Grandmother Elizabeth by Pam Humbargar

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Ink drawing with light ink wash, 8″ × 10″, on Bristol paper.
669 views, 04-28-13.
Features: Hand Drawn or Painted Happiness & Joy; Inspired Art; Revealed; Paint Book (Art Universe); Sketchings and Drawings

The inspiration for this drawing was an old photo I found of one of my great-grandmothers; her name was Elizabeth……she was sitting on the porch of her Kansas farmhouse…probably sometime during the late 1920s or early 1930s…the Great Depression and Dust Bowl came and went, and as the years went on…she and her family survived. She had several children, one of whom was my grandfather.

Elizabeth was an Irish immigrant who came to America via Canada sometime during the late 1800’s.

I tried to capture in the drawing the special, happy feeling that the old photograph conveyed to me…


ink drawing, women, immigrants, grandmothers, farmers, front porches, knitting, drawings, nostalgic, nostalgic portraits, nostalgic drawings

Fine artist working only in traditional mediums—primarily, oils, pastels, charcoal, and graphite.
All artwork is created the old-fashioned way—nothing is digital or otherwise computer assisted.

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  • Laura Grogan
    Laura Groganalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, gorgeous portrait! Such a classic nostalgic feel, and I especially love the subtle wash shading contrasting with hatching! :)

  • Thank you Laura…so pleased that you see the nostalgic feeling I was attempting to portray!

    – Pam Humbargar

  • shootback
    shootbackalmost 4 years ago

    Pretty cool, Pammy…I’m thinking…I bet she could’ve hidden a litter kittens under that dress?!

  • Yep, I bet there could be some cats hiding under there…getting ready to steal the yarn ball:)

    – Pam Humbargar

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillalmost 4 years ago

    Hi Pam, just having a look at your side, wonderful entrees and magnificent artwork

  • Thank you for stopping by Heidi, and for the very nice comments!!!

    – Pam Humbargar

  • artwin1
    artwin1almost 4 years ago

    OH I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much, I’m happy you like it!!!

    – Pam Humbargar

  • Blended
    Blendedalmost 4 years ago

    in Hand Drawn or Painted Art of Happiness and Joy, Congratulations!

  • Oh, thank you so very much, I am so honored, and so happy!!!

    – Pam Humbargar

  • shootback
    shootbackalmost 4 years ago

    Good work and congratulations on being featured, Pammy!!

  • Thank you, it was quite a nice surprise!

    – Pam Humbargar

  • Heidi Erisman
    Heidi Erismanalmost 4 years ago

    Hi Pat,
    This is a wonderful piece. I really like the technigues you used for shading and texture. I enjoyed viewing your gallery, too. You love your pets and it shows in your art. Thank you for visiting my dogs and pigs, too!

  • Thanks for stopping by, Heidi…I appreciate your kind words!!!

    – Pam Humbargar

  • Betty Smith_Voce
    Betty Smith_Vocealmost 4 years ago

    This is truly a beautiful drawing! Congrats on your feature.

  • Thank you so much Betty, I’m happy you like the drawing!

    – Pam Humbargar

  • Britta Döll
    Britta Döllalmost 4 years ago

    This is wonderful. A great portrait, telling about love and peace. Instant fav.

  • Thank you for the kind comment, Britta!

    – Pam Humbargar

  • Yvonne Lautenschlaeger aka medea
    Yvonne Lautens...almost 4 years ago

    Whow, beautiful! You captured her being rooted expression!!!

  • Thanks for the wonderful comment Yvonne!

    – Pam Humbargar

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