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    Laverne DeFazio

    Penny Marshall as Laverne DeFazio from Laverne & Shirley. Circa age two, I wrote the cursive L all over my baby book. That's all I really need to say.

    Available on RedBubble as prints, postcards, stickers, shirts, hoodies, and kids' clothes:


    Personal Pet Portraits

    "I just had to tell you how much I LOVE the portrait you drew...I almost cried when I opened it. You captured them perfectly. It's not just a pix of Bichons, but a picture of MY Bichons!...It's as if you knew them. You truly captured their spirit and everything unique about them." – L.N.

    "OMG! Ray I love the portrait...Thank you so much for capturing the personality of my favorite kitty!" – V.S.

    Lately, I've had a number of requests for pet portraits, which have been such a blast to do, I'm going to offer them regularly! Three samples are above. Info is below. E-mail me or use the contact form on the side to get your portrait started!

    PENCIL PORTRAITS, 9"x12" Bristol Board
    (priced without postage)
    One pet: $50
    Two pets: $80

    You will receive a high resolution file to use for printing however you wish.
    One pet, black and white or color: $125
    Two pets, black and white or color: $165
    More pets: e-mail me!

    All I need from you are a description of your pet(s), noting their quirks and habits, and reference photos. Simple! Payment is due before I begin drawing (I accept PayPal or money order) and you'll receive your portrait in two to three weeks!



    Uncle Toots: I've Had It with The Gays

    Uncle Toots takes on Prop 8, DOMA, and The Gays.

    "The country's got hemorrhoids."



    Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern

    Last week, I wrote a little about Valerie Harper and Rhoda Morgenstern, plus showed a very early-in-the-process sketch of a piece I was working on. 

    Well, here's the completed work:

    ...and the sketch:

    Watching Valerie on her talk show appearances last week, plus disc after disc of RHODA, really inspired me in so many ways. I'm happy with this illustration. It says more about how I feel than anything I could type.

    "Don't go to the funeral until the day of the funeral." – Valerie Harper


    Valerie Harper as Rhoda (In Progress)

    Valerie Harper has been in the news lately. Her willingness to share her story is another reason why she, and her work, effects me so much. After being with my grandma through her final month through her moment of death, a time like this serves to reminds me, once again, how important life – and living in the present moment – is. It's something I remind myself of frequently.

    I started working on this tribute to Valerie as Rhoda. It'll be done in a couple days. I'm not really satisfied by my previous effort – which Valerie Tweeted me that she loved, and it also ended up on Playbill in a video interview with her – so I figured there's no better time than right now to work on Valerie/Rhoda, and what that means to me, again. Or, maybe, that dissatisfaction is just a sign of growth.

    Valerie, if you see this, please know you've had a great impact on my life and artistic career. Secretly – or, not so secretly, depending on who you talk to! – I've always thought you'd be the perfect person to play my grandma, Josephine, who introduced me to Rhoda in syndication on late night TV in the early 1980s. (It was a Friday night and I was up much later than I should have been, but Grandma didn't mind.) I wish you much love, peace, and strength...and more love. Listening to I, Rhoda and watching your interviews, as I have been these past few days, you do have it all around you.

    Back in a couple days with the finished work!

    UPDATE, March 18th: The completed work