January 16, 2011

Still working...

Biscuit and I are back from our caroling. Well, actually we got back quite a while ago and now are buried deep (really deep) in the studio. I am working on an oil painting of my great grandmother (24 x 30) that I am doing from a black and white photo from 1896. I'm sure you all can appreciate the challenge this has been and it has taken nearly all the focus I have to keep at it until it is complete. I fear if I stop, I won't have the gumption to start again and there is a timeline for this piece. My great grandmother was the first lady to graduate with a law degree (and science degree) from Ohio Northern University and so has the honorable title of being their "First Lady of the Law." This Spring the University will be doing a dedication in her honor and the painting will be part of that ceremony so I must be done soon to allow ample time for drying. No pressure, of course :). Admittedly, I am honored to do this but admit I would have found the task much easier if she had whiskers.

I am anxious to see what you (all) have been working on and apologize for being absent for so long. As soon as Miss Biscuit gives that approving look for the painting, I'll call her done and come visiting. I could use the break.

In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying the new year!
Sandy and my little sidekick


  1. I can just imagine what a challenge that is. I'm sending you good vibes for success for the finish! It will surely be beautiful. And welcome back. :)

  2. You mean your Grandmother didn't have whiskers? Mine did! Lol!
    Wow - what an amazing achievement for your Grandmother and how proud you must be :0) I have no doubt this will be well worth the wait! I can't wait to see the finished piece :0D

  3. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished painting of your great grandmother...what a special commission!

  4. I know what you mean Sandy. I painted a portrait of my mother and father-in-law from old high school graduation photos. It wasn't easy. I'm sure yours will be beautiful. Susan Neese

  5. Crystal, thanks so much for the encouragement!

    Sandra, hahaha! that's funny. Thank you for stopping by.

    Karen, thank you (me too).

    Susan, I appreciate the vote of confidence! I'm sure you understand how much encouragement one needs for a project of this nature ;).

  6. ooo I see the Princess is not sporting her mask today....heck with a face that pretty,,,she doesn´t need one:) Nothing like a precious cat to make our days happier....

  7. wow, sandy, this sounds so wonderful! congratulations, i cannot WAIT to see the painting of your great grandmother completed. good luck! this is lovely. and thank you so much for your kind words on "diane!"

  8. Ha! Yes, Cynnie, sometimes Miss B must take a break from all that fluff :). She certainly makes my day no matter what she does! Welcome and thanks for stopping by.

    Hi Suz, So nice of you to stop by; thank you! I, too, can hardly wait to see it finished (wink, wink). Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.