Well, you’ll just have to take my word for it: my mom is a beautiful lady…chic, fit, creative, active and oh so lovely with her pearly hair! You might not catch that from these sketches made from more photos of that day in September last year. I really did enjoy working on these drawings…the foreshortening in this one was great fun! Trying to get the expression and “attitude” of the next one was a challenge, but I think I got it.
If you thought my dad was talented…you’ve gotta get to know my mom. She taught me ALL the craft arts I now enjoy…knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, to name a few. When I was a little girl, I was often wearing dresses, jumpers, and even knickers that she had made for me. She made quilts from the leftover fabrics, knitted and crocheted afghans & sweaters for us, sewed Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy for me and my brother, made our Christmas stockings, all the curtains around the house, decoupaged, appliqued and all manner of other craft and fine craft wares that she and her crafty friends would sell at markets and craft shows. I do NOT know how she did all that, but I’m so glad she did…I grew up thinking all this was quite normal. And since I loved making things too, I just soaked it all up.
But when my mom hit the very young age of 40 (or very soon after), tragedy hit. Unspeakable events which included metasticized melanoma threatened to end her life as wife, mother, full-time Samaritan’s Purse worker, and creative person. Through the painful events and hospital trips, my mom began to paint. Should you ever have a chance to hear the full story, you would be incredibly enriched. I will not go into it all here except to say that she is a walking miracle. Through all that occurred in her early 40’s and even through a later bout with ovarian cancer, she has grown into, not only someone with a new outlook on life, but a very fine artist and painter. Do take the time to check out her work which is represented by Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery and by Artsource in Raleigh.
My mom describes herself as being shy when she was a young girl. Though I think she has shed most of the shyness now, perhaps the desire NOT to be photographed stems from this youthful bashfulness. Perhaps she’s just being cantankerous:) Whatever the reason, it’s always fun to try to snap mom’s picture at family events. These final sketches are drawn from pictures we took a few years back. They are only a few of a handful of photos we have of her face…albeit asleep on the couch with her mouth wide open! This is a typical Pat Pilkington pose from about 9 pm til she rouses herself enough to make it to her room to sleep for the night. We have all affectionately teased her throughout the years about this! And now, as the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, my own family finds ME in the evening, with my head lolling back and forth, eventually ending up snoring on the couch with my mouth wide open. Genetics are strong, people! And I know this well: what goes around, comes around…:)