Friday, April 26, 2013

Fanny Jane

The week has gotten away with me and I've spent most of it doing the "behind the scenes" work for art instead of being planted in the studio. 

Playing catch up from being away from work has taken its toll on my brain and then there's the switch to the new studio.  Its a lot more time consuming than I had anticipated but I should have a good dent in it this weekend and hope I can start some work in there soon. 

Its also the season of juggling galleries, with seasonal ones opening and needing pieces delivered.  Packing, delivering, communicating, reviewing...There's just not enough of me to go round some days! 

But the sketchbook still is with me and even if I don't get much studio time, I take a few minutes here and there to put down some lines.   This sketch is of my maternal great grandmother, Fanny Jane Atwill, born in England in 1861 then moved to St. John's.  There was some trips back and forth it seems before they settled finally.  I would say she was likely in her 70s when the photo was taken which I used to draw from.  The quality wasn't great in the image so detail is limited.  The high necked lacy covered dress, was  that a "for best" or every day wear I wonder?

She has a glint of mischief in her eye and I think she would have been an interesting person to know.


Celeste Bergin said...

a fine drawing!

Jeanette said...

Thank you Celeste.

Linda Walsh said...

LOVE your drawing of Fanny Jane. You can see the glint in her eye. I bet her Victorian dress was just beautiful. Beautiful dress for a beautiful and amazing woman.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Linda and yes the dress was elaborate and classic for the time period I imagine. I'll have to try a painting of her perhaps but the photo is not great that I'm working from.

Sue Pownall said...

What an interesting face. I bet she could tell a story or two.

Jeanette said...

Yes, I would like to have had a chance to meet her. Pity they didn't have the same levels of technology then to record people, thoughts, etc.