Spring!… In a Little Communiqué Spot

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SPRING SINGS!

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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…

A HAPPY DAD’S DAY SONG!

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. 

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May piano songs of joy ripple over you this spring! 

Pam

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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, 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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  12. What lovely artwork! I also do a lot of pen and ink. But mostly of my beautiful models. I am so blessed that they love to do the photoshoots too. In the meantime–your work is inspiring! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Beth! I just popped over to look at your work – it’s so lovely too! 🙂 I love your themes… I like incorporating a lot of graphite pencil with the pen and ink lately because it enables me to do a lot of softer looks… Blessings to you in your artwork!

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  13. Pam – your line about how you capture images of times gone by – that is so true – You are so gifted and I love your art – it is so beautiful and you do indeed capture the beauty of the time. I am so glad you found your want to linkup at #TuneInThursday today! I am so blessed to have you linking up your posts as part of the community.

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