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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Toy


"Ellie"
8 x 10 inches
Oils on canvas board

When I was a little girl, my favorite toy was a handmade stuffed elephant named Ellie.  Ellie went on all sorts of adventures. She attended tea parties, went on campouts and overnights, sat in tree-houses, became lost and found on several heart-wrenching occasions, and kept me company in the moving van as my family trekked hundreds of miles across the country to our new home in Colorado.  Now, nearly forty years on, she's fairly threadbare and her right eye has come loose, but she hasn't been forgotten. When I came across her while organizing the guest room the other day, I thought it might be fitting that she have her own portrait made.  She's a very good sitter -- didn't hardly move at all.


17 comments:

Ray Ferguson said...

wow this is great.

Yat-Yee said...

This made me go awwwww. Lovely story as well.

Giselle McMenamin said...

What a great story and beautiful illo. Love your painterly style. really nice stuff.

Eric Barclay said...

This is truly wonderful

Laurel said...

She looks well loved. Beautiful illo!

Sally Taylor said...

I have a soft spot for nostalgic images. Very nice!

Patti said...

very nice. love the blue color against the background.

Sarah Melling said...

So sweet...loved your story, too.

Romina said...

wow you still have it! I wish I still had my first toy! the painting is very strong and the story behind it makes it even stronger, nice!

Fourborne said...

Love the painting and post.

Linda Hensley said...

Nice painting, and really enjoyed the way you wrote about Ellie. Nice job!

Priscilla said...

gorgeous paint technique. I really love this image, I still have my favourite plush toy as well and know exactly how you feel :)

Julie Talty said...

beautiful! nice choice of background color.

Laura G. Young said...

Thanks for the kind and thoughtful comments, everyone. :)

ruth said...

What a sweet portrait of a sweet toy.

Ohibò said...

beautiful!

Debu Barve said...

Ellie is beautiful and certainly deserves such a wonderful portrait.:)