Tuesday, March 8, 2011


8 x 10" graphite on paper nfs

This is a drawing of my gorgeous friend, Modi. I did it
years ago before I ever thought about painting or Blogging.
I am so glad I took the opportunity to draw her, here in her
native Ethiopian dress, because we've lost
touch over the
She has the most incredible bone structure of anyone
I've ever known!
I always told her she reminded me of the
model Iman although she modestly never
acknowledged her
own striking beauty.

I am back to posting older work again for a while. What a
crazy year it's been already! This week and next I'm helping
my sister and brother-in-law
pack and move. That girl has
stuff! The entire day yesterday was spent going through
clothes closets and prying hangers from her fingers. In the
end, I must say, she did very well and let go of a stack that

piled 4 feet high, some of which dated back to the 80's.

I was the fortunate recipient of some of the wardrobe
she was purging. I've always called her my Fairy Godmother
because she has outfits for any occasion imaginable. Luckily
for me,
we wear the same size. I, on the other hand, am a
and have what I call "uniforms"...mainly covered in
paint. I wear
the same old things over and over and over and
over until they
either wear out or get paint on them, then I buy
more. I thoroughly
expect those rude people from "What Not To
Wear" to show up on my
doorstep and abduct me along with
my hideous clothes!


martinealison said...

Très très beau portrait ma chère Gwen. Il a été réalisé avec tout votre amour... Je suis certaine qu'elle en sera très fière, c'est un très bel hommage que vous lui faite aujourd'hui.
Gros bisous à vous

Barbara M. said...

Hi Gwen,

Beautiful drawing and post, and I fall in your camp. No please don't get the what not to wear people to come and take away my white shirts and black cashmere sweaters. A lot of great artists wear uniforms. You are one of them.


Tim Robinson said...


Dors said...

Sisters can be so much fun..glad you are the same size. Oh I have a wardrobe just like yours. Nothing to wear for a special occassion but lots to wear for my artwork.

Hope the move goes well.

Dors said...

Love the drawing of your friend...she certainly looks very beautiful

Layne Cook said...

Your friend certainly is beautiful- and so is your drawing! What a nice sister you are to devote so much time.I have 2 sisters whom I love very much- but I don't think I'm that generous! I enjoyed your narrative- and I look forward to seeing more of your work. Hope you return to painting soon.

Linda Popple said...

She is lovely! I understand why you don't want to sell it. You did a beautiful drawing of her.

Your clothes story cracked me up! I went shopping yesterday (I dislike clothes shopping!) because I REALLY had nothing to wear - all old and paint everywhere. You're fortunate to have a sister with a wardrobe! :)

Fay Akers said...

it's so nice to have memories attached with a drawing.

sam said...

Cool Gwen she looks like a perfect model)

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Beautiful drawing of a beautiful woman. Sometimes our earlier works need to be brought out and displayed. I have to admit that I dress exactly as you do...my daughter constantly tells me that she is going to sign me up for "What Not to Wear". I have the same minimalist uniforms, and a sister who dresses to the nines, even when she is casual. I love her hand me downs. I have to admit to drooling over that stack of clothing you were talking about. I was ready to fly down and ask to have a look through :-)

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

Gwen, I remember a conversation a bit ago about how paint seems to get onto all of clothing no matter what we do, lol. I am so with you on those uniforms, mainly jeans and tees. Lost the sketch!!!

Angela Elledge said...

Gwen, I thought surely you confiscated her clothing not to wear, but to use as backdrops for your beautiful tea cup paintings. So glad to be in your club of paint covered clothing.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

WOW Gwen,All I can say is that you are every husband dreams wife.The perfect wife, who hates to shop.
Also funny and very honest.
Always love to read your stories.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

the drawing is wonderful! I love those colorful costumes.
I'm also a candidate for "What Not to Wear". They would make me throw away my leggings and tunic tops 'uniform'.
Clothes should feel like pajamas. Comfortable ;)