Spring!… In a Little Communiqué Spot

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Looking for a particular type of drawing?   From cottages to child portraits to landscapes…Simply choose and click on a portrait ‘gallery’ link to view my artwork – listed by subject – in “Categories,” just over there to the right! 



Girl at piano

Newest in my  All Things Childhood gallery, “Practicing My Cross-Over Piece”


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In the place where memory snapshots live, I hold close a scene so like this — so much the same  that it makes me almost hear again the sweet sounds of three little girls taking turns at piano practice.    I remember how sunlight felt its way into their room, played tic tac toe on the walls, skipped a glow across piano keys.   And simple chords played again and again amidst their  togetherness and laughter, breathing peace to my spirit with the light and dance-y freedom of it.

I was recuperating there with these friends after surgery and somehow the homey sounds of someone in the nearby kitchen preparing dinner, the baby entertaining and gurgling to herself on the floor with her toys strewn round,  while unstructured musical notes rose like a symphony tuning up… it stirred a restful sort of joy that just said…this is family, this is home.  

Though I only recall a rented piano in my own growing up home at a time when I was too little to play… and I personally never learned more than plucking Heart and Soul with one finger from a school friend who lived round the block… I feel a sort of yearning for fingers on keys that is somehow satisfied deeply in watching these girls of my heart play.   A universality to it…

“There’s just something I love about listening to my girls practicing piano after school,” another friend wrote me around that time.   In between the lines, I could hear them too in imagination… in that can’t put into words sort of way those simple musical strains have of speaking warmth into an everyday afternoon.

I think of a time when my mom’s best friend from childhood invited us to hear her first piano piece ever.  She was about fifty when she’d decided to take lessons she’d longed for all her life, and excitement seemed to twinkle not only in her eyes but through her fingers as she played her simple tune that day. 

Many years later, I spoke to her of that recital she’d given us. 

“Oh honey, I never played the piano!” she avowed, memories drifting.  

I wonder today… if she were to see this drawing… would it stir the leaves of those long forgotten pages of her life, bring back the musical notes?  

I like to think so.  

I’d love to hear from you too… does this piano portrait stir a heart memory or two in you too?  🙂

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With the photo atop the piano, this drawing of “My Cross-Over Piece”  also makes me think of a little one practicing her most special piece…

Maybe perfect as…


LIKE THIS PIANO PORTRAIT (“My Cross-Over Piece” shown above) AS A GIFT FOR YOURSELF OR ANOTHER?  LET’S CHAT.  EMAIL ME AT pam.depoyan@gmail.com. 


May piano songs of joy ripple over you this spring! 



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Do you have any vintage family photos that might make special portraits?  I’d love to see them.  If I do a drawing from your photo, I will gift you with a mini-print of that piece.  

I’m especially interested in photos taken of young women or men of the 30’s or 40’s who kept the “home fires burning” (as described in my story above) or children of that era

Email your photos to me at pam.depoyan@gmail.com


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“Rose Cottage Tearooms”  available in People and Landscapes After the English Heart



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I look forward to hearing what you think as you take a gallery link tour throughout! And remember to stop in often, as I’ll be adding new ‘pieces’ as I create them — as well as changing up the message in this “little communiqué spot” from time to time, to ask your thoughts and to keep you in the loop of any special offers, updates or seasonal greetings.   🙂


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pointer bestSimply choose and click on a portrait ‘gallery’ link in “Categories,” just over there to the right!  🙂

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327 thoughts on “Spring!… In a Little Communiqué Spot

  1. Pam, I think old world charm never really goes out of fashion, and many (including me) love the thought of slower paced, gentler days. I see a young boy in your image above who is proud to be sailing his yacht solo on the boating lake for the very first time. Maybe he’s turning back to his proud father, who has been happily watching from the sidelines, eager to share some refreshment with him now. Your vintage sketches are delightful! It’s been a blessing to stop by your site from the #glimpsesofhisbeauty link up. Keep up the good work… 🙂


    1. Thank you, Joy. Your words encourage me… I’ve been feeling a bit like my tastes are “out of step” though I do think these days of old are timeless, too – love your storyline about the boy in the center of this one! 🙂 He does look like he’s excited to tell someone something as he approaches… I appreciate your sharing your thoughts on it here! Stop in again…

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  2. These are lovely! I would take you up on it, but I’m a bit of an illustrator myself 🙂 Visiting from Coffee for your Heart linkup.


      1. It’s been a while, since I’ve had my own kids I haven’t done much… but I did a pic of a baby in a man’s hand that placed first in a state competition, and an Eskimo boy with his husky is one of my favorites…other than that, mostly either horses or fanciful…


  3. What a unique talent you have for drawing children! Love the little one walking. I was a child of the 30s so I’ll see if I have a photo you could use.


    1. I just added that one here today 🙂 I love it too… so sweet. It makes me see the children I’ve known as they take their first steps… Will be adding more as I do them this month, so do come back. Thanks, Faye! I’d love to see any photos you have! 🙂


  4. pam – you are so gifted not just in writing but in your drawing as well. I love all the pieces you shared on this post, but I was drawn to the little boy in the Irish hat and his cheeks! Oh and then the older sibling kissing the baby…. Thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday last week. Hope to see you tomorrow too.


    1. I am amazed myself by how God is bringing out my art these days… never used to draw this depth before and I enjoy seeing them come to life too. 🙂 The two you mentioned are two of my favorites too! I’m adding a new one here right now (baby and pup in a tub) that I wasn’t sure was going to come out (the photo I used as a model was not the best quality so hard to see details) but it reminds me of those old Good Housekeeping cover artists I love… Thanks, Debbie!


  5. You’re so right. There is something so precious about hearing your children practice piano. Or other instruments. Our son plays guitar and sax, and I miss hearing his music fill the house. Beautiful art!


  6. The words are as lyrical as music and the drawing is inviting. While I find the painting and photo beautiful, no memories of little children playing the piano are stirred. I played accordion for awhile and then plunked out a few notes on the piano from an elective class I took in college. But playing the piano was comforting on days when my spirits needed lifting. Visiting from Faith and Friends.


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