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! 

NOTE:  Everything here is under my copyright and may NOT be reproduced in any way without permission.

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…Whether in Pen, Pencil or my latest Pastel…

 A Pretty Landscape Displayed on Your Walls Can Whisk You Away Like a Mini-Vacation Each Time You Look at It

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“Punting on the Magdalen,” River Cherwell at Magdalen College (University of Oxford), Oxford, England – now available in my newest gallery (to the right), European and UK Landscapes, Street Scenes (Full Pastel Color)

 

“Where is this place?” my friend asked, snatching up the print before I had a chance to show her.  “I think I’ve been there before!”

“I wondered if you had,” I smiled, knowing she once traveled quite a bit with her parents.  “It’s of England… Magdalen college at Oxford…”   

“Oh, I remember walking there…  you’ve really caught it.” 

“I love that spire,” I said… “and the reflections in the water.”  Even though I’ve never been there in person myself, seeing this scene in a photo and putting it to pastel,  makes me feel as if I were there too.  “Something in all those reflections conjures the feel of music to me too, somehow…”  

My mom once visited England – a dream come true for her (and still one of my own) — and one  of her most favorite spots was the charming town of Oxford.  So this one reminds me of her too… And reading of the wonderful history of the Magdalen college here on the River Orwell sparks the writer and artist in me, like the feel of water spray lightly on your face out on that boat on a sunlit afternoon…

It makes me imagine how famous alumni like C.S. Lewis learned and dreamed and wrote here on this small island located on the grounds of the college.  It doesn’t surprise me to read that Lewis loved to take this picturesque path (known as Addison’s walk and thought to have originated in the 16th Century), with it’s grand views of the Magdalen Tower and Bridge – Oxford landmarks — considering it a favorite meeting place with his fellows such as J. R. R. Tolkien.  

I love reading how it has been a tradition of over 500 years for the college choir to sing the hymn “Hymnus Eucharisticus” from atop Magdalen Tower at 6 a.m. every May Morning (May 1st, annually) — kicking off a celebration event with large crowds attending daytime festivities and evening balls.   And that the choir also sings the Choral evensong at chapel there every evening of the year, except Mondays.   

The photo I found was taken in current days, but I smiled at the attire of the young man and woman in the punting boat I included here – dressed as days of old, he sported a straw hat and old fashioned white coat, she a fancy English bonnet and gown (I added the parasol), upholding the history and charm of the setting.  And the tradition continues with the Magdalen Bridge Boat Tours where tourists can sign up for punting on the Magdalen themselves or by boatman guide.   A lovely way to spend an hour raves a recent traveler there in a five star comment given online…

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Vintage Postcard of Magdalen

Whether you are a world traveler, or simply love to dream of such someday journeys to beautiful lands we’ve seen in movies and read of in favorite books —

 I’m loving how working on new additions here in my European and UK Landscapes, Street Scenes (Full Pastel Color) makes me feel as if I am there in these beautiful spots —  and I hope they inspire a little daydreaming in you too!

Enough so that you’d like to add one of these prints to your walls – and enjoy a bit of a whisk away to quintessential England each time you see it in your home?  🙂 

Or maybe you have a favorite photo of a cherished trip you’d like put to portrait?

If so… email me at pam.depoyan@gmail.com and let’s talk sizes and prices that fit for you…   *

And please take a tour through more scenes of England and Italy here, with more added all the time…  European and UK Landscapes, Street Scenes (Full Pastel Color) 

Happy Summer Days in Pen and Ink, Pencil or Pastel Style Story!

Pam

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*U.S. only for now – but if you are outside, and interested, let’s talk possibilities…

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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

 

Rose Cottage

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

 

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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.   🙂

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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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guestbookSo 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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342 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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