Aunt Mary and Baby by Kay Kempton Raade

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Pencil HB to 6B

I was inspired by a 1914 photo of a family trip to visit Aunt Mary in Ashland, Montana. I’m sure they went by horse team and wagon with two toddlers and a baby.

The reason I know the year is that the baby is my dad.



When newness filled her walk
And buttercups more than
Snow-covered dreams, she was
Long and thin as the lodge
Pole pines she swung high
To make the framework
of her days. Weight of years
and pull from Mother Earth
has bowed the black-wrapped
legs. Her shape peared
as shoulders gave their square
to slope. The tracks through
her leathered face aim toward
the ground.
But, around the eyes
burst the rays of the Sun
in all directions
when she smiles.

The tears that lay in basined
lids reflect
two worlds.

Kay Kempton Raade

Wildlife, people, dogs, ranches, mountains, cameras.

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  • frogster
    frogsterover 4 years ago

    Wonderful work Kay

  • Wow, thanks so much!!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Nori Bucci
    Nori Bucciover 4 years ago

    Really beautiful work, Kay, the textures are wonderful…Wow!!!

  • Thanks so much, Nori. I appreciate your comment!!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 4 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thank you, Rick!!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Anne Guimond
    Anne Guimondover 4 years ago

    Realistic as a photograph!

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful drawing with us :)

  • Thank you very much!! 8-)

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosover 4 years ago

    WOW,amazing. outstanding work !!

  • Woohoo, Thanks for the WOW, Carlos!!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • sejramic
    sejramicover 4 years ago

    Great,beautiful composition and textures

  • Thank you very much!! 8-)

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Excellent drawing, Kay! A fascinating glimpse, well rendered.

  • Thanks so much S. My internet has been out two days, so glad to be back.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Kay, wonderful image.

  • Thanks so much, Rosalie!!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Anne Guimond
    Anne Guimondover 4 years ago

    Amazing drawing! REally photo-realistic. And the story of the picture give a soul to the picture… A precious gift to give to the kids and grandkids, to travel to further generations.


  • Wow, thanks for the feature.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful thing to have inside of you.

  • Thank you, Tokiko. What a lovely thing to say.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

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