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Claire by Simon Aberle

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The love of my life, my heart’s desire, my greatest reward from the Gods for the hard lessons I’ve had to learn.
This young lady Claire Aberlé and I wed on the 31st of October 2009 in the Australian version of Beltane (which is traditionally in May in the northern hemisphere), a Pagan time of celebration where the God and Godess are reunited finally.
A notion that couldn’t be more apt, as Claire and I met on Red Bubble in April 2009, fell deeply in love, despite 10,000 miles between us.
She travelled to Australia alone and stayed with me for 5 weeks in June/July, and we knew we were born for each other, without question.
I asked her to marry me while she was here, and with immense courage we sacrificed our time with each other once again for distance, in order for her to apply for immigration, which would not have been possible without financial help from kind hearted family members. She went back to England for 12 weeks before the visa was finally approved. She arrived back in my arms a week later, a moment we had been hoping, dreaming, and begging for.
This is a true romantic story with a happy ending :)

Completed 16th September, 2009
Graphite mechanical pencils, 3H, HB, 2B, 8B on Reeves white sketch paper, A3

Home Page Feature 31st May, 2011

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  • Naomi  O'Connor
    Naomi O'Connorover 5 years ago

    Wow…great story and fatastic drawing of here! Congratulations and have a great wedding.

  • Thanks Naomi

    – Simon Aberle

  • clarkey
    clarkeyover 5 years ago

    Such a wonderfully romantic tale of love, Simon. Good luck in your journey together. My best wishes for your wedding. This is an exquisite portrait of a beautiful lady.

  • Thanks so much Clarkey, she is a very beautiful lady :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • carss66
    carss66over 5 years ago

    awesome work simon.i hope you both a very happy life together,congrats and best wishes mate.true love will endure no matter how far away you are.all the best chris

  • Thanks so much mate, those words are so true :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Claire Aberlé
    Claire Aberléover 5 years ago

    I love you :)

  • I love you too princess :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • red addiction
    red addictionover 5 years ago

    beautiful shot! she’s gorgeous!

  • Thanks so much :)
    I agree, she indeed is!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    An absolutely amazing piece of artwork and a fairy tale love story, which some of us have followed from it’s beginnings, and will continue to follow to it’s happy ending on the 31st October. Love conquers all!!!! xo

  • Thanks Lynda, not only for your comment, but your ongoing support and your massive heart, as well as your friendship. Claire and i appreciate it so much :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaover 5 years ago

    congratulations for happy life.!!!!!wonderful portrait too!!!

  • Thanks Hidemi, i appreciate that

    – Simon Aberle

  • Cate Townsend
    Cate Townsendover 5 years ago

    Magnificent Simon congratulations to both of you.

  • Thank you Cate !

    – Simon Aberle

  • RebeccaWeston
    RebeccaWestonover 5 years ago

    This is such a romantic story and I wish you both the very best of luck and love. BTW the likeness is amazing, and once again it looks like a photo (I bet you are sick of people saying that !! haha) XX

  • I never get sick of people saying it, although sometimes it can be frustration when people say ‘Nice Photo’, when in the time I have put into my efforts I could have taken hundreds of photos :)
    But I guess that’s a compliment in itself!
    Thanks for your comments as always.

    – Simon Aberle

  • Lynette K.
    Lynette K.over 5 years ago

    She is absolutely beautiful…very romantic and soft.. Your graphie work on this, shading, is beond amazing.

  • Thanks so much. I tried to capture her soft side, she is the most precious creature alive and it’s her gentle nature i love best about her :)

    – Simon Aberle

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