22×32 pastel done for my Mom. Original unavailable.

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After coming back to Ohio in 1981, I did 3 portraits for my Mom’s birthday. One of her mother, one of my brother and then there’s me. Well, the first one of me she didn’t like and asked me to do it again. This is my second attempt and she was very happy with it… I wasn’t. I felt that I got my hair and eyes just fine but the lower half of my face just didn’t seem right. I didn’t argue with Mom.. I’d lose anyway!!

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I love what I do and I do what I love.. been drawing for over 60 years now – I hope I’ve got it right.

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  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraalmost 2 years ago

    Wow! So, I finally get to see a glimpse of what the ‘real’ artist looks like. Amazingly drawn/painted, as usual; displaying tremendous details; as well as, showing the spendid ability to be able to capture heightened ‘character’. The day when I can do such WONDERFUL self-portraits remains just a mere total ‘dream’. Warmest congratulations; everything you do is just absolutely FANTASTIC! Fav. for 200% sure! ;-)

  • Thank you.. but as you know, self-portraits are one of the most difficult things for an artist to do. We always see ourselves a little different than we actually look. Oh well.. I do try..

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • JolanteHesse
    JolanteHessealmost 2 years ago

    This is such a superbly sensitive and well-observed self portrait. The style of work uniquely Barbara and the tones masterful. Bravo!

  • Oh.. I hope I am that person.. and thank you so much for a wonderful comment

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...almost 2 years ago


    Fantastic Self portrait!!

  • I was a lot younger then.. and didn’t know what I know now.. and I had GOBS of energy!! Now-a-days just getting up in the morning is sometimes a feat of courage!! Thanks though.. it’s appreciated.

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 2 years ago

    Both an attractive and intellectual looking lady and I’ll make bet those feature are still present today.

  • well the hair’s a lot grayer.. things are definitely sagging.. but the sparkle is still in the eyes!!

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • canonman99
    canonman99almost 2 years ago

    typo there…..you mean 26

  • No.. no typo but thanks. And with that I will tell you about my first EVER carding. I was in a bar, ordering a drink and was asked for ID.. I was 40!! I almost kissed the waitress!!

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaalmost 2 years ago

    wow, its nice to see your self-portrait, though i saw you in photo with your mother somewhere.

  • Just remember it’s 30 years ago.. and thanks

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumalmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations, – 16th March, 2013 – Shirley, Jean & Rene

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful work !!! Bravo!!!
    Your host, Deb
    March 16, 2013

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumalmost 2 years ago

    Your request as to which picture members like the best, my choice is this one.

    Hairstyle is different and some differences in the nose and mouth, but this one is my choice, it is softer, I believe the colour in the other is not as good and the neck….Both are well done but this is a softer piece of art and is my personal preference. Shirley

  • thanks for taking the time to tell me that. So maybe my Mom was right then for the same reasons

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréover 1 year ago

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