originally published November 20, 2005.

With a decidedly more positive outcome than some of the others, Ida’s portrait is now “finished”. That an artist is never actually “finished” is a given. I reserve the option to polish this work further. But for now, it is done.

Ida’s portrait was in many ways less stressful to complete than the others. There was a lightheartedness to it. Even while there is a dark period and melancholy in parts, there is also a twist of humor about it. Her drawings help reinforce this, along with her choice of music lyrics which peer in and out of the images throughout the piece. From “Sweet Georgia Brown” to “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” to “Take me out to the ballgame”… Ida’s sense of ironic wit peeks through… right down to the little joke that appears in the form of a life lesson retold from urban internet myth about a 93-yr-old lady who has no enemies… “I just outlived the bitches”…

You can’t help but marvel at Ida’s spirit.

The fourth in the series of “graphic” portraits…


Ida’s finished portrait

Sunday, November 20, 2005
Mara Jevera Fulmer