Monday, May 10, 2010

Portraits from the Past : :

I am going WAY back with this one ---Can you guess who this is? Well, long before I was a wife, a mother, a knitter, a toy maker, a sewer...I was a drawer. I loved drawing and always thought that I would be an illustrator of sorts when I grew up. While I was in high school I worked on a comic book and when I was 16-17, I started a little portrait business. It all happened by accident when I drew this portrait of Jewel. It was the late 90's, her Pieces of You album was super popular, and I suppose I was moved to draw her after listening to Who Will Save Your Soul, You Were Meant for Me, and Foolish Games on repeat. : ) I did a few others for school art assignments and several of my high school teachers kindly hired me to do portraits for them, word spread a little, and even after I moved away for a while, I continued to do commissioned portraits.I've always loved the look of pencil portraits and really enjoyed doing them. I worked to make my portraits capture all the features, shading, personality and light of a black and white photo, but to me, they are timeless and capture something different and more special than a photograph.... I am really missing it lately. I did my last portrait about 7 years ago, when Kaiden was just a baby. All I have to remember how much I loved doing them, are these two that I did in high school --- This one of Jewel, who I don't listen to anymore and Ani DiFranco, who I listen to often, but never finished. It kind of makes me sad.
And in some ways, embarrassed, but I am sharing here because I plan on starting up again and undoubtedly will be sharing those efforts here, as well. This post will be the beginning of a new time of portrait making for me. I already decided the first new portrait I want to start is going to be in honor of my friend Leslie, for her family and church. And of course I have big plans for the three beautiful subjects that I have now, that I didn't have way back when.

Thanks for visiting --- Maureen


  1. That portrait of Jewel is quite amazing! No wonder you got some business after that. I also loved Jewel back in the day. Hmm.. where is that mix tape?

  2. That portrait of Jewel really is incredible. You definitely should get out those pencils again! I liked Jewel way back when too. Hmmm... where is that mix tape?

  3. WOW, you have such a gift for the pencil! You should definitely get that art started again.

  4. oo jewel was on repeat for me all through middle and high school. ani difranco came along in my college years :)

    i love the second one even more though as i love seeing process...every artist who works with the figure has a different approach and i find it facinating.

    your work shows such depth maureen, glad you are taking it up again and can't wait to see more!!!

  5. Thank you everyone - I do wish I had more of my old drawings. I either was doing it for $ or I would give them away.

    Kate - I like the Ani one too, just the way it is.

    It will be interesting to see what I am able to do now, 10+ years later. Stay tuned. : )

  6. I can not believe you were only 16 or 17 when you drew those! Not that I don't love seeing all of your other creations, but imagine if you would have continued to do portraits all these years. I look forward to seeing what you can do now.

    Best always,

  7. These are so amazing... so many memories (good, bad and sad) tied to Ani and Jewel songs....
    *gets nostalgic*

  8. I have to agree AMAZING! I can't believe you used them for a backdrop for the owls. Can't wait to see more. :)

  9. Wow, you are really talented!! The Ani one looks really neat and spooky unfinished.

  10. Hey, that drawing of Jewel is quite good! You have talent in pencil portraits. :)


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