My Great Grandmother by Amber Williams

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I finally got around to uploading the finished piece. Completed- May 2008.

Charcoal on wood is my favorite medium to work with. I chose oak because it is usually known for its’ strength and beautiful grain and I felt this would best up play the portrait of my Great-Grandmother. At the end of her life she was battling cancer. -By the time I was done with this piece I felt like I had the privilege of actually getting to meet her because I knew every shape and line on her face.

This piece took me well over 40 hours. I don’t know how long it actually took me because I lost all sense of time whenever I was working on it. 4 × 4 feet.

This was done during my senior year of high school and as a surprise gift to my grandma at my graduation.


age, berisme, charcoal, elderly, portrait, texture, woman, wood


  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • 1busymom
    1busymomover 4 years ago


  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    WOW!! Absolutely beautiful!!:D

  • madvlad
    madvladover 4 years ago

    you,ll have her now forever- ot your forever anyways

  • iroti
    irotiover 4 years ago

    Charcoal on wood? That’s really sweet. Never seen that technique before and love the wooden texture going through it. Adds to the woman’s wooden look.

  • thanks! to be honest I had never seen it before that point. -But I have a tendency to get annoyed with paper.

    – Amber Williams

  • RootRock
    RootRockover 4 years ago

    wow wow 3 time if you ask i will see …’love it ,,it is sooo soft and worm feeling and love and care for same one love .i think i am eyes arts for along time ..bye

  • RootRock
    RootRockover 4 years ago

    yes …. i love the wall sooo match

  • brianjarvis
    brianjarvisover 4 years ago


  • thank you!

    – Amber Williams

  • RootRock
    RootRockover 4 years ago
    ..r. a after i see your,,,,painting ,,i see my mam on the dream today
  • thank you!

    – Amber Williams

  • JRobinWhitley
    JRobinWhitleyover 4 years ago

    This is powerful! Do you have to do a special treatment on the oak to use charcoal? Does a matte spray work afterwards?

  • thank you! I used a combination of sprays.. I have done this same kind of work on birch wood (which was much smoother to draw on). The results I got in the two different woods were different with both sprays.

    I do remember using hairspray though. As I was working on it I used some kind of spray that was different from when I finished it (I wish I could remember what they were). I didn’t treat the wood in anyway before I started drawing though just because it ruins the texture. -It was all trial and error because some things would make the charcoal sink into the grain.

    In person the grain is not as visible. It was very hard to photograph (even without flash) because of the sprays. -Hope this helps :)

    – Amber Williams

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