Award Winning Budgies.

I’ll have to get rid of Chocky & Bu first!
Love your drawings!
Will always remember the one you did of me in class…
I was flattered!
The ever elegant
I am in awe of your spirit and youthfulness in mind.
I really admire you.
Never lose that twinkle in your eye!
I remember sitting in your place my first day in class… and you let me know it!
I love your courage.
I love you – get well soon.
Miss Rhonda – your teaching ways never leave you,
keep up your individuality through art.
The Cheeky one.
Keep the jokes coming!
The other Cheeky one.
Love your work.
Thanks for the never ending “bickies”
Your work is always so delicate and beautiful!
My “twin” in class.
Fellow Cancerian and painter extraordinaire…
yes… I do listen to you Reina despite you thinking otherwise.
From one “princess” to another…
Will miss you next year. Keep up the contemporary style and good luck in your art endeavours for 2008… see you around the shows!

Norma Jones
Watercolour Artist & Tutor
Can always get a job as a race caller at the Melbourne Cup!
I mean that very affectionately!
Love to you!

I thank you all for your encouragement in class
and your friendship throughout the year
and will look forward to the

"ruckus and banter"

On the Net in Art Cyberspace

Sandra Wilson
Your generosity of time & spirit is so valued.
Love our chats about art and other stuff.
My B&B Buddy too!

Annie-Maree Gill
We were separated at birth.
Your support has been so dear and it's so nice to have so much in common.
Your work is perfection!

Nick Simmons
You are one funny guy! Love the hair.... want the hair... I'll just settle for that hair!
Your work is too expensive, can't afford it!
Or maybe a good investment...ummmmm!
We'll talk later!
Jokes aside...
Thanking you for your encouragement and time and I absolutely love our chats.
I'm honoured to know such a talented man in the Arts.
Family & Friends
Your encouraging words and constant contact always amazes me.
Sydney forever!
La porta e aperta!
Love you.

For sharing in my art endeavours and for your sweet encouragement always.
Abbracci cari e baci.
I miss you. Come when you can!
"Forever young!"
They made a song about our saying! We should get royalties!
Ti voglio bene.

Sei Brava anche te!
You are also very talented.

You are always using that word 'talented' (blush) and that I should do something with it!
I’m doing… and I am trying!
Love to you always!
Your generosity of spirit amazes me constantly and your time is always appreciated.
Look forward to liaising with you in your support of
in 2008.
Love to you always!
To quote you...
"To think that without the intervention of one small, but very beautiful canary, our paths would never (maybe) have crossed! "
I couldn't have put it any better.
To B
For being in my life!
I love you.

Mum & Dad
Your love and support is infinite and I am forever grateful for your advice & encouragement.
I love you both more than you will ever know.

Just for being you!
From me
The Wog!


On the down side...

I lost my gorgeous girl
in May
She was my constant companion here at home.
Never further than my lap.
Always there when I painted.
I will never forget her unconditional love!
and those gorgeous little


Blue Angel of Peace

Christmas 2007


19 x 28 cm

This post will close my first full year of art work.

May the

“Blue Angel of Peace”

find you and fill you with





God Bless


See you all in


Chocky's Christmas Cheer

Couldn't resist taking his photo when he turned up in his Christmas gear!
Chocky is ready to party!

He is our new baby boy who is celebrating his first Christmas with us.

We adopted him as...

His previous owners no longer wanted him,
as he was somewhat of an impulse purchase
and weren't prepared for the high energy
and attention seeking ways of the Burmese.

So he started his young life isolated to the confines of their garage,
with his only social interaction being at meal time.

Chocky had some weird behavioural problems at first because of his isolation,
but he has overcome his shyness
and is now such a happy loving cat.

Coco, I'm sure had a hand in this...
I am convinced she helped find our way to each other.

I also need to thank my friend


Without her intervention Chocky would not be here with us today.


Chocky is incredible,
He has a sixth sense and always knows when I am in need of a cuddle!


This was given to me recently by an Artist and friend of mine

Sandra Wilson

I am a fan of her work in watercolours
and absolutely loved this when I saw it.

Her generosity of time and spirit will always be remembered and treasured.

Her support and encouragement in my art work has been invaluable and
I thank you Sandra.

I love our chats!

You can see Sandra’s beautiful watercolour work and more at


My Gorgeous Girl
(My First Watercolour)


What better subject than my sweet Coco sleeping to practice watercolour.

I never thought how precious this first work would become once she was no longer here.

I lost her very unexpectedly to cat flu
I had rescued her from the
"jaws of death"
once before.
As she turned up on my doorstep starving 2 years ago in May.

"Goodnight my Gorgeous Girl"
I miss you.
Coco Kiss
A Tribute to her Life
(2005 - 2007)

28 X 19 cm


Bankstown Art Society
De Haan Gallery
Viewer's Choice
Winter Awards 2007

I had just lost my sweet girl Coco
from pneumonia as a result of catching cat flu.
I was devastated, as she was my constant companion here at home.
She lost her battle for life on the
4th of May at 4am, 2007.

I felt it necessary as part of my grieving process to complete this portrait of her.

I entered it into the
Winter Awards as I wanted to share my picture with all who viewed it.

I was overwhelmed when it was chosen as the winner of the
Viewer’s Choice Prize.

Read more about Coco
Visit her Blog below
A Dedication To My Gorgeous Girl
watercolour ladies series
no 1
17 x 24 cm
watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine

watercolour ladies series
no 5
10 x 12 cm
watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine
pamela is my Signature Lady representing my watercolour ladies series

watercolour ladies series
no 7

25 x 38 cm

watercolour on reeves
Nocturne was painted very late one night, hence her name.
watercolour ladies series
no 6
16 x 18 cm
watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine

nude 1
watercolour & gouache
work on paper
20 X 30 cm

nude 2
watercolour & gouache
work on paper
20 x 30 cm

nude 3
watercolour & gouache
work on paper
20 x 30 cm

a Tribute to my
Gorgeous Girl
(2005 - 2007)

These were the very last photos that we took together.

I believe she knew our time was limited as she looked straight into the camera.

I am so happy to have had her in my life even though it was for a short time.

I miss her beautiful intelligent face and those eyes of hers.

She was always by my side and loved to sit by my easel near my papers and brushes.

I will love and miss her forever!
read more about Coco by visit her blog below
a dedication to my Gorgeous Girl
this blog has been set to private at present 12.8.09

la francesina
the little French girl
150 x 150 cm

acrylic on stretched canvas

lady with cello
no 3
27 x 37 cm

watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine

lady at her piano
no 2
27 x 37 cm

watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine

la donna con il violino blu
lady with the blue violin
no 1

27 x 37 cm
watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine

three rosebuds
watercolour on montval
185gsm cp


three blooms

watercolour on montval

185gsm cp


lavender urn
12 x 32 cm

watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine

This was the first "Urn" painting that inspired the others.

I have given this away to an artist friend of mine Annie, as she loved it and is also into vintage and old collectables.

I would’ve loved to have been there to have seen her face as she opened her her surprise package.

She has given me nothing but support with my painting and invaluable help.
I regard her friendship highly and although we have never met in person, my wish is that one day we can meet at The Sea Hath Its Pearls.

You know what I mean Annie.
Thanking you for the wonderful person you are!

You can view Annie’s gorgeous work by visiting her

website or blogspot

Gazing Out The Window



Charcoal and White Pastel,

on White Drawing Paper.


Thank you Annie for sending me this print as a gift.

I have it in my bedroom along with my vintage collectables of pretty things and it will always serve as a reminder of our friendship and the start of our art adventures together.

blue mountain gums
27 x 74 cm

watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine

Inspired by the Eucalyptus Trees that are responsible for the famous blue haze of the mountains.

Not long ago, i was asked by an overseas artist whether i painted gum trees? “Everyone there in Australia paints gum trees” was the perception. I don’t particularly like them per se, perhaps because they are everywhere to be seen.

As they are so typically Australian i thought, perhaps i shouldn’t take them for granted… instead seeing the beauty within. So whilst conversing with this person about our Aussie gums, i began to sketch out the beginnings of what you see as my completed watercolour above.

Hope you like this different take on them.

wild magnolia
19 x 55 cm
watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine


On the wild side, this was painted with purely the paint in mind.

Splashes of red, orange and purple were used to create an interesting backdrop for this magnolia painted in a contemporary style.

I painted this while staying in the little village of Leura, in the beautiful Blue Mountains of NSW, Australia, a place where i escape, to get away from the fast pace of the city.

sublime point

blue mountains view

Sublime Point NSW


perugina photography © 2009 patricia vannucci

la manolia bianca
white magnolia
55 x 37 cm

watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine


magnolias in sepia
40 x 30 cm
watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine


The magnolia comes in many different varieties all gorgeous in their own right.
I love them all, along with their delicate perfume.

Have painted many of them and have them about my walls. As I adore most things vintage, this one in sepia tones gives it an antique feel.

These flowers have become an addiction and have even started purchasing them from other painters/artists.

i limoni

14 x 55 cm

watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine

Here is that urn again!
As mentioned earlier these urns lying around the house make great carriers of subjects.

This time I imagined them full of lemons.
Perhaps from the beautiful Mediterranean coastal village of Capri, ready to be turned into
that delicious drink Limoncello!
12 x 39 cm

watercolour on montval


The fragrance from these is what I wait for each year.

When the first milky white flowers appear I rush out and pick the blooms and place them in shallow bowls all over the house.

A full bowl in the foyer is a must and as their perfume fills the air you immediately think, ahhhh... The fragrance of summer!
rambling roses
14 x 50 cm

watercolour on montval

french lavender

11 x 26 cm

watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine



I've tried to create an old world look. I have many of these urns about the place and my imagination filled it with beautiful French Lavender.

watercolour on montval
185gsm cp

14 x 30 cm

agapanthus bloom
14 x 42 cm
watercolour on montval

Inspired by the beautiful blooms about my garden and neighbourhood come summer time.

Almost like a firework these wondrous flowers burst into masses of blue and white colour.

my studio my home

As the title suggests my studio is my Home.
I welcome you here into this special place where i spend my days creating pictures.
You will find in these blog pages my many works that have been inspired by life around me,
emotions, feelings, where i have been, where i will perhaps go.
I paint what inspires me and what i find beautiful.
Whatever the subject you can be sure that it has been painted with joy and passion.
Enjoy your time here and if the moment takes you let me know your thoughts.

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Would love to hear from you.

Thanking you for visiting