Monday, June 05, 2006

Illustration Friday - PORTRAIT


This is my great grandmother, Lena Worrell, at her quilting table. She was incredibly skilled at fabric arts, and taught me how to crochet and do needlework. My mother claims that my attention to and patience for detail came from spending time with "Granny," who always encouraged my creativity.

Ebony pencil, colored pencils and Micron pens.

25 comments:

Momma Pajama said...

Aren't grandmas wonderful? That's funny, I just submitted my IF of my grandma too. I love your art!

Geninne said...

What an awesome grandma you had :-) I loved this illo and the story behind it. My granny was also a big influence on my life...
Thank you Amy for your kind comments on my kids bog. They have been doing creative stuff with me since they were born :-) and their dad is also an extremely creative person...I basically think that's why they've been able to develop their artistic talent way beyond their years :-) I just hope they never loose it.

lil kim said...

This is beautiful. You are very lucky to have had such an influence! I love your use of colour, and the patterns in the illo and border.

ValGalArt said...

Amy your talent abounds!!! It's as if you said "Hey Grandma" and she turned around to see what you want! I LOOOOOOOVE this Amy and when I was a young girl I would do quilting bees with Grandma's, and Ma's and other church ladies and I learned so much from all of them. This reminds me of that special time. That is a gift you have of reminding people of the past in your art! Yer so special...

Colorsonmymind said...

Oh, this is terrifcic. The border is so intense and adds real richness to the black and white portrait, that is so rich already.

michael dailey said...

love the quilted boder that contrasts so well with the b/w drawing. great illo and comentary,

carla said...

Amy - you always delight me with your choices and execution! This is such a beautiful portrait, and so very fascinating in its connection to aspects of your artistic style. I love the patchwork frame - it looks like stained glass to me (although I know it's squares from a quilt)... I also love how you've captured your grandmother turning around in the middle of her work....I feel like she's right there, quilting away! I learned so many things from both grandmothers - as the first grandchild, I had the good fortune of spending a great deal of time with both of them. I love the awareness I have of their influence on me...I feel like they live on in so many little ways.

Wee Cottage said...

What a wonderful look into your life and such a great portrait of your grandma. Heartwarming and beautiful!

Mike Thompson said...

Gorgeous work, Amy! I truly love your blog.

Jaimie said...

what a lovely drawing. my grandmother crocheted (whole tablecloths!) but I never learned anything from her because we lived so far away. lucky you!

Michael O'Connell said...

god bless granny… her encouragement really paid off… wonderful work and a great tribute…

aynaku said...

great work, and excellent details...yes your mom is right about grandma's influnce...I experienced the same w/ my grandfather

steve said...

This is so sweet and so well done. I couldn't think of a better way for you to thank your grandmother Amy!

Anonymous said...

Nice tribute!

Alina Chau said...

beautiful drawing!! love the frame and the delicate style!

Roz Foster said...

This is just beautiful--the black and white photo realism really takes you back into that moment. And the color frame accentuates that movement, as well as clarifying its content with the quilt pattern.

Gorgeous.

Twisselman said...

What a great tribute to your great-grandma. Wonderful expression... seems to reveal the patience of the woman. It is so important for us to remember our heritage and the people who are its fabric. (Didn't intend that line to come out that way, what with the quilting subject, and all. The pun was NOT intended.)

TXArtcGal said...

What a wonderful portrait!...and, I love how you did a quilt frame to highlight your grandmother...what a wonderful gift!

tiffinix said...

Amazing - your drawing is gorgeous! I love the shading and her pose. And to mix the black and white and gorgeous colored quilt pattern. Just a beautiful portrait.

Gillian said...

What fabulous work. So detailed and obviously created with love.

I adore your alphabet too. Must save your blog to favs.

Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment on mine. xxx

Pickledog said...

Your illustration and quilted boarder tells a wonderful story. It reminds me of my grandmother who was secretly artistic, and encouraged me to draw when I was a child. Very sweet portrait : )

Chickengirl said...

wow you come up with very different images every week yet you incorporate your obvious love of patterns...this is beautiful! I love the mixture of the color frame and black and white.

Andrea said...

WoW! This is a beautiful drawing. I like how you have kept it black and white and then colored the frame! Amazing work!

Alexiev said...

Que buen trabajo, me gusto mucho tu estilo... esta buenisimo... y los colores pasteles... increible...
Saludos desde buenos aires...
This is beautiful. Love work
Best regards...

AscenderRisesAbove said...

this is lovely; what a tribute!!