On a carless Saturday, I set out to walk to Paddington and was pulled into a passing station wagon and taken off to Toowong to have crepes for breakfast. Cheryl kindly took me back to Paddington afterwards, and we had coffee and fine English chocolates and in an vintage shop I found a basket of antique photograph postcards: a young couple in a buggy, a distinguished Edwardian lady, a girl with a startlingly horizontal hairstyle and a young woman with a sweet haunted face that looks like she should feature in a Tim Burton film. Apart from the young couple, who had written a letter enquiring after the health of Bert, there was no clue as to who they might be.
When I took the cards to the counter, the elaborately eccentric proprietor (pearl chokered and velvet hatted, with fabulous eye makeup and all her cash in a large embroidered bag) asked me what I planned to do with them – frame them and pretend they were my family? I confessed I hadn’t decided and she said that is what she does, and her walls at home are covered with other peoples’ wedding pictures and she creates a family for herself of all those images of people forgotten but not gone.
Comments and critique are always appreciated – I am still learning many things, including how to balance light and dark when working in scratchboard!
I do like the story of what the lady does. And I like that you can see light and shade on the girl’s face.
I love the design quality of the image. I think your style is unique, so keep it, it will stand out and make you unique!
This is great. The script makes it all your own.
Could I persuade you to post the horizontal hairstyle one? I have no idea what that could mean and am interested.
Thanks Aimee. Between her and the tow-truck driver in my last post, I wonder if I am meeting more such people lately.
Crisitunity: I will see what I can do. I always intend to post interesting finds, and rarely do, but some photos are worth sharing.
Great piece. Love your style!
Thanks, Juan Carlos Federico!
Oo, different header! Nice. Is it your sketchbook, in relief?
Thanks! No, it’s a piece of scratchboard I was testdriving.
Love the scratchboard style – it’s nice to see this in use in these postmodern times. Very sensitive rendering.
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Thanks Susan. I have really enjoyed learning how to use it.