RESTORATION

I recently discovered just how much I enjoy restoring treasured images of family members.   I am excited to offer this as a new service in my business.  In September 2008 a women came up to me and pulled a small wallet sized photo from her wallet.  “Can you do anything with this”  she ask almost apologetically, “this is a photo of me with my girls, I have had it is my wallet for 13 years.  I looked at the discolored, faded, orange spotted photo of years gone by and ask if I couldn’t create a portrait of her with her daughters now.  “No she replied, we want this photo”.  I can do it, I told her, and I took her tiny treasured  photo with me.

Tiny treasure -faded, discolored, cracks and orange spots

Weeks later I called Joanne to see a 16×20 full sized proof of the restored portrait.

She was delighted and she ordered three 16×20 portrait canvases were ordered – one

for her and for each of her girls. Joanne flew to New York to deliver her

Christmas gifts her daughters in person.

There was great excitement and tears at the unveiling of the portrait.

It was the treasure of her family she knew it would be.

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George saw my work while displayed at the Athletic club in town.  He decided to commission

a portrait of his daughter and her year old daughter – both of whom he adores.

After seeing the beauty of this portrait, he wanted a portrait of his wife.  She had not

yet consented to have her portrait created at the time I had Christmas dinner in their home.

At the end of the evening, however, Barb said to me, “I don’t have any good image from

our wedding 22 years ago.  Can you do something with some of the images I do have?”

I left with their album and the one 8×10 they had.

After careful scrutiny, I selected the above image because I loved

Barb’s expression and beauty.  George looked handsome as well.

The image was challenging as most restorations are

This is the final image

It was mid January when I called George to view the image on my computer.  I suggested that if a woman chose

to have a wedding portrait as her special portrait after 22 years of marriage – perhaps it would be a great Valentine’s Day gift for her.

George agreed and added that he had proposed to Barb on Valentine’s Day.  I love it when I get it right!  He then told

me of his plan to gather friends at a favorite restaurant on Valentine’s Day and at the appropriate time he would have it

presented   to her.  It was a  perfect plan.  I had the portrait printed and framed and ready for its debut.

I was in New York for this Holiday but I checked in when I returned.  The tears had streamed.

They were happy and so was I.

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Not all restorations are from old photos

Taken with a cell phone

This image was taken with a cell phone when Alice traveled to visit her mom.  Although the image quality was very poor,

Alice loved her mom’s expression and decided it was an image she would like to have corrected, enhanced and preserved.

I loved the idea of creating a special portrait of Alice’s mom.

No doubt each of the siblings would want such a treasure also.

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Painting Hydrangeas

There are so many ways to paint hydrangeas and hydrangea still lifes. I’ve tried quite a few. They are challenging with all the little cluster petals. There are those who paint the little 4 petal clusters all over. That’s more detail than actually interest me. If anything I want to become more more loose – more abstract. I’m going to work on that. But for now, here are a few examples of work I’ve done recently and one hydrangea painting from a year ago. One painting I created and then scraped all the flower heads back to repaint. I thought I’d put them all together.

Hydrangeas and Fruit – Oil Painting 12×12 by Winifred
Pink and Blue Hydrangeas Oil Painting 11×14 – by Winifred

I like both of my painting above but find them a bit too “sweet” and whimsical for my preference. I have always been able. to paint in several “voices” – even when I was a digital painter.

Hydrangeas Test Painting 1 – by Winifred

Ultimately, I decided the flower heads above had too much texture, saturation and contrast. Better to scrape off the heads and redo them. (not shown) I did that but still wasn’t happy and redid them again. – see final below – or is it!! I’b always good for a redo, if over time, I. am not happy and there remains some significant portion of the painting I like.

Hydrangeas in their Fall Color 16×20 by Winifred

Well, to me this painting has now largely lost the look of hydrangeas – though the hydrangeas I referenced had deep red fall coloring. I’m ok with them being “flowers – of some kind” besides, now there is foliage. My other option, is to have this painting panel cut horizontally to make a 12×16 panel from the bottom portion of the painting – all of which I like. Can you imagine?

Hydrangea Bouquet with other Flowers 11×14 Oil Painting – by Winifred 2018

I painted the above painting more than a year and a half ago when I was just getting started and trying to work out what a hydrangea looked like – how to paint all of those little petals but NOT!

I thought you might enjoy seeing the progression of these paintings – the struggle! Hope you’re enjoying your summer. Winifred

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