Wednesday, 4 July 2012


Dearest Readers, for the next three weekends in July, my mother is opening her studio to exhibit her oil and pastel portraits... roll up! roll up! But in case you live in Singapore, Malaysia, Seattle or Hungary, I thought I would share a visual gallery...
Mum at work on the grand-daughter of the Chairman of the Cambridge NADFAS Art Society...
The finished work.
This is Richard Dain, in oils. His sister commissioned the painting. He is the English engineer who invented the bridge agraffe principle for Steingraeber & Söhne piano manufacturers, increasing energy efficiency, allowing the pianist to produce a brighter spectrum of overtones with less effort. I don't play the piano - but the agraffe principle sounds like a good thing! Anyway, Richard (the portrait), has traveled all the way from Kent to attend this exhibition. Nice of him, I think.
Womance. A first year anniversary present from a loving husband.
My beloved acupuncturist and teacher of the mindful ways, Dr Phuong Ly.
And finally, what I like to think of as the pièce de résistance, is this little work of genius, which I have decided to auction off in the hopes of snagging a husband... slim pickings thus far mes amies, who can blame me?? Starting at the fair price of a cool billion, am prepared to hustle down to a few million, but I absolutely stop at a tenner. Ten squid is my FINAL offer. Take it or leave it (with my mother). 
Is she not the most fabulous artist? 
Commission her immediately! (is all I have to say).


Oya's Daughter said...

Lovely! I'm terrible at portraits, skintones are my bane! So I salute anyone who can manage it. I hope the opening goes well (and that image of you is fab!)

Ruth said...

Absolutely fabulous and gorgeous! I am terribly impressed.

What is so wonderful about the final portrait here is not just your beauty, but the love and beauty of the mother who painted it, and sees so much everything in her daughter.

xoxo to you both

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Such beautiful portraits, and those who posed for them are no slouches either. Giggles re your comments on the slim pickings.........I think your True Prince must be myopic not to have already swept you off on his white horse. Just sayin' ;)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous work!!

Vicky @ A Backpack Full of Adventures said...

She's so talented!! And I have to agree with Ruth :) xxx

Shaista said...

Thankyou for your lovely comments ladies - wish you could all come and have tea with us while wandering around the exhibition... but this will do for now :)

Yin said...

You and Frieda, Shai! :) Aah what lovely warm colours to brighten up YET ANOTHER DAY OF RAIN! Aaaargh!!!

Jeanne-ming Brantingham said...

woa! stop the press! these portraits are stunning! full of light.

Oh my....and that last one....goodness, I would marry ya myself to keep it....

Aristarkhos said...

I find it very hard to leave a comment that bears even an ounce of knowledge or intelligence. Also, it is difficult to convey a jaw-drop and speechlessness.

Your family (including you, of course) are the most talented and humble folks I have met.

Hope we meet up some day. That would be fun... and awkward. :D

~ Ashu

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