Still Life Portrait of Grandma


The Be Still assignment was intriguing. Make a portrait of someone without the actual person being there. The idea was to gather things that might convey something about that person. I thought of my grandmother. At her death, her garage was filled with boxes of everyday things she collected from old dust pans, to shoe forms, canning jars, and old linens. She grew up in a boarding house so I think these common things reminded her of those days, with the traveling salesmen coming through town staying a night or two, their bags filled with all kinds of things a household on the Kansas prairie might need.


She had 3 boys, always wanted a girl, and got her wish with her first grandchild, me. She loved to read and thought it was an important past time,  so as a child I always received a book from her at Christmastime.


She taught me how to make pinwheels and how to can. She loved music and would always have the radio on when she worked in the kitchen.


But none of these material things can express my most cherished memories of my grandma. She had a youthful spirit and a kind heart. She had a sly smile and her laugh was infectious. She had soft eyes that would look at you with a kind of pride that made you stand taller, and she hugged you with her whole body and spirit.

Linking up with Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday today. All the images here have Kim’s breathe preset applied and her Magic 091 texture added. I think I applied it with soft light blend mode at around 35% but can’t quite read my processing notes as Peg, our cat, threw up her breakfast on my notebook! Oh well, back to reality.

Take care,


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16 Responses to Still Life Portrait of Grandma

  1. Ahh such a sweet post for a beautiful lady and you took after your Grandma which makes it even better in your sweet smile and soft eyes. Love the dustpan that is just way cool.

  2. Michelle B says:

    So many wonderful memories you have captured in your photos. I love the close up of the pictures and pocket watch on the dustpan.

  3. Sheila says:

    Beautiful post and lovely images. Such loving memories.

  4. Donna says:

    Carol, Your pictures and story today are a lovely tribute to your grandmother. The pictures drew me in, as I searched the details and wondered about their significance. Your memories of making pinwheels and caning and reading – well, she clearly helped to shape you and gave the gift of her time.

  5. a cornucopia of images, senses and emotions…all strung together with wonderful memories…excellent job!

  6. lisa says:

    Beautiful images, Carol, and a truly beautiful post.

  7. Pat says:

    Wonderful assignment. I loved reading about your grandma. The pictures are great too.

  8. Oh this is beautiful! She sounds like a wonderful woman.

  9. Caz says:

    I love all the treasures and memories you shared of your Grandma, they made a wonderful image ! 🙂

  10. Dotti says:

    Not only did you do a lovely job with this ‘portrait’ of your grandmother, you’ve shared some beautiful memories! I love this little peek into your younger lifetime.

  11. kelly says:

    carol what a beautiful tribute. thank you for sharing your beautiful memories.

  12. What sweet memories. It’s hard to capture the fullness of a person with their things, but it’s fun to try.

  13. How absolutely fascinating. A real treasure.

  14. seabluelee says:

    How lucky you were to have such a special person in your life. I loved these little photographic glimpses into her personality. I think the second one, with the watch and old photos, is my favorite.

  15. pat says:

    interesting combo of things encased in the resin – nicely done

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