Portrait of Lorraine

If you’re thinking that the young woman in the portrait is Lorraine, think again.

She’s a Gibson Girl drawing cherished by Lorraine’s beloved mother, who loved every kind of Victoriana. And the fan is also genuinely old, found by Lorraine somewhere (where exactly? she doesn’t quite remember, but she loves it). Ditto for the vase. Modern sunglasses, of course, and a keychain with a cutesy monkey fob — She’s arranged all these things on a tabletop in the room she uses as a den, put them together because she loves them all.

The old blended with the new, the seriously beautiful with the lowdown and funky —

The best possible portrait of Lorraine, more accurate, I think, than any one photograph could possibly be. The Gibson girl is a cliché, lovely, but still a cliché. Lorraine? She’s an ORIGINAL.

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14 Responses to Portrait of Lorraine

  1. Joss says:

    Let’s each choose to live as the ORIGINAL being that we are!
    walk in beauty.

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  2. Therese Bertsch says:

    Your reflection is like a symphony of gratitude as you take such delight in people and their habits and things. You know how to celebrate life!

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  3. Pauline says:

    I like the idea of drawing a picture of someone through objects they themselves choose to represent themselves. For some folks, you’d need a mighty big table! I read a quote (I don’t remember who said it) that you are what you love, not what loves you. It seems true of your Lorraine…

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  4. thirdhandart says:

    Wonderful portrait! Thank you.

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      It is a wonderful portrait —
      But, I hope I made it plain, it’s a self-portrait that Lorraine did without any conscious intention. And she is a wonderful person, truly.

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  5. Rebekah says:

    I’m sure Lorraine is a delightful person … that’s the impression I get from this post 🙂

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  6. Stef says:

    So… if you were to create a collection of items on a table to represent you, what would be there? I’d like to see that photo… 🙂

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