This was a very interesting commission from my friend Sylvia Harron - one that gave me a huge learning curve and a personal win.First let's introduce you to the ladies.And they were some VERY cool women!
Blanche-she started teaching in a one-room schoolhouse and went on to take a Masters in French language and literature in 1949.
Irene-She was Alberta's FIRST WOMAN amature vertebrate palentologist.
Ann-ran a beauty shop (including barbering) during the war in a Pool Room / Ice Cream Shop.
Violet (Sylvia's mom)In the RCAF and was a decoder in the secret service.
Bette-Drove around all over the states and Canada in a convertable.
Dorothy-The Story teller and prankster and the hub of her community.
Beatrice-Accomplished horsewoman and rancher.
I was hesitant at first; I don't think I can actually paint people that are 'people-you-know' so I said this to her. 'That's OK' she said "I like what you do - just catch the feeling of them'. And here's what happened. I DID get them - pretty darn good if I do say so . It was an honor to do this!!
Live and Learn, my friends. Live and Learn.