Saturday, January 24, 2009

Portraits



Overheard at the New Club (club for posh people which we visited this evening):

"Whenever she gets painted, it's always with roses and dogs. Roses for love and dogs for faithfulness - the qualities she thinks epitomise her personality."

Well. Um.

All right, then. What would you have the painter put into paintings of you - apart from your loved ones - and why?

16 comments:

widget said...

If I had to put things that meant something to me I might not end up in the picture........

I would have a cat - black, but does this make me a witch?

It probably would if I included the cauldron and the broomstick......

But seriously besides the cat I would have to have running water in the form of a river or a beach.

Zanna, travelling tart, back in Oz said...

Champagne and diamonds - bubbly and sparkly!! Ha Ha. Z xx

Loth said...

Books, books, books and chocolate. I am extremely intrigued as to how you ended up in the New Club (presumably with a male escort of some sort - they don't let unacompanied ladies in there yet, do they?)

Lesley said...

I love the photo of the rose by the way.

Um, wine....to symbolise conviviality and shared pleasures; a dog or 2 at my feet....just because; and a green mountain behind to show independence and wildness.

Ooooh, intrigued by Loth's comments about the New Club, more please!

Lesley x

Isabelle said...

Lesley, my parents used to be members of the New Club (founded 1787!) and when my dad died, my mum kept on her membership. She can only be an associate member because she's a woman... and therefore can't use all the facilities, eg the ex-smoking room etc.

She takes us there occasionally. Excellent place to eavesdrop on the richish and powerfullish (my dad was quite prominent in business and things). Most people are much posher than us. Loud confident voices (English accents). But probably very nice.

Frogdancer said...

Wine, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and just my arm appearing from under a mountain of books that have obviously toppled over and crushed me beneath them.
(I've just lost the last day and a half reading...)

Jellyhead said...

What a fabulous question to pose to us!

I would have a big fat book on my lap, to show my bookish nature, and a few packets of potato chips strewn around me on the floor, to indicate my greediness.

What would YOU have Isabelle?!

rooruu said...

If I can only have two things, patchwork quilts and books!

Christine Thresh said...

My first thought was a bookshelf behind me and a quilt over my knees.
I read the other comments and found out I wasn't original at all.

meggie said...

I would be greedy & have a dog, a book & patchwork quilts.
I love Jelly's answer!

Warty Mammal said...

Books. In fact, forget me - just show the books.

I find knowledge seductive, and have a subconscious, idiotic notion that simply by having books around, I'll somehow absorb their contents.

Tillybud said...

A candle - I love the light and I love the shadows. Some people I find are like lights to me. I guess I'm an old moth at heart!

Gina E. said...

That IS a good question, Isabelle! I've had my portrait painted by several people (but not because I'm famous - ha ha ha!), and I was just sitting gazing into space. I was actually the model (fully dressed) for a class of students at Montsalvat artists colony here in Eltham, who were learning to paint portraits.
If I had it done by choice, I might choose to be doing some stitching.

jkhenson said...

I am curious as to what you would do, Isabelle. :) I would also like the photo to include books, and family photos spread on the floor. I love to do scrapbooking/family photos, etc, and my family is the most important thing to me. I would be wearing running shoes, too. :))And, I am thinking my laptop would be there, as well! :)

Thimbleanna said...

Well...you know my aversion to "portraits". Certainly my portrait would be a "Wilson" portrait and in place of an atlas of the UK, you would surely see my sewing machine (with lots of needles and fabrics and yarns for making things, books (of course, is that not what binds the readers of this blog?), a yummy dessert, Scruff, and perhaps a lovely German Shepherd because I miss having a faithful dog by my side!

Zhoen said...

I'll not take too much space here, but thanks for the post idea.