Day 4 – Tom’s new glasses

4tomsnewglasses Tom, my younger son, had perfect vision for years, but according to his eye doctor, he has spent too many hours reading books and staring at a computer monitor. He loves his new glasses, he is pleased with all the beauty that surrounds him that he could not see before. He graciously allowed me to sketch him while he stared at the crackling fire in my fireplace. I am running out of “victims” so I suppose I will find more historical personages to add to my collection.

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Day 3 – Mary Shelley

3maryshelleyThis is Mary Shelley. Honestly, I knew nothing about her besides some sort of association with Lord Byron and Percy Shelley. Mary fell in love with Percy, an older, married man, when she was 16. She was an adored child, but once she cast her lot with Percy, her father did everything he could to thwart her. Percy was quite the flake, and she was in dire straits much of the time. To compound that, she lost 3 of her 4 children when they were very small. During all this tumult, she wrote Frankenstein! Apparently they were stuck in a villa somewhere unable to go out because of incessant rain, so they sat around the fire and told ghost stories. This is how she came up with the idea. The darkness of the story makes so much more sense understanding just a little of her life.

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Day 2 – Tired Josiah

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My son sat for me this evening. He had been up all night the night before writing an article, and I was surprised at how much it showed in his face. He is usually much cuter. I used my new super cool Palomino pencil for this and decided that I would not paint it this time. I promise I will paint more of them though.

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29 Faces art challenge – day 1- Lord Byron

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For the month of February, I will be concentrating on faces, and since it is very hard for me to find people to actually pose for me, I will be sketching pictures of historical paintings to fill in the gaps with real people.
An artist named Ayala has set up a blog, 29 Faces Art Challenge to encourage us. I chose Lord Byron as my first face. I had no idea he was so handsome! He died from a fever when he was in Greece at the age of 32. He is one of the most important British Poets..

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