S: Shades of Grace Portraits by Laura Dallas
FC: Shades of Grace Portraits by Laura Dallas
1: Laura enjoys drawing portraits of babies, people and animals, a relatively new past-time that has its roots in her childhood.
2: The ability to draw portraits was discovered in a sort of reawakening on Mother's Day of 2011, when my niece posted this fuzzy snapshot of her mother, on Face book. My younger sister, Nancy had passed away 7 years earlier and seeing this picture of her, before the disease took its toll on her, was a very nostalgic moment. Her appearance changed over the last years of her life, leaving sad memories. I was compelled to try to capture on paper what she might look like now in Heaven where she is enjoying eternal health and beauty. So with a pencil and a sketchpad before me and through tears of grief I began drawing..
3: About 45 minutes later I saw Nancy's eyes smiling back at me from the sketchpad! Seeing her healthy and beautiful again gave me such comfort! So out of grief a wonderful new hobby was born!
4: Having just created by hand a portrait that everyone recognized, I was then inspired to attempt to portray my mother who passed away of Alzheimer's, two years after Nancy. Again, the disease had taken its toll on Mother's appearance and our last memories of her were very sad. Having read in the bestseller, "Heaven is for Real", that "no one is old in heaven, and no one wears glasses," I found a picture of my mother when she was about 29 years old and portrayed her without the glasses. The results just breathed healing and encouragement into me. I now had on the sketchpad an image of my mother as I remembered her most of my life!
5: Then my thoughts turned to another area of loss in my life, the empty nest. Having raised our children through many moves mostly in Europe, most of the memories were reduced to old yellowing snapshots. I longed to preserve those precious moments and now I had a way to do just that.
6: First Father's Day | After 10 years of marriage we adopted our son, Marshall. This portrait was drawn from a snapshot taken that very first morning together. I called it, "Marshall, meet your dad. Fred, meet your son."
7: Newlywed and engagement memories! I decided to give my children a larger than life visual of their first love for their spouses.
9: Born to live in Heaven | In Good Hands Happy Residents of Heaven
11: and toddlers
12: Happy Times in Childhood | Who's Mommy's favorite princess? | Sisters
13: Special Events in Life | Birthdays | Gotcha Days
14: BelovedFamily Pets
16: "Gossip" | Parents of a teenager | and other unusual animals
17: Progression of the drawings
19: Oil Paintings from my youth My grandmother became a landscape artist after she was widowed and taught me to paint with oils at very early age. She was comfortable painting landscapes and still life, but not faces of people or animalsThe paintings on the next few pages were mostly done during my middle and high school years.