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-- 07 March, 2006 --

EDM Challenge #57 - Draw a picture frame and its contents

My Beautiful Boy
Sepia ink & watercolour
on Aquabee Super Delux

A cheap and nasty, tarnished old frame but the photograph it contains is very precious to me. I can clearly remember when it was taken, even though it was about twenty four years ago. I was (and still am) the very proud Mum of my first child - my beautiful boy. Shopping in the local mall, we were approached by a photographer who was taking photos for a beautiful baby competition, or at least that is what she said. What mum could resist the temptation?

'We will be here next week with the results.' she said.

My smiling lad didn't win the competition, but ...

'Have a look at these lovely photographs,' said another smiling woman. 'Wouldn't they make a wonderful gift for his grandparents? The whole pack is only $40.'

Of course, I was hooked! All of the rellies received a copy of the photograph. My father had his on display on his sideboard long after my little boy became a big boy. My mother has a watercolour I did, using the photo as a reference - which I have used Photoshop to paste into the frame here.

Tweny four years on, I don't see much of my beautiful boy any more but I still have this photograph in it's tarnished frame to help me to remember the wonderful times I had with him when he was my little boy.

I wonder if anyone ever wins those competitions ...

Posted by robynls at March 7, 2006 8:04 PM


Well that is a unique sales pitch. Makes me think about digging out a favorite picture of my two and framing them. Sure I have big ones they gave me one year, but the innocense of childhood can't be beat.

Posted by: Bonnie at March 8, 2006 12:39 AM

What a lovely memory and photo! Precious.

Posted by: TeriC at March 8, 2006 1:08 AM

Looks great Robyn! love your boys expression and big eyes!
They still have those competitions now - its just to get sales on their photo packs but the pics are beautiful anyway!

Posted by: Anastasia at March 8, 2006 9:58 AM

:-D I remember those days! I wonder if they still do that with children's photos? Anyway, this is wonderful -- I love that great big smile!

Posted by: Linda at March 8, 2006 10:01 AM

Nice painting, and a good story, wryly told - apparently it was worth it, even if it was a scam.

Posted by: Nancy at March 8, 2006 2:45 PM

What a great painting Robyn! You both deserve a prize - him for his good looks, and you for your talent with the watercolours.

Posted by: Blue . [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 8, 2006 5:25 PM

Not too long ago we went through pictures of our five as they came along and grew. More precious than gold, that re-run of memories.

Posted by: Denver doug at March 8, 2006 6:11 PM

I remember this photo, and yes, this is exactly what he looked like. You are quite talented sis.

Posted by: Gail at March 8, 2006 9:54 PM

Very nice, Robyn. What a handsome lad and such a good drawing, too. You have made his hair look just as soft as cornsilk.

Posted by: Karen Winters at March 13, 2006 3:26 PM

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