Sunday, July 05, 2009

Birthday portrait

I took a few photos surreptiously of my mother at my daughter's wedding in the hopes of finding something suitable to do a portrait from. She hates having her photo taken so its a rare thing that I can find any material to work with and she isn't interested in sitting for me.

She will be 85 at the end of July, still lives alone and although there are challenges in many areas, she continues to do so. I thought that a portrait to mark this birthday would be good, but I doubt she will feel that way somehow. But whatever the case, it will still be done and you never know, she may even like it!

I've done the line drawing and will continue it in watercolour initially. I may try an oil later, I just wish the original photo was clearer when enlarged.


Charlene Brown said...

Your drawing is just beautiful, and already looks alive -- I find myself trying to guess what she is about to say!

"JeanneG" said...

Wow I can't believe her birthday is coming again. I have been around for several now. I think the first one I was aware of was the one you had a color theme.

Billie Crain said...

I think you have a great start on a wonderful portrait, Jeanette.

Ever consider doing one of her in her younger days? She might really like that one!

Jeanette said...

Charlene, I think she'd say ' stop drawing me'! :)

Yes, you have been here for several birthdays haven't you Jeanne? Its amazing how time flies.

Thanks Billie. Yes, perhaps a younger version of her might please her more. I'll have to dig out an old photo somewhere.

A Brush with Color said...

What a marvelous portrait already. I'm looking forward to seeing where you take this. Lovely.

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Jeanette, the line drawing shows that this has great elements for a portrait - there is a lot of 'character' in her expression :-). My mother didn't like her photo taken either when she got older and she would have been horrified by a portrait. So maybe a younger version might be the way to go for her birthday but don't stop on this one. Even if she isn't keen on it, it will be a great portrait.