Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lightening struck last night

I was talking to my friend Bobbi who I have not seen nor heard from in over three years. [my fault] She found me through my blog believe it or not and she told me she sort of 'caught up' with what was going on with me the past 8 months or so.

You know how it is with really good friends. You can pick up as if you had just seen each other yesterday. I don't know if my mind was in a good place or her quick wit made me happy or her warm soul made me feel safe but I just started sketching an old photo I found in an album.

This little girl is a relative from my mother's side. Based on the photo, she would probably be in her late sixties today. I have no idea who she is but her hand is being held by her grandmother. With the photo being B&W and her face almost 1/2 inch high, I was able to improvise on it a lot. I may paint the grandmother and her brother.


24x18 oil on canvas

26 comments:

Carrie Jacobson said...

How lovely it is to find and re-find those friends of the heart. And how lovely that re-finding her opened you up to this painting. It seems charged with emotion - in a different way than many of your paintings are. There's a little distance, a little formality in this one that most of your work doesn't have - another side of you. I'm interested to see where it goes, what you do with it.

Thanks for your note on my blog, too. We both did public service, built community, engaged - and we're doing it still, but differently. I love thinking of you as a PIO. I bet you were just the best.

Art By Erika said...

You know it's a true friend when you can pick up where you leave off anytime any place! You are blessed with each other! This painting has a Japanese feel to its composition, I love the blue outline - it works!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

I love all your paintings but this one is so very special.
Beautiful!

Angela Elledge said...

Wonderful painting and a great idea to revisit old photos for inspiration. I was digging through old stuff the other day and found photos that I would like to paint one day, but I was stopped by a pair of my daughter's little tennis shoes that I had saved. I didn't know I had saved them for a painting, but apparently that's what I did and will do one day! :-)

Quwwa said...

I like this one!

Color Splashes said...

Sheila these is such wonderful painting. I think you should keep going with the grandmother etc... Was done on one of those canvases on the wall. i love that idea.

r garriott said...

I love the wonderful posterized quality of this, Sheila.

Gwen Bell said...

Really love the style of this Shelia.
The child has a great expression and I love the red kimono so near that area of solid yellow.

Edward Burton said...

Very sweet painting, Sheila - great composition. How very nice that you reconnected with an old friend.

Dean Grey said...

Sheila!

Very cute and whimsical.

I love the color combination of blue, red, and black in this painting.

Glad you reconnected with an old friend as well!

-Dean

Abby Creek Art said...

Really nice, Sheila...especially that you worked from a black and white and brought it to such life.

Also...LOVE those three paintings you've been working on (in your last post). Keep going on those!!!

Charlene Brown said...

You've done it again, Sheila -- painted a wonderful painting and come up with another brilliant idea very likely to inspire many of your readers. We've all got B&W photos we treasure -- this post just might result in a lot of very special projects!

Lauren Maurer said...

I've moved so much and lost conact and reconnected with friends and I do know how great that feeling is! This painting is great- I love her shiny hair!

Gary Heller said...

Pretty cool that your friend caught up with you some time before you eve knew and was catching up on things through your blog. Must have been such a pleasant surprise to hear from her then.
Lovely image Sheila. It has a heart warming quality about it.

Lokelani Forrest said...

I just became a follower. I am really enjoying your blog. How interesting to have been a forensic artist.

Manon Doyle said...

Lovely painting Sheila! It's wonderful that you could reconnect with an old friend. I just recently did that myself.

Judy Mackey said...

I know what you mean about re-connecting with old friends and seemingly the conversations and feeling just pick up right where we last left off. I think that's why some of us have a soft sport for Zama.
Love the nihonteki painting!!
Cheers,

Judy

Mary Paquet said...

Lovely piece, Sheila!

Art with Liz said...

As usual, I'm probably no 156th on your comment list, but I just have to add to everyone else that I love the feeling of the beautiful painting. And you know you have a true friend when you can connect without recriminations after 3 years! I have one as well, so I'm blessed.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

There you go! Just let your inspiration guide you. I adore this painting. You should do a zillion of them. The little girl is precious.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Nice job Sheila...it's hard to work from a small b&w and you really pulled it off...congrats, girl!

Flo said...

You are very Nice
^^
and your work are beautifull like you
Un abbraccio
:P

James Parker said...

Hi Sheila!!! This is a delightful painting...60 years old now? It is good to get back with folks you haven't seen for a while, and it is surprising that you can often sorta "pick up where ya left off." If you get a chance, drop by for a "just for fun" blog...a few smiles and a few "wows.

r garriott said...

Hi Sheila, Haven't heard from you for awhile. Hope you're hanging out with your kids enjoying summer. Miss your posts! Hope my last email wasn't TMI.

Michelle said...

Very sweet painting...quite amazing to be working from such a small photo!

How fun for you to catch up with an old friend. I hope your summer is going well and that your having a wonderful time with family and friends!

Gary Keimig said...

very nice and very well presented. So good of you to reconnect with your friend.