Watercolour; Hanno's Hettie
Rhonda's lovely gifts to me
A quick pastel portrait of Rhonda's little grandson for the swap theme "something blue"
Well...I managed to be very ill right around then (yet again) but I didn't want to leave poor Rhonda without a gift, so I did a very quick pastel portrait of her little grandson, as he was wearing this adorable blue Captain America outfit, which matched the theme! and mailed it off to her. But I filed the "cat or chicken" thought back in my mind for a later date as I really wanted to give her what she had asked for.
In return, I had received from her a beautiful linen apron -- made from linen she had used in the photos in her new book -- (A gorgeous book, may I add) -- and a quilted table runner with 8 cloth napkins, all lovingly and skillfully made by herself.
A few months later, I had recovered enough to get the paints out again. It had been a long time since I had painted anything by that stage, but she had a striking photo of their old white cat, who had recently unfortunately died, and as I was sure they might want something to remember her by, and the photo was so striking to me, I took it on as a challenge. I really wanted to get that white light and reflected lighting just *so*. I felt that I succeeded. Hanno's Hettie is my favourite painting so far. Maybe because I just got exactly what I was looking for.