In a Little Communiqué Spot: A Gentle Time Still for Today

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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! 


What if we held close a gentler time…

Sunday in the Park

“Sunday Yachting in the Park,”  available now in People and Landscapes After the English Heart

…so the splendor and grace-giving of those days was never lost?

boys mini yachts

Miniature Yacht Race held once upon a time in 1930’s Central Park, New York

And our children could carry such rich history of dreaming into their futures?

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The Lake for Miniature Yachts, by William Merritt Chase, circa 1888

“From the time I first began drawing and painting, its been the grace of days gone by and charming cottages by the sea and pieces that tell stories of those who have gone before us but still inspire us to create in our own lives… that I most want to put to paper,” I mused to the printshop clerk the other day.  Thinking of the immense popularity not so long ago for artists like Joan Walsh Anglund, Marty Bell, Thomas Kincaid…  And how I hope to put that same sort of warmth even into modern subjects I draw as well.   “But sometimes I wonder… are others still as drawn to these scenes today?”

“Mm… a gentler time,” she commented.  “I think so!  Don’t give up…”

I held up this pencil sketch of a young boy with his treasured boat.  I think this scene charms my own heart for a couple of reasons.   First, though it is certainly a stand alone drawing,  I drew it as a sort of companion piece to my This Bouquet’s For You,” below.    A boy’s portrait of the same era, in what I like to think of as that early 1900 English Portrait style I love seeing on the BBC version of Antiques Roadshow...  (they always show them so up close!)

The classic style of portraits (prints of course) I still love to hang in my own home for their warmth and charm…  Maybe they hung in a friend’s home, or my aunt’s house and imparting grace to me so often,  they inspired stories in me that now I hope to inspire in others through my own…


This Summer Yachting in the Park is a piece  I’ve wanted to do for a long time as a sort of homage to William Merritt Chase’s wonderful little painting of the Lake for Miniature Yachts…  How I love the beautiful little scene he captured of the model boating in Central park – and I want my own drawing to speak to people the way this painting does to me.

I found Merritt’s painting printed on a greeting card awhile ago –  it now sits framed atop a small table beside my fireplace, reminding me of England in all the rolling green hills and rounded trees beside the water, and making me wonder if Central Park wasn’t created in the beginning as a hearkening to the countryside beauty across the pond?   

Summer in the Park-Color

I’d love to know —

What story do you read in this scene?  🙂

Do the “gentler times” call to your soul too?

So many kids who used to sail their dreams upon that lake… and though today’s versions are more high tech,, the love of model boats never quite goes out of style, don’t you agree?

For in this scene of long ago, I think it is not so different than the way people still love to gather at our local lake and enjoy a beautiful day of sails on the water!    🙂  Reminds me of one such day a few years back that I wrote about here…  — a day when the the beauty of the sunlight on water, an unexpected accordion player and white sails and people around me transported me to the feel of another time and place… 🙂



 on an 11×14 print of “Summer Yachting in the Park” and “This Bouquet’s for You” as well as these below…


I love how these images have that vintage magazine cover feel, yet a timeless, modern day appeal too.

(Can’t you just see them as fun inspiration in a little girl’s room, over a small table and a vase of flowers to greet your guests, in a corner that needs a ‘bright smile?’)

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That’s why, whether you choose one or a grouping — I’ve decided to offer a special this month, rather than the usual cost by size and time… just for fun…

 I thought I’d open these three new drawings to you with print(s) to the best bid your own price* offer!

Just email me your “silent bid” for 11×14 print at  Please state whether you are bidding on them individually or as a grouping.

*U.S only, and shipping costs would remain unchanged, of course.

Home Recital-Green

Like a touch of pastel added?

Just ask…

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






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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

 Happy Spring!


Rose Cottage

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



I wonder if you might do me a favor? 🙂 Please talk about this site with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social media and refer them here…along with anyone you know who might be looking for a Pen and Ink artist to custom create a portrait of a cherished part of their lives. *

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.   🙂


How do I start a gallery tour?

pointer bestSimply 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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284 thoughts on “In a Little Communiqué Spot: A Gentle Time Still for Today

  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!


    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…)


  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!


    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…


  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.


  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.


    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!!


  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}


  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.


  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!!!


  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


  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! 🙂


    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! 🙂


  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


  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! 🙂


  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!


    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!


  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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