Wednesday, April 20, 2011

“On-the-Spot” Children’s Portraits

Mother’s Day is approaching and here’s an idea for a perfect gift: a keepsake sketch which captures a son’s or daughter's appearance. Come to Bernardsville Public Library on Wednesday, May 4 between the hours of 1:00 and 5:00 pm when Harding artist Tine Kirkland Graham will be on hand to draw portraits “on the spot.” Mrs. Graham’s quick pen and ink sketches with watercolor highlights capture the essence of a person’s form and will be available for only $10/figure. (She can also work from a photograph if a child is not available on May 4.) Proceeds from the event will benefit the library.

“I love to sketch people of all ages, all sizes and all shapes,” says Mrs. Graham, “With their colorful garb, their different hair styles and attitudes, they all have a story to tell and I try to get the feel of each person.” She also writes books which she illustrates with her colorful drawings—about dogs and children’s stories with illustrations set in Nantucket, Bay Head and Florida. Her latest book, “Big Bossy Betty,” is an old-fashioned book about manners.

Describing herself as a “late in life artist,” Mrs. Graham is a self-taught artist who took some courses at The Center for Contemporary Art (formerly the Somerset Art Association) and the Summit Art Center. She began with pastel portraits of children and then moved on to large, wild beach and ocean scenes. Her work is represented in two galleries in Nantucket, as well as one in Bay Head, New Jersey and one in Florida.

Call the library at 908-766-0118 to reserve a timeslot or request further information.

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