Elusive by Carmen Holly

My first try at sponge painting in Corel Painter 11.

Featured ~ EveryDay Women 4-15-2011
Permanent Feature ~ Vintage StoryBook Art
Featured ~ Inspired Art 4-23-2011

Inspired by ~ My unknown encounter with Greta Garbo.

Living in Manhattan in 1984…I wandered into a tiny grocery store to buy crackers.
Finding only two brands I knew nothing of…I asked an elderly lady next to me if she
could recommend one. She quickly chose one over the other. I thanked her.
She then asked where I was from etc. How I liked living in Manhattan.
I replied..I didn’t care for it much for there was NO PRIVACY..sirens all day & night
and no fresh air. I was used to country living where you could walk out your front door
naked if you wanted & no one to see you do it.
She asked if I had a car and if I could drive a stick shift.How far I had to drive to buy things.
If I had a phone..which I didn’t.. for … I hate to talk on them, prefer face to face.
She agreed she hated them too. We talked a while more and
We then went to pay for our purchases..her before me.
The checker said she it was good to see her out for it was a while since she had been in the store.
The elderly lady said ..Yes it has been a while.
As she started to leave…she turned to me & said: It was so nice to meet you & I so enjoyed
our conversation. I told her the pleasure was all mine & thanked her again for help with the crackers.
She disappeared out the door.
The checker looked at me with shock on her face & said..She had worked at the store for over 20 years and that lady had NEVER spoken to a soul but her.
I told her we had a long conversation over the crackers.
As I started to leave she touched my arm & said: Greta Garbo shops in here quite often.
I was speechless!
How Ironic..me talking Privacy to Greta Garbo.

You never know when you are making a memory.


  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 4 years ago

    Please submit to Vintage Art Storybook.
    Beautiful work Carmen :o)

  • Thank you Kira..I started to but was not sure if it applied. Hugz for the invite.

    – Carmen Holly

  • luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast
    luvapples down...almost 4 years ago

    This is so good and I loved your memory :-)

  • Thank YOU..it is one of my best memories of living in Manhattan.

    – Carmen Holly

  • Cabisha
    Cabishaalmost 4 years ago

    Wow Deja…another stunning painting !! You learned yourself a new technique and it’s already a winner. Everything you are doing turned out in" gold".
    You are an artist in the real sence of the word and I’m so proud to be your friend for so many years. Thank you for your inspiration !!
    Hugs, Connie xx

  • Connie..Your words are so Kind & the Best of Friend!
    I really do not conside myself an artist..just a student at learning. I just love to play & see what happens. Big Hugz for the compliment & being my friend.

    – Carmen Holly

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, love the story and love the image. :-)

  • Thank YOU Sybille. It really is a special memory & after reading her Memoirs…we had lots of things in common.

    – Carmen Holly

  • Rhonda F.  Taylor
    Rhonda F. Tayloralmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful tones and mood portrayed Carmen…what an amazing story! Love that, just shows it pays to take the time to speak to strangers…you just never know whose life you are making better by showing a bit of warmth.
    Rhonda :)

  • Thank YOU Rhonda..I still get chills thinking about it..I would have probably just froze if I had known who I was speaking to. She was so sweet & so interested in my thoughts on Manhattan & my country life. So kind to me when she told me she so enjoyed meeting me. Then..I was soooo struck by find out who she was… Kind of the checker to tell me. I never went back to the store.

    – Carmen Holly

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous portrait… love the deepness of the glance !!!

  • Thank you Dwarkan. That classic Garbo look..even there in her elderly face.

    – Carmen Holly

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous image. Love the hint of a smile and those far-away eyes. Beautiful.

  • Thank you, Lisa!

    – Carmen Holly

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasalmost 4 years ago

    LOVE your painting…the color selections and those haunting eyes draws one in for keeps.
    And I am reminded by your story that there is an advice to be careful lest one entertain angels unaware. What a wonder-filled happening for you. “Ain’t life grand?”

  • Thank you so much, Sassafras.
    My feeling exactly on angels unaware & yes Life is a Grand adventure.
    Love your user name..Sassafras..those trees are one of my favorite..the fall color is a unique shade of soft red orange..like no other trees have.
    Hugz for your compliment.

    – Carmen Holly

  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Carmen- the gaze is captivating!

  • Thank YOU! Makes my day you like it.

    – Carmen Holly

  • RuthHunt
    RuthHuntalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful story, beautiful portrait …..

  • Thank you Ruth. Most appreciated!

    – Carmen Holly

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