Monday, November 24, 2008

A Portrait for My Grandson

...Layout Example for Drawing...

I'm getting a late start on this but hope to have it done the first week in December...infact it has to be done by then. I need to get it to the framers to choose a frame and then get it scanned for prints. This portrait needs to be mailed so it arrives before Christmas. NO PRESSURE HERE.

This is the reference photo of Teddy's mother. The photo above is the 'mock up' I did so my daughter could approve the layout. Teddy's mother passed away when he was five of cancer. My daughter wanted a portrait done for his Bar Mitzvah of Teddy with his mother in the background. We will be celebrating this wonderful occasion Christmas weekend.

Not being Jewish myself, I don't fully understand the ceremony...but I do know it's a very special event in Teddy's life. He was sad that his mother wasn't going to be there. My daughter told him that his mother is always with him, watching over him. When Teddy saw the mock up he was very pleased.

My goal is to make the image of his mother 'smoky' and darker yet than what you see above. Hopefully I can achieve the look and tell the story I want to tell...if not I will just blend her image into the background and the portrait will be just of Teddy.

Enough writing for now...I will be back with WIP photos later as the drawing progresses. Lots of work to do in a short period of time.

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Karen Hargett said...

I really like the comp - it will be fun to watch. Handsome grandson you have there Marsha. Sad he lost his mother so young. I'll be following this one for sure.

Quilt Knit said...

Hi! Marsha: This Drawing is so special, a true wonder. So, Beautiful. I have had sons that have attended their friends Bar Mitzvah. This is indeed a Great Grand Day for Celebrating. On this Day Your Grandson becomes a Man in the Jewish Faith and will sit with the Men and learn Values and traditions and vote. The parties are always Brilliant and well planned. Of course money is a always most welcome. My sons friends parents took the money and invested the gifts. Yes, regular gifts are welcomed too! On two occasions for my sons it was a 24 hour party and started right after school and continued till late the next day. The Sabbath- Saturday where their friends crossed over, to a new world that help them to grow as Young Men. They received all kinds Jewish games. They still play the Dreidel, and I always make Latkas. I make good ones. Congratulations to all the family, be very proud. His decision is wonderful.
Sherrie Roberts

Marian Fortunati said...

It's going to be wonderful, Marsha...
You made me cry..

It's those we love who make life special!

Marsha Robinett said...

Thank You Everyone,
...for such encouraging words. This is indeed a special challenge and a very special portrait.

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