“I expect Ray will invite them in.” I can picture her peering out the window at the farm. The unsung hero behind the famous hospitality of the Ray Daae family. One day she and her grandson put their heads together and concluded that over the years, she’d probably made enough chocolate cake to span over 1.3 km - if you placed the pans end to end. Women like her are the real architects of society. “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.” - Kavita Ramdas Introducing my portrait of Verna Daae.
This was the last piece I finished before the unveiling of the Common Ground series at the artist reception this past Friday. It felt so strangely appropriate to end it off this way, seeing as she is the counter-part to the very FIRST piece in the project - the portrait of her husband Ray, "Life's Evening Sun". Now when I say 'last piece' - I don't mean to say this is the last piece for Common Ground. I plan to continue this coffee story-telling endeavor, as there are so many more portraits I would like to include. For now, I am enjoying my two 'book-ends', I'm just grateful to have the chance to share my heart.
Until next time, thank you again for following along! Artfully yours, Lauren