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You are my sunshine by Dianne  Ilka

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A3 size Acrylic on Colourfix board

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You’ll never know dear
How much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away

This was the last song Grandad listened to before
he passed away in 2002 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
This is my first attempt at a portrait in acrylics. I am planning on giving it to Grandma as a surprise gift. I hope she likes it.

(Grandma now has the painting and loves it)

Linda Ridpath Fine Art Award
for Excellence in Figurative Art Acrylics
SoJie 14, October 2011


Thankyou so much for stopping by and taking the time to look at my artwork!
A lot of my original artwork displayed on here is also available for sale. Please feel free to send me a message for more details.

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  • Val Saxby
    Val Saxbyover 4 years ago


  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartover 4 years ago

    She’s gonna love it Dianne…It’s wonderful…!!!

  • Thankyou Meg

    – Dianne Ilka

  • futuredominguez
    futuredominguezover 4 years ago

    I love that…is has so much joy in it. It is a dream to be as happy and in love as they are after I have been married for 50 years!.thats what this photo does…it creates a dream.

  • Thankyou so much for you wonderful comments. I am so happy you picked up on what I was trying to achieve. I really loved their embrace.

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 4 years ago

    She will love it, it’s gorgeous, and a beautiful gesture!

  • Thanks! This would have to have been the most difficult project I have ever taken on. Really glad that I persisted though.

    – Dianne Ilka

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago

    “Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. ":

  • marilyn diaz
    marilyn diazover 4 years ago

    Love this, what a great picture.Just precious.Congrats. Well deserved.

  • Thankyou very much!

    – Dianne Ilka

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago
  • Lorraine  Stern
    Lorraine Sternover 4 years ago

    Beautiful, I am sure she will love it.

  • Thanks for looking.

    – Dianne Ilka

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, brilliant work and well deserved.

  • Thankyou!

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 4 years ago

    Oh this is so beautiful Dianne! I love the whole concept and the great colours you used. Congratulations on the features. (I would love to know your grandma’s reaction).

  • Thankyou so much Lynda. I took photos of this along the way and believe me, the skin colours changed so many times it was getting a bit crazy! I am putting this an our local art awards in a couple of weeks and then I will be giving it to Grandma. I have given her a sneek peak though and she loves it.

    – Dianne Ilka

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