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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Victorian Nostalgia Portrait

"Four Sisters At Bloomingdales," (detail) from a 12" x 15" egg tempera portrait

If anyone out there has a favorite old photograph of family members or relatives, I love painting nostalgia portraits too, and the Victorian era is one of my favorite times to paint. I've even "adopted" a few relatives, as I love to collect vintage and antique photos.  One of my rare finds was a photo which was actually taken in Bloomingdales department store professional photo studio (it bore the 'Bloomingdales seal') around the turn of the last century, and I could not resist painting this scene.  Although it's an older painting of mine, done circa 1984, it still remains a personal favorite.


  1. WOW!!! mona this is just breathtaking!!! it is such an incredible painting! i love the concept of painting this much go to, beautifully done. congratulations and bravo!!!

  2. Thanks Suz! It was fun to imagine the colors in this, and one great thing about old photos is the depth of visual detail to be painted from. I don't even think modern hi-res digital cameras have equalled it yet, though perhaps they will one day soon.