Thursday, March 18, 2010

Camp Mystery









Another portrait started of the man on the left in this old family photo. The man on the right is my great-grandfather Camp, my father's mother's father. I'm not sure who the man on the left is, or how he is related to me, but he looks very familiar. I think he might be my great uncle. Whoever he is, I have spent the afternoon camped out on my porch staring at his grainy digital image trying to resurrect him with charcoal. chalk, and acrylic paint. Sounds a little freaky. It felt a little freaky. But good. Better than digging up his remains and parading them through the streets. Maybe it's the same thing.

6 comments:

kaitlyn said...

Way cool, I love this drawing Mom! I like where you're headed. Get it, headed? Haha. No really, nice work! And by the way, I really like your title Mything Persons (or is it people? either way). It's got great versatility. I want to see more dead people!

Martha Miller said...

ok, wait here while i go dig some up!

hee hee

thanks, honey! it feels good where i'm heading (heading! ha ha)

it just might be mything persons. even if it sounds like a lisp. a bit of comedy is always good, eh? :^P

love you
xo

Susan Beauchemin said...

NICE!! I really like this portrait and in black and white--that old time collar closed with a dot?! Cool, and his attitude--very familiar--reminds me of our family--maybe more of my own son!

Dean Grey said...

I SO love this portrait, Martha!

It looks gritty and haunting and cool!

Maybe it's because it's a period picture or that it's done in all gray tones.

In any case, this one just speaks to me!

-Dean

Martha Miller said...

Hey, Sue!

Yes, doesn't this guy look very familiar! He reminds me a bit of Eben, too. I think that he might be our great grandmother Zillah's brother. Just a guess.
Zillah! Now there's a name! (God, Zillah, what are you doing?!) No child of mine could be named Zillah. Zillah Miller! Not good...

Martha Miller said...

Oooh, thanks, Dean! Gritty Haunting and Cool I'll take! It IS a bit spooky doing these portraits of ancestors!