Today… In a Little Communiqué Spot

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! 

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Introducing…  A New Gallery Here…

Before they were famous — in portrait as children

Can you guess who these people are here in drawing?

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1950 Family on Patio

From a photo taken in 1955, Pencil/Pen and Ink Portrait available now in my newest gallery: Before they were famous — in portrait as children

There was just something warm and nostalgic and lovely as a cherished classic movie that struck me the first time I came across this image, and I just knew — THIS was the one I had to draw.  That story-inviting feel of a once-upon-a-time young family that – though now well known – could be anyone, out on patio, spring blossoms framing windows, the gentle look of young son to dad, and mom taking them both in with her smile…

It reminds me of the wonderful vintage magazine covers I’ve loved to frame and decorate my own home with…  🙂

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cherry blossoms in full bloom : Stock Photo

The idea seemed to fall like blossom petals on my shoulder…

Why not try my hand at portraits of people who have made a world difference in some way – not in the image we know them as in grown up years, but rather in capturing something of who they were as children – before they were famous? 

They might be of people you admire or not…

Yet, when you look into their much younger faces, maybe you’ll find a bit of well known expression, a touch of endearing that makes you see them in a fresh light, gives a deeper insight of their story.  I think of “bring your  baby pictures to work days” when trying to guess who was who, I was struck by innocent smiles and softer hearts, how often I could still see the same shy smile in so and so, and how these pictures gave me insight into those I only thought I knew.  In some cases, made me more understanding and giving of grace.  

little-girl-in-coat-and-hat-version-2At first, I brushed this portrait idea off as accidental.  For it began with another drawing I recently drew of this sweet one – completely unaware that it was a child snap of a great lady to be.  To me, it was only an endearing picture of a 1930’s child.

Who she was didn’t matter to me – I wasn’t drawing it for who she was, but for the cameo-sweet lines of her face, the softness of the coat and hat, the lush collar and zippy buttons marching down the front…

I had no inkling of the woman she became, respected worldwide, until quite unexpectedly, her name popped up.

Hmm, I thought.  I stared closer, trying to see the woman I knew in this little one.  I never would have guessed…but suddenly, I did see.

Do you???

I’d love to hear your guesses (write them in the comment section) on the identity of those in the family portrait above and the little vintage girl!  

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 A Bit of Charm, Grace and Romance Never Out of Style for Your Walls

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Feet on sakura petals : Stock Photo

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

 Happy Spring!

Pam

Rose Cottage

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

 

P.S.

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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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How do I start a gallery tour?

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

*  U.S. purchases only, for now [However, if you are outside the country, and are interested, let’s talk – in some cases I may have a way to work something out with mail arrangements etc. ] 🙂

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Clipart-guestbook.gifSo happy to see you here at Picture it in Pen and Ink!  Won’t you sign my “guestbook” by leaving a comment in this little meeting spot?   🙂

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257 thoughts on “Today… In a Little Communiqué Spot

  1. Pam, It is quite apparent that not only did God gift you with the ability to recreate what your mind’s eye has seen, but with that gift, as with all gifts, a true love of art.

    My good friend was here one evening when I was picking out artwork for my office. Interestingly, I was drawn to vintage photos of children. I ended up getting the famous photo, (the artists name escapes me) of the little girl praying over her breakfast in bed while a dog and a cat look on. I asked my friend if it would be okay to have a different type of picture for the head of the bed. Her response was similar to yours in that, we choose art that speaks to us, that causes our hearts to zing! I ended up choosing a picture of an oak. Everytime I look at this picture I am just filled with such peace and a sense of feeling like I am there in that beautiful setting.

    Thanks for sharing your gift with all of us!

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    1. Thanks, Karen. I’m not always as able to render just from my mind’s eye, but having these vintage photos really helps me to capture them. 🙂 Both of these children and their pups are from actual old photos! 🙂 My thought here is that maybe they would speak into the heart of someone whose friendship makes our hearts zing, or a kindred spirit who “gets” the “song” we sing like no other… But yes, artwork that speaks to us individually makes our hearts zing too!

      I think I know the picture of the little girl – a Victorian picture in soft muted greens? I don’t know the artist though. So many different types of drawings and paintings can fill us with that peace, so true! I love landscapes too… so I can imagine that oak tree! And it would remind me of the verse of being planted and flourishing like the tree too! Thank you for sharing! (I just added in another piece to this post…above…)

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  2. Love this! My father is an artist and I spent many childhood years selling paintings with him in Greenwich Village NY and appreciating art! I love this blog about not missing the gifts that call us..especially art..and love your art and what you are doing here! Will surely share!

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    1. That must have been so fun, to accompany your artist dad like that! What type of work did he do – realism or abstract? Oil? I’m so glad you enjoy this blog and the post I wrote about the piece that “called to me.” I haven’t drawn so much as I have these last couple of years and the next piece to draw is now something I’m always thinking of… 🙂

      I set this blog up mainly to reach people who may be interested in these pieces, of course, so I truly appreciate your sharing this site too. Thank you so much! Come again as I’m always adding more…

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  3. I love this, “art is a gift that speaks story to our souls”… I had a conversation with my students today about using our gifts to God’s glory. But I absolutely LOVE your heart, Pam. I am always just blessed by you every single time I visit you. Thanks for spreading His sweet spirit as you go.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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  4. I Love Pen and Ink, I Love your work. my daughter did a Pen and Ink of her Dad from an old photo of him at two sitting in a wheelbarrow in his back yard for Father’s Day He still loves wheelbarrows.
    Christina

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    1. There is something so classic about it, isn’t there? 🙂 I’ve also been experimenting with mixing it with graphite pencil, which I did in this one too. Your daughter’s drawing sounds lovely… a wonderful gift for her dad! I’d love to see it. Thanks, Christina!!

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  5. My husband surprised me a number of years ago on our anniversary with a painting of our home in the fall (my favorite season) by a local artist we both loved. I was thrilled beyond belief and will love it always. I’m sure the recipient of this drawing will as well! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

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  6. I just thought of a few photos that might be what you want. My grandparents at a restaurant during the war (with him in his navy uniform). And there is one of the family at the docks seeing him off to war (not to many smiles in the photo as I recall). If I find them I will send them off to you because I love your work!

    Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity.

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  7. Pam, you and I love Valentine’s cards. These are sooo beautiful, and your portraiture keeps getting better and better. I just posted to FB, and I wish I’d know sooner!!!
    xxoo
    L

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  8. Pam – WOW! You are so very gifted! I love vintage images and photo’s as well. You do such a great job of capturing the emotion in the drawing as well. Its as if the view can feel and experience the image they are looking at as if they were there. Thank you so much for sharing your talent here on your blog and with the world. I always enjoy coming to visit at your place. 🙂 neighbors today at #LMM

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  9. I LOVE the picture of the boy and his dog. You captured the look of daydreaming beautifully!

    I also LOVE vintage pictures!! I just find them so comforting. My mom has many old vintage postcards; none from Valentines Day that I can remember, but St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.

    As a child, I LOVED to daydream. It was my favorite past time. I would swing back and forth on my swing and just daydream.

    As an adult, I do that now on my back deck looking out to the fields. But I confess, with the age of smartphones, I am not as good about just stopping in silence and letting my mind daydream. Thank you for the wake up call! 🙂

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    1. I am thinking this is about my favorite drawing I’ve done recently too. 🙂 Do you recognize the child? I didn’t really want it to look like a celebrity picture, but more of a sweet-faced boy and dog. If you saw the dog that was in the photo (I completely changed it to a sweeter dog) you’d know right away, but I’m really hoping people don’t recognize it so much as just enjoy the face as I do. So glad you do too! I was always always a reader, so I think I did a lot of my daydreaming through books whenever I wasn’t swamped with homework as a child. So true… we don’t just know how to breathe these days it seems… I thought our lives were busy when I was growing up but it is only now in comparison that I see how much more time we had for peaceful activity back then… I love that you daydream looking out to the fields! I do that looking out on my neighborhood too (and the gazebo that is in the center lawn area across the way…) I am thinking of writing more on this subject on my writing blog too… thanks for sharing, Karen! I’m so glad you like this drawing as much as I do – and vintage! 🙂

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  10. What a lovely story and beautiful drawing! My husband and I vacationed in the Carmel area a number of years ago and we loved it there. Maybe we’ll get back some day……thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen |Our Hopeful Home

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  11. Such beautiful drawings! My 6-year old son loves to draw in his Bible before bedtime. It is so encouraging to see Christian artists like yourself using your incredible talents for God’s glory! 🙂

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