Fran Downs
  • Redmond, WA
  • United States

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At 7:06am on August 14, 2016, Debra Kay said…

Fran, I just noticed your comment about the whimsical armadillos being good for a children's book. There actually is a sort of "story" behind that drawing that makes it special for me.  Last summer my husband (who passed away this April) was in the hospital due to complications from cancer, and I was there with him, spending the time drawing different whimsical animals with the same sort of jungle-like backgrounds. I ran out of ideas and asked him what animals I should draw next. He said, "Armadillos" so I "googled" armadillos to see exactly what they looked like and then drew them. Later I asked him what made him choose armadillos and he said "I was just going to go in alphabetical order every time you asked me, and armadillo starts with A!"

At 5:53am on August 14, 2016, Debra Kay said…

Hi Fran. Thanks for liking my various "whimsical" pictures. I do much better with whimsical animals than I do when I try to make them look real : )

At 9:11pm on August 12, 2016, David Hawkes said…

Hi Fran. Just been looking through your portfolio, you have some beautiful pieces of work and all your paintings feel so alive.  You seem to have that special talent that captures the moment and translates it onto canvas..

At 2:57am on December 30, 2012, Michael Branham said…

Fran, I really like your work.  You do some really nice paintings. Thanks for sharing them, Mike B

At 10:30pm on October 11, 2012, sharon oppenheimer said…

Thank you Fran,I learned alot with your help.

At 11:02am on September 10, 2012, Lyn Pilgrim said…

thank-you for your friend invite Fran love your work, have a great week, Lyn x

At 5:14am on September 8, 2012, Raven Amadeo-Vittone said…

Thanks Fran!  I see you are an animal lover like me.  :-)

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