I decided to do a take-off on Botticelli's famous "Birth of Venus" -- making her older, but still lovely. I also very loosely based some of her features on my own. Of course, as they say, every portrait is, to one degree or another, a self-portrait. Not a "finished" piece, but more in keeping with the freshness and spontaneity of a sketch.
An undeveloped lot between my favorite coffee shop and a nearby day care has been full of sunflowers lately. So, I've taken the liberty of picking a few and sketching them on my iPad. This first sketch is actually a store-bought Rudbeckia, which is in the sunflower family. All the rest were picked from the lot, which has a For Sale sign on it. This time next year, there will probably be some small business there instead. All these were drawn on my iPad Air 2, using the Sketch Club app.
This blog turned very serious, as blogs often do. Let's close, not with a self-portrait, but with my mother's high school senior picture. I see aspects of myself in that face --- the same coloring, the features that are similar and yet different. I never knew this young woman. This old photograph (65 years ago or so) helps me to see that her failures as a mother do not have to be the totality of who she was, not even to me.