Friday, 14 September 2012

Proverbs 31:16 Tribute

One thing I have realized doing this series is that the Proverbs 31 woman is an ideal, no one woman can live up to all these qualities – there is not enough hours in a day! Another factor is that our circumstances might not require us to fulfill the criteria. Alice my grandmother certainly never was involved in the business of gardening, that was strictly my grandfather's role. She was in charge of indoors and he was in charge of outdoors. Although this verse could be referring to her thrifty housekeeping.

However, my maternal grandmother, Phyllis fulfilled this role very well. She was was widowed when my mother was 4 years old and she found herself the other side of the world from her family and had no means to get back to England. There was no pensions in those days so she cleaned, ironed, taught piano and gave singing lessons and eventually became a successful business woman. Throughout, it all she had a large vegetable garden and kept hens. Mum had all she could ask for.

So, Phyllis you were a good proverbs 31:16 woman. You were an inspiration for us to be all we can be, we can learn from your industry, integrity, and resourcefulness.

This week, I have painted my tribute in oil, no computer manipulation! I wanted the portrait to be a thoughtful study, as I think this verse is more about planning and organizing the way ahead.

29 Faces - no 14

For my 14th Face in the 29 Faces in September challenge I have used watercolour and pencil. I tried a new technique of scattering salt on the wet paint in the background and as it looks like snow so she is a winter nymph.






23 comments:

  1. sharon, thanks for visiting my blog.
    and thanks for sharing about your grandmother. she put her talents to good use!

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  2. Loving your beautiful paintings. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  3. I like your painting of grandmother Phyllis and the wonderful story of her strength and courage.

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  4. I love that woman concerned, the gesture is great and great colors. Saludos

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  5. Both of your faces are very expressive. My grandmother, who recently passed away, was an amazing gardener! When I think of her, I think of her garden.

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  6. This is a lovely meaningful portrait. Your grandmother sounds like she was an amazing role model. Beautiful work. Happy PPF

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  7. very inspiring piece today. Nice face too!

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  8. Wonderfully expressive lady. Nice post as well.

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  9. Oh, your paintings are wonderful! Love them!! Grandmothers are amazing! Happy PPF!

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  10. great post... we live in a street with a lot of people who have been here for 50 + years and they are all mad vegie gardeners and have chooks... they are all guiding us young folk ( who are all in our 40's!!!) in setting up our vegie patches... it has been a great way of the street coming together... I am forwarding this on to a few of them... they will love it...xx

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  11. I really really love this painting of the woman on top. She looks pensive and a tad worried perhaps about how she is going to get to it all; however she also looks strong and able and capable of doing a lot.
    She looks like someone I would enjoy knowing.

    The other one is a very girly girl type with wings!;-) She'll get things done too and then fly away. She is pretty and pastel.

    The other is stronger colored and dramatic.

    I like them both for their differences.

    Happy PPF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Oh, I love your oil portrait tribute!
    It is gorgeous with all those wonderful colors!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  13. Love your faces, especially the one on top, such a thoughtfull portrait! Love her pose and expression and the beautiful colors! HPPF!

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  14. Just love the style of your oil portrait!!Every stroke of color so beautiful to bring forth a brilliant piece of art!! She is just fabulous! Love the hand in her hair and mix of color!! Excellent!!

    The salt in the #14 gives so much depth to your illustration, also a great piece!! Love hearing about your grandmother! She sounds like a courageous, powerful woman!!

    Happy ppf!

    Hugs Giggles

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  15. Visiting from your other blog. I love this art/photography blog, too. These are also talents/interest I enjoy.

    I'll be a new follower and hope you will visit Gail-Friends and join us.
    Shalom,
    Gail


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  16. Beautiful--the words and art. Each enhances the other.

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  17. Thanks for sharing your paintings. And what a great legacy your grandmother left you! You have honored her well.
    Blessings.

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  18. I'm a new follower from bloggerspirit/Spiritural Sundays. Look forward to your posts and pictures!

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  19. I love this top painting. I feel a bit like this tonight!! :)

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  20. Lovely colours in your tribute Sharon! Beautiful portrait. Your nymph looks great too, I like the effect of the salt.

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  21. Your style is quite unique and interesting!

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  22. Oh this is so good. I love that you told us how your grandmother did everything that Proverbs showed. The painting is so angelic and beautiful. Blessings, Janet PPF

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