This is one of my all-time favorite photos of my great-grandmother. Grandma Duval was a professional photographer. Grandpa Duval did all of the developing. He was pretty great behind the camera too. I don’t know if he took this photo or if Grandma used a tripod. She specialized in hand-painting portraits with oil paints. I love that she handpainted this photo of herself.
This portrait is a beautiful, large, framed print that hangs in my office. It is about 10 1/2 inches by 13 inches. I have been the proud steward of this photo for about eighteen years now. I had stopped by my Grandma’s house, Estelle’s only daughter, and saw this beauty propped up against a wall in the hallway. I was in awe. My Grandma asked if I wanted it. I was stunned and asked if she was sure. She said it was on its way to the trash can so I might as well take it. I’m so glad I stopped by that day! Can you imagine if this treasure had ended up in a landfill?!
Happy Thursday, I hope you will scan and share a favorite photo today!! xoxo