Portrait of My Grandmother
When I was 21, I bought a single-lens reflex Asahi Pentax camera (cost me almost a month's salary) and became quite proficient in developing and printing large photos in my darkroom in the attic of my mother's home.
I joined a photography group and soon had a portrait of my maternal grandmother (see pic on the right) featured in our newspaper. Read the article and view the photograph in the paper here.
It was a large print (20" x 16") and I had glued it onto chipboard. It survived a dozen moves over 51 years. It now has some wear and tear, but today she still smiles at me.
I always loved my first big B&W photo portrait and in 2017 decided to paint it, but now in color, as I remember her. The face is exactly the same size as in the B&W photograph.
I had the painting framed in a 3" wide silver-color wooden frame with an oval mat to give it an oldfashioned feel.
I'm very happy with it.
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