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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Women of substance

My heartfelt thanks to all of you my friends co-bloggers. Missing all of you and also visiting all your sites.....

I have drawn a lot of portraits of my loveones and friends and some people that gave me an inspiration to draw. I am not saying I am good at it already but it has made me feel better everytime. Many of them I have given away without taking a picture and I regret because it could be a great collection. Every face that I draw and paint has a story to tell and one day I will publish a book about it.

Here is my entry for Illustration Fridays topic for this week which is portrait.

She is the mother of a young woman I have met lately. I wanted to draw the daughter's face but she gave me a tiny picture of her mom and asked me if I can draw her instead. They have a story to tell and it is not different from many of them from Somalia. It was a sad story and I found myself not writing about it because I am sad myself nowadays. The daughter's smile and cheerful ways have made me smile a lot, though. It was contagious. She wanted to convert me to the muslim faith and one day, she invited me to her place. She asked me to sit down on a chair and gave me some apple juice to drink while she prepare herself to pray. And there she laid down her carpet in a corner and started praying. I was so quiet and was not able to drink my juice until she was finished. One day, I will try to draw her face and tell her story.

I can tell very little about the second image of a beautiful young woman. All I know is that she can sing her "blues" very well and "The wind beneath her wings". I was sitting in front and was concentrating a lot with the way she sings and so curious about the little piece of artwork on her face. They say they can tell something about her with her choices of songs but I doubt it. Anyway, her name is Rosemary. I hope she is not feeling blue wherever she is now.

Note: I cannot upload a separate picture of the second image. Blogger have teased me. I'll try next time or I will upload it on my next post. I encourage you to click home to see my other latest illustrations.


Blogger Autumn Storm said...

Beautiful drawings, Isay, really, they are very good!!

I get the sense from this post, although you don't say so directly, that you are back with us. I hope so, have missed you dearly. Hope you have been doing okay, if not great, and that things are better generally.
Talk to you soon, love, hugs, and wishes for a happy Sunday, x

June 04, 2006 4:30 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

This is a very good portrait. Very intense and sad expression... a beautiful woman, too.

June 04, 2006 9:32 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

you did a beautiful job on these women, very compelling drawings!

June 04, 2006 10:12 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Your new drawings are wonderful Isay, there is so much feeling and deep concentration within.

June 04, 2006 10:32 AM  
Anonymous marc said...

Hi Isay,
You me have missed. How are you?
Happy that you be of return.
I like very much this illustration. There are much tenderness and love in these faces.I got very well together.
Great work.
Take care of you.Nice week.

June 04, 2006 7:28 PM  
Blogger carla said...

I feel like you are telling us something of your own story through the stories of these womena. The portraits are very moving, especially with your words about them. Thank you for visiting my blog...I've missed you! I hope you'll return soon. Until then...warm thoughts and prayers:>

June 06, 2006 7:37 AM  

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