Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sophia in Summer


Feeling the need for some warmth, I looked through some photos I took last summer, and found the inspiration for this little portrait. The day was not warm... it was HOT. Over 100 degrees. In the shade. My niece, Sophia, my two sisters and I spent a wonderful, yet sweltering, day together at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania in mid-July. Just thinking about it makes me feel all happy and toasty!

5"x7", Prismacolor and Coloursoft pencils, on Ampersand Pastelbord

11 comments:

rowena said...

I love how the angle of the light shines down on her from the top, yes!, like the sun beating down on every possible surface on a hot day. Beautiful work Liz...as always!

Todd Bonita said...

Hey Liz,

Thanks for the comment on my blog...glad I stopped in, these portraits are looking very strong, particularly the monochromatic vintage portrait, nice feel and instantly nostalgic. I used to live in Philly and spent a few days at the beautiful Longwood gardens...a stones throw from the Brandywine river museum (Wyeth country). Good times.

All my best to you Liz.
Todd

Robyn said...

Yes, I love the light too and they way you have captured a moment without apparently freezing it. Beautiful warm, natural portrait, Liz.

rowena said...

Hi again Liz,
Regarding the comment on the vin santo--isn't that so true about italian vin santo (and wines in general), with them not tasting quite the same when experienced anywhere outside Italy itself? My husband had said the same thing on a visit to Hawaii when he brought over a bottle of sweet dessert wine from Pantelleria island. He claimed that it must be the salt(different type?) in the air, but whatever the reason, I could see the utter disappointment on his face.

Somebody needs to come up with a way to bottle ambience!

Liz P said...

Thank you, Rowena, for both comments! Yes, that intensity of midday sun was what grabbed me about this image, and capturing it warmed me almost as much as the actual day... or was that a hot flash?

Seeing your post describing vin santo as "sunshine in a bottle", it seems we were both in need of some warmth this week!

Liz P said...

Hi Todd! I'll have to put the Brandywine River Museum on my "to visit" list for the next time I'm down in that area.

Thanks for your comments!

Liz P said...

Robyn, thank you so much. Once again, though, I've been blessed with a sweet and beautiful subject... it definitely helps!

Kim said...

I'm bowled over by your portraits Liz...
this portrait is such a breath of fresh air...so expressive...
I love the portraits of your grandchildren....so alive and brimming with personality...charm and just simply adorable...you have a marvellous style :)
I will be adding your blog to new listings today !
have a great weekend...

Gillian said...

I want to know if any of your family are just darned plain! What a beautiful portrait. So elegant. x

indiaartist said...

Wonderful portrait, seems that it isreflecting the wole personality of the sitter. Great job!

Ron Morrison said...

Wonderful portrait, love the eye work.