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Wearing Catherine’s hat – Portrait #11


Dear Readers,
Here is my latest mirror self portrait, but she has a problem, I haven’t come up with a name, can you help me name her?
I have a good friend named Catherine, she likes to collect vintage clothing, so when I planned my next portrait, I knew I had to get some props from her. She stepped into her closet and brought out all sorts of curious and delicate old clothing, and after a few try-ons, I ended up with this dark silk blouse and this silly little hat.
But here she is, a portrait of someone who looks a little like me. She’s serious, she’s fastidious, (ha, I left out the stray hairs) and she is even wearing jewelry. But who is she? Who does she evoke to you? I’d love to know who she is to you, and if I like the name you choose, this painting will have a name.

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  1. March 4th, 2011 at 08:47 | #1

    I gasped a little when I saw this. This looks like my Grandmother. Her name was Marie. She used to call her hats “Tah-rah-rahs” and we would joke about that. Her favorite color was blue. I love this and the expression on the face. A moment captured.

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    January 31st, 2011 at 07:25 | #2

    My husband suggests “Ready For The Funeral” (I had thought of this as well, but let’s let him have it if you choose it:)

    Two of my ideas are “Ready For Church” or “Waiting For The Bus” (or Cab)

  3. January 30th, 2011 at 08:56 | #3

    no, Sue, I haven’t seen your link on facebook. I’ll look for it. You’re in my Google reader.

    A friend from Italy suggested “La Baronessa Spiritosa” so I will count that as an entry as well.

  4. January 30th, 2011 at 08:36 | #5

    Beautiful! How about just ‘Catherine’s Hat’?

  5. January 30th, 2011 at 08:29 | #6

    I also like it very much. She reminds me of my economic teacher (Mrs. Singer) circa 1957. She must have been in her late 60’s. She gave me my first cook book – A New Book of Cookery by Fannie Merritt Farmer, published in 1912, which I still own.

  6. January 30th, 2011 at 08:18 | #7

    Oh, girl, she reminds me of Grandma Boothby, so ‘Winnie’ would do for a name in my book. She wore hats like that to church when she came to visit us.

  7. January 30th, 2011 at 08:05 | #8

    I like this one very much Mimi. She reminds me of someone from a British WW2 movie seeing off the evacuee children at the train station.

    Thanks for your recent comments on my blog and FB page. (Did you see the link on FB?)

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