This is Blessed, my latest pencil portrait. She joins my collection of studies of old Vietnamese women whom I have drawn in graphite pencil, and she brings a sense of calm with her.
This universal pose, hands held as if in prayer or as a sign of reverence feel like a greeting and a blessing in one to me. And when I look beyond that, I see the hint of a smile on her face. This brings to life her personality and leaves me wondering what it is that she is thinking in this moment.
Once framed Blessed will be joining A Thirst for Life and A Lifetime of Laughter on my studio wall. These wonderful women keeep me company whist I draw, and remind me of all the good things that I have to look forward to.
I will be submitting Blessed and another portrait, which is yet to be drawn, to the Society of Graphic Fine Art 2022 exhibition. I hope that this portrait will catch the judges eye and that she can represent me in their show later in the year.
So the original artwork will remain with me for now, and I will soon have limited edition prints and greetings cards of Blessed available to purchase. I will of course announce the arrival of new prints and cards designs in my newsletter, and also on my website and social media.