Day 1 ~ Dorottya Unfinished

I’ve had the flu for 3 days now and that doesn’t make for good painting time, but I tried to get a head start on my 30 Paintings in 30 Days, so even though I’m not finished with this painting, I’m going to post it for day 1.

Dorothy

This will be my second painting in my “Old World” series. Dorothy (Dorottya) is my husband’s great grandmother. Her story is pretty incredible. She is from Czechoslovakia. In 1907 when she was 18 years old she married, and they had a child, and then her husband emigrated to America hoping to be able to afford to send for her shortly. But it was 11 years before she was able to see him again. I can’t imagine. I admire our ancestors who worked so hard and sacrificed so much to have a better life for their posterity.

I have looked at pictures of Dorothy in her “Old World” traditional dress, and I am astounded at the artistic beauty of the embroidery that she must have spent many, many hours creating. Dorothy was so beautiful, and that is without make-up of any kind. The photos are all black and white, and my goal is to try and bring out the color and give life to the clothing that were incredible masterpieces of handy work…

dorothy-and-inlaws

Dorothy…second to the left with her husband’s family.

dorothy-holding-maryDorothy and her daughter and nephew. Yes, that is a little boy standing on the chair. 🙂