Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady by Laura Bray

Back in the day, when I was doing more collage, I collected a few vintage photographs. They've been collecting dust in a photo box ever since. I'm trying to do a major overhaul of my studio right now and, when I stumbled over these photos, I couldn't bring myself to get rid of them (which is why my studio needs an overhaul). Of course, I stopped cleaning and organizing and decided to paint one of the found photos.

Painting from Found Photos::Laura Bray Designs

The back of this photo says it's a portrait of Augusta Mullin Newport. Someone (I'm guessing Augusta) wrote on the back that the photo was taken in 1918 and that she was pregnant with Bill. Such a small slice of life. I wonder what Augusta's life was like. She had a fancy, fur stole and looked well-dressed, so I'm guessing she came from money. Did her husband fight in the Great War? Did she disapprove of flappers? Did her family lose their money in the Depression? And what about Bill? He was just about the right age to go to war when WWII happened. Did he fight? Did he get out alive? Is he alive somewhere out there, at the ripe old age of 96? Why was his mother's portrait abandoned to a flea market?

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