Portraits of little ones and their parents and grandparents are so special to me. As I have no children, each finished portrait becomes a part of my own family in some way, even as I hand it off to the client. My work may never grace the walls of art galleries around the world but I am completely happy knowing that several homes now have a part of my heart in a portrait that could last for generations to come. 💝
Category: (Grand)Mother & Child
It’s a joyous time of the year for the most part …but for some it will be a difficult time. Many people have lost loved ones this year.
I know of a wonderful family who recently lost their father/son/husband, late 50s, diagnosed with a rare cancer just a few weeks ago. I was reminded again how life is so fragile and is but a vapor. Psalm 144:4 tells us this… “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”
I am often at a loss for words during difficult times; in spite of deep feelings I have. I am thankful for an outlet in art to express myself and share my heart.
I saw this sweet, special moment in a photo of the gentleman who passed with his only grandson and wanted to do something with it for his wife. As I studied it, I felt I wanted to convey the time, place, mood, feeling, and memory of this photo rather than the exact replication of the faces. So, I attempted to do a pen and watercolor wash to capture all the things the photo revealed to me. When I presented it to his wife, she immediately recalled the week the family was together at the time this photo was taken. It’s just a quick sketch, not my typical style, but I think it fulfilled what I’d hoped to accomplish.
Say a prayer for those who are hurting this season… and go hug your people! ❤️
This is one of the thousands of reasons I love drawing portraits.❤️🌺 Another satisfied client … what a blessing to me to be able to bring a bit of joy during difficult times.🌺
🌸HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!🌸 …. If you don’t have children, fret not, Neither do I ….so…. 🌺HAPPY LADIES DAY🌺 to you. 😊. You are a wonderful, unique, and distinct creation of God!
This is my grandmother. My mom found and sent a very old photo that was a bit torn and worn. I knew I would have to guess at some areas but I wanted to draw it as a gift to my mom. She was so surprised! 😌 The look on her face when she received it told me that I must have done a pretty decent job. She loved it. Honoring my grandmother and blessing my mom❤️.
Every time I work on a mother/child drawing, I admit, for a fleeting few moments, I think about the fact that I never had children. Then, typically, my next thought is how each of these drawings is a new artistic creation, and so very satisfying to me. 🙂. I am thankful for the ability to draw for several reasons, but being able to express the tenderness of a parent/child on paper like this is near the top. I have done a few of these and each brings such joy to my heart. Hope you enjoy it as well.
I was out purchasing art supplies a few weeks ago and when I cashed out the young girl handed me a flyer and said, “We are having a Mother’s Day Art Show. Here’s how you can enter.” I took the flyer but didn’t think much of it. I still consider myself to be a newbie so to enter an art show seemed sorely premature. However, on the drive home, I strongly started to consider entering the show. In my mind, I thought it would be a great way to get over the ‘first art show’ jitters, after all, the show was at a local art store, not at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Right?
OK, that relieved me a bit. So, then I remembered a picture I saw on Facebook that I’d seen months early and at the time thought I’d like to draw it one day. I mostly remembered the tenderness I saw between the two subjects (a grandmother and first grandchild) and wanted to try to portray that on paper with graphite.
I contacted the the friend who posted the photo. I explained how I wanted to draw the photo and enter it into the art show. She gave permission so I started drawing. Last week I entered the drawing into the art show and on May 9th there will be a reception and prizes.
Honestly, the reception and prizes part is not my primary reason for submitting. I just wanted to have this ‘step’, this milestone, behind me. I can now say I have entered an art show having works submitted from multiple artists around the city. :). Don’t get me wrong, if I happen to win a prize that would be terrific … and a great motivator to continue improving my skill and blessing as many people as possible.
This is my legacy. I’ve never had the opportunity to be a mom. As I’ve gotten older I began to wonder what legacy I could leave. Over the past two years, I’ve discovered that each of my drawings, in the many homes they now in, both in the States and overseas, will be a perfect legacy. Each of my drawings carries within each stroke a piece of me.
So here is the piece that I submitted. It is called ‘Grand Love‘.
I don’t typically give my drawings a name but as I was working on this one, the expression on the grandparents’ faces (as they held their daughter’s first child) looked as if they were holding a most prized possession. I loved drawing the older subjects along with the fresh face of the baby. This drawing pushed and tested my skills. It was a study in a lot of things … but I like a good challenge.
I was asked to draw one of my favorite types of portraits (Mother and Child), for a first time mom as of one month ago. It was also a first for me in that the photo had much detail, which could tend to look extremely murky, in my opinion, when using graphite. In the end, the recipient was happy, so, I was too.
Those who live in Georgia have surely heard of Tripp Halstead (www.facebook.com/tripphalsteadupdates), the 2-year old little boy who suffered head injuries when while playing in the yard of his daycare a tree that had been weakened during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 lost a limb that fell on him. It is an incredible story and God has really worked a number of miracles for him and his family. Their journey is still being chronicled on the link above.
I was perusing their Facebook page one day and saw the sweetest photo of him and his mom … A perfect new drawing challenge. You will have to see the original photo on their site as I haven’t gotten permission to use it on my site. The finished drawing turned out okay. I was pleased with it at the time. Drawing it made me think at some point I’d like to do a ‘Mother and Child’ series.