My second portrait – Dad


My Dad – This is what he looked like with I was a little girl. 

So upsetting

As you can see, my first attempt at his face, was a total debacle.  Normal people do not have mouths that big, unless an operation to make them voluptuous went terribly wrong, and as you can see in the photo, my fathers lips are perfectly normal.

So, it was time to forget the past, and move on to another try.


I do believe that this is almost there…..  some how I did not quite get his face long enough, but it is a real good picture other than the length.  I’m thinking if I haven’t rubbed the paper raw I may work on that neck… I’m seriously thinking that is the problem.  You may see more of this portrait, if not, then it’s on to Mom.

Portraits…. that’s new to me!

I decided after many years that I had to try my hand at portraits again..  I always seem to hit impasse when I try to draw a portrait.  I decided back in August I was going to draw a portrait, and I meant it! 

Here is my journey…….  from beginning to end!

That’s not your Grandfather!

   Sometimes it’s just better to stop and start over again…….

Mainly because that’s just not my grandfather.  “I’m sorry Papa, I’m gonna start over and try one more time.”   And, I’m making this vow to myself.  I’m going to keep on keeping on until I get it right.

ps – I’m some what of a Beatles fanatic, so this is not the last excerpt you will see.  I just know it.  So many things from that movie that apply to life.  So many!  But just saying, my grandfather was a better looking gentleman that the one in the movie…. just saying.

These eyes…….. ewe?

I decided to start over with the portrait of  my grandfather, since Blair said it looked like a spanish gentleman.  As I’ve said before, “That’s not my grandfather!”

I took the photo of Papa and turned it upside down.  I decided after others, who know, told me it might be easier to draw upside down.  Left brain/right brain thing…..?  Well, it looks some better, as better goes…..but I’m still not convinced it looks like Papa.  Lordy, this is not easy!

Here is the final finished product…..!  I think for my first portrait, it looks pretty damn close!  DSCN0416

I feel so good about this that I’m doing one of my Mom & Dad.  I’m going to draw them from their photo portraits done in their 20’s.  I think it was their 20’s…. they were young anyway.  What’s so important about age anyway, it’s just a number. They sit on my dresser and I look at them all the time.  So, here I go again!!!

Dad0001 Mom0001


If you have excellent vision, you can probably tell that I’ve started on the head.  I’ve come to a halt today since I reached his nose and ear……  these area’s are intimidating to me for some reason.  I have to make sure that I am feeling “all creative” before I can continue on.  But, on a happy note, I am on fall break, I’ve promised myself this time would be spent creatively so I have all the time in the world to get this right.  At this point, that’s how it seems…. :[  Ha!  We will see…..

I know this is my 2nd post in one day, but I’m on fall break and I’m on a roll…..