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Baudelia – portrait of my neighbor

People that are into cars are always seeing cars that they like, people who are into dogs are always running into fun dogs. Well, what I love are faces, and when I saw this woman for the first time, I knew I had to paint her. She speaks very little English, being a native of Mexico, so we never really talked, and each time I would get my courage up to ask if I could paint her, she was gone; having returned to Mexico for the year. This happened three years in a row. Finally this year it all came together. As I sat in her son’s kitchen, drawing her for the first time, I watched as she became more comfortable with me staring at her and sketching her face. Her daughter in law told me that they would have to make a lot of copies of the painting so that her many children could each have a copy. I gave her her portrait today and showing great pleasure, she said “Muy Bien!” “Gracias!”
Life is good.

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  1. May 24th, 2012 at 12:14 | #1

    Lovely work. I am still big fan of your WildCats watercolors most of all.
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook
    Happy Horse Studio

  2. May 24th, 2012 at 08:25 | #2

    Beautiful portrait Mimi. So pleased you finally asked.

  3. May 23rd, 2012 at 11:05 | #3

    You have given her family a great gift, one that will be handed down over the generations. Wonderful.

  4. May 21st, 2012 at 15:33 | #4

    What a marvelous portrait, Mimi! She must have been tremendously pleased.

  5. May 21st, 2012 at 01:31 | #5

    What a beautiful portrait painting! A very touching story too. Great great work, Mimi!

  6. May 20th, 2012 at 02:10 | #6

    Your portrait is very well done, I can feel her presence and spirit in it, bravo!

  7. May 19th, 2012 at 15:35 | #7

    What a wonderful gift you gave and have!! Beautiful work, wonderful face!! Thanks for sharing this sweet story!

    Hugs Giggles

  8. May 19th, 2012 at 00:56 | #8

    This is beautiful.I can see why you wanted to paint her as she has a wonderful face full of character.

  9. May 18th, 2012 at 18:48 | #9

    What a gorgeous and powerful portrait!
    I love that her strength is evident in the way you painted her. 🙂
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  10. May 18th, 2012 at 18:15 | #10

    I love your story and your painting is wonderful! She has a sense of peace and calm. LOve your work! Happy PPF!

  11. May 18th, 2012 at 17:24 | #11

    I am sure she was so thrilled to get this portrait… you have done a beautiful ob… you ahve captured quite a proud feel… really lovely work…xx

  12. May 18th, 2012 at 14:37 | #12

    Absolutely wonderful! So well done and professional ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

  13. May 18th, 2012 at 14:23 | #13

    What a gift! She and her family will treasure this. It’s really beautiful.

  14. May 18th, 2012 at 13:29 | #14

    Great, well done. Saludos

  15. May 18th, 2012 at 12:09 | #15

    That is a great story – and lady! I bet you just made her day:-)

  16. May 18th, 2012 at 11:34 | #16

    Yes, it is a wonderful face. You have done a lovely job.

  17. May 18th, 2012 at 11:24 | #17

    wonderful portrait! You captured the essence of her so beautifully. Happy PPF

  18. May 18th, 2012 at 09:21 | #18

    Loving your wonderful portrait and am sure it will hang in pride of place. Happy PPF, Annette x

  19. May 18th, 2012 at 07:23 | #19

    This is what I love about art- it brought you joy to paint it and her joy to see it and all of her family will have that joy. Every time they look at your painting they will feel that joy. I don’t know this woman but I feel joy looking at it. Thanks for such a great gift! Happy PPF!

  20. May 17th, 2012 at 00:00 | #20

    Hi Mimi .. what a lovely gesture – you have the record here, while she and her family have your artwork .. that must make them all so happy, especially Baudelia …

    Wonderful to see and to read – cheers Hilary

  21. May 16th, 2012 at 14:53 | #21

    Dear Mimi, . . . your neighbor appears to be a woman who stands tall and has enduring many storms and yet stands between the torrent and all those she loves, protecting them. Peace.

  22. May 16th, 2012 at 06:33 | #22

    What a lovely portrait, Mimi! She looks stoic, familiar, and loved!

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      May 16th, 2012 at 06:34 | #23

      yes!!! you just described her to a T.. I am looking forward to hearing all about your travel adventures.

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