Illustration for Anna Molinari ad by marianne goldin
Via Flickr:
watercolor, ink and color pencil piece i did to show as an example for an illustration class i taught at GAGE academy (seattle) in aug 2006 - the model is maria carla boscono by the way i took a lot of liberties with that dress…

Diving back into my original Flickr favourites inspiration research archive from 2006 Mirella Bee Happy Bruno :)

As vezes pra que haja “libertação”, só é necessário que haja amor. Amar alguém e trazer pra sua vida a perspectiva do Céu, leva tempo, mas é tão (ou mais) libertador, do que uma imposição de mãos. Invista em pessoas, cuide de alguém
—  Ton Molinari

Ed Molinari     Writer Joseph Heller Eating a Nathan’s Hot Dog, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York     1979

“What a lousy earth! He wondered how many people were destitute that same night even in his own prosperous country, how many homes were shanties, how many husbands were drunk and wives socked, and how many children were bullied, abused, or abandoned. How many families hungered for food they could not afford to buy? How many hearts were broken? How many suicides would take place that same night, how many people would go insane? How many cockroaches and landlords would triumph? How many winners were losers, successes failures, and rich men poor men? How many wise guys were stupid? How many happy endings were unhappy endings? How many honest men were liars, brave men cowards, loyal men traitors, how many sainted men were corrupt, how many people in positions of trust had sold their souls to bodyguards, how many had never had souls? How many straight-and-narrow paths were crooked paths? How many best families were worst families and how many good people were bad people? When you added them all up and then subtracted, you might be left with only the children, and perhaps with Albert Einstein and an old violinist or sculptor somewhere.” Joseph Heller, “Catch 22″ 1961
Family resists Google's campus sprawl despite offer to buy farm for millions
The Martinellis try to preserve their family history and the agricultural spirit of the valley that is now surrounded on all sides by the tech company.

“A Bay Area family is holding on to its ramshackle farmstead in the heart of Google’s sprawling headquarters despite reason to believe it has been offered $5m to $7m by the tech giant for the tiny patch of land.

The land – which is home to battered pickups, a crumbling ice house, and a handful of renters – is now surrounded on all sides by the tech company’s more than 25-acre campus in Mountain View, California.

Measuring less than an acre, the property is also home to fig, tangerine, avocado and ancient pepper trees, many of which were planted and harvested by the late patriarch of the family, Victor Molinari, who died five years ago.

His surviving relatives appear disinclined to sell.

“Right now we’re living,” said Leonard Martinelli, 49. “We don’t need the money. Right now it’s not for sale.” His sister, Sandra Martinelli Bilyeu, 43, added: “If we keep it, we keep our history.”

But it is not only the family’s history that is being preserved.

A Google employee bikes in front of the Martinellis’ property at 1851 Charleston Road, in the middle of the Google campus. 

“Silicon Valley may now be synonymous with tech behemoths such as Google, Apple and Facebook, but not so long ago it was miles of lush farm fields where plums, cherries and tomatoes grew in abundance.”

The fabric of a community comes from what happened here. Newcomers have no connection to why we came here except for more jobs. That’s it for them.”
—Brian Grayson of the valley’s preservation action council. 

read more: guardian, 15.12.16.