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Saturday, April 17, 2010

New Watercolor Portrait, "Recollection"


















Recollection, watercolor portrait, 21 x 17"


This is the 3rd painting in the series, "Telling Stories", paintings and stories of the elderly. Mary is a reserved, shy woman of 92. She has beautiful blue eyes that brighten when she smiles. It's obvious by our conversations that her family is her biggest source of joy and pride. Each time we talked about her children or grandchildren, she was at her most animated. She smiled and laughed and could remember vivid details about each. Other memories were more vague and she seemed less interested, like those of her childhood or her years working at an insurance agency.

Mary wasn't so comfortable having her image drawn or painted and, admittedly, my first attempt to draw her wasn't very flattering. I think this painting is a better representation of her gentle, reflective nature.

22 comments:

maria kovalenko leysens said...

Oh Peggi, this is my favorite so far! I love the light and how you really captured the moment. I also like the color palette... just enough!

Crystal Cook said...

Just beautiful!

Peggi Habets said...

Thanks, Maria! I'm glad you said that about the palette b/c I was tempted to throw in more color. I'm glad I didn't.

Thanks so much Crystal.

Manon Doyle said...

Peggi,
She is absolutely beautiful! You have a way of capturing the essence of the people you paint!!

Peggi Habets said...

Thank you Manon!

SYLVIANE said...

This portrait is wonderful, we can't stop to watch her, and try to share her thoughts!I am impressed by the subtlety of the features, the hand, the color.
Bravo!

Peggi Habets said...

Hi Sylviane,
Thanks for your comment. I appreciate the kind words.

sam said...

Really fantastic Peggi, I love the way you have handled the paint and those blues are a delight.

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

I love this one. Such expression and beautiful color.

Peggi Habets said...

Sam,
Thanks! I a used a lot of pthaylo blue and cerulean blue.

Thank you Peggy.

RHCarpenter said...

Gorgeous blues and those eyes! And hair! One of your best, I think, and you've captured her mid-story, eyes alight and glowing with wonderful memories. What an artist you are!

Peggi Habets said...

So nice to hear from you Rhonda. Thanks for the feedback!

Abby Creek Art said...

Your paintings of the elderly blow me away, Peggi. They are so beautiful and thoughtful and you capture the special essence of each person. I LOVE them!

Peggi Habets said...

Thanks Linda! Not sure how far I will take this, but it has been a nice break from commission work.

Karine said...

It really is a wonderful portrait, Peggi. I sometimes have to draw a person more than once (or twice or three times) to really "get" them. I didn't think you struggled at all! How nice to know I am not alone.

Vikki North said...

Beautiful and love the hand to her face as if she's reminiscing. Very poignant.

Peggi Habets said...

I know what you mean Karine. Some of my figures have not only been drawn more than once, but painted and "finished" before I realize they don't work.

Thanks, Vikki!!

cowango said...

Everything about this is fantastic. Her blue eyes, the background, the shading. Fabulous!

Stefanie

hmuxo said...

I can almost read her thoughts, with her expression, that you certainly captured. My Dad is 98 and I enjoyed painting a portrait of him. I also liked the colors in this one.

Peggi Habets said...

Stephanie,
Thanks so much!

Hilda,
So nice to meet you here and thank you for the compliment. I stopped by your blog and enjoyed your pastel portraits. Very nice!

devotedmomof7 said...

WOW!! What a beautiful way to show the beauty of the aged.

Art Antonious said...

Absolutely delightful and amazing work. It is so refreshing to the soul.