Great-Grandmother

"Great-Grandmother"
12x14 Conte Crayon
on paper
©2009 Carol Horzempa
NFS

Thirteen years ago I did this portrait of my mother-in-law Estelle meeting her first great-grandchild, Casey Ray. It was a moment in time that I was able to capture with my camera and later as a drawing with Conte Crayon on Bienfang paper. Casey of course is a teenager now. You can see a painting of him titled "13" done by his mom (my daughter) on her blog.

Estelle is ninety-six years young now and is able to remain independent in her own home with the help of family members taking care of her needs.

This is going to be a busy year for me but I hope to focus on doing more portraits in the near future.

11 comments:

  1. You've been doing this for a while, then? No wonder your portraits seem to capture personality as well as likeness so brilliantly! I love your landscape paintings -- was just reminded of some of your DSFDF entries in the slide show at the top of the column on the right -- but being able to do portraits is unique and quite special, and I'm glad you'e going to focus on that.

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  2. A very touching portrait, Carol. Can't wait to see more.

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  3. Seeing this painting brought back memories of my mother seeing her great grandson for the first time. It is beautiful.

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  4. Lovely, lovely Carol...I love the delighted great grandmother face particularly but the entire drawing is so well executed!

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  5. Dana took the words out of my fingers! I see the beautiful child then I see the delighted face of the grandmother which is a very familiar scene and a big reason why kids love their grandparents back!

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  6. Carol, this is wonderful. I definitely agree that you have captured only the kind of delight that a grandmother or in this case, a great-grandmother can display. I also like the contrast of light and dark in the 2 faces, it makes me think you are emphasizing old(er) and young. Very well done!

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  7. Not only are the faces so wonderfully represented - look at those fingers! Impressive and emotive... Wonderful. -Don

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  8. A really lovely painting Carol - capturing a special moment.

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  9. I'm so glad you posted this, I've always loved this piece. No how about one of your other grandkid? ; )

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  10. Thanks everyone for your comments, they are appreciated. I'm really pleased that you all see what I was trying to convey in my drawing.

    Carrie - I do plan to do some portraits of both of my grandchildren. Gosh they are growing up too fast!

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  11. This is just stunning and very touching. I'm really quite moved by it. Looking forward to following your progress on your blog.

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