As soon as I saw this photograph, I knew I had to have it. Look at these people! I don’t know what they were celebrating or where. A birthday party? I wonder if it was in a nursing home, some of the people look a bit ‘out of it’, don’t they? Maybe just too much wine… or sherry.
All dressed up for their celebration, wearing party hats. The woman in the middle is holding a bouquet. Is it her birthday? She seems unbothered.
I had great fun doing the patterns in the dress fabrics though I’m sure that a few of my colour choices may have been a bit out of period. What period is it, do you think? I think it’s probably 20s or 30s. The woman sitting at the left has a striped dress with a lace collar and a – probably velvet – bow ribbon. The man’s suit could be from nearly any time. The collar isn’t high enough for early in the century. The woman sitting on the ground at the far right is wearing a print dress and rather nice shoes, as is the woman seated to the right and behind her. I chose dark blue for her shoes, even though it might not be correct, as I thought she looked like the sort of person who would have worn colours that matched.
Then there’s the woman at the back nearly in the middle who I think of as ‘Elf-woman’… I did her clothes blue, then changed them to yellow, and then to pink, but she was calling out for pale blue and white!
The rug gave me some problems. At first I couldn’t perceive that it was one as, until zoomed in closely, the difference between the strands of it and the grass weren’t terribly noticeable. Then when I realised what it was – and that it was in fact a rag-rug (usually made from torn fabrics pulled through an openweave base and knotted), it was easy to do… but still not easy to choose the colours for it. In the end, I decided that doing it a fairly neutral green and greyish blue, would keep the balance in the photo.
The seated woman in green at the far left and the one at the right in a patterned dress with alternating-colour triangles are, I suspect, sisters. So it must be a family ‘do’ of some sort, I think. Though the one on the right seems to be away with the fairies… maybe she’s just tired.
What a smile the bespectacled woman (next to the one with the bouquet) has! I wonder what she was thinking about as the shutter clicked.
And what is the paper or cardboard that is beneath the man’s pipe? Is it to keep the ash from it off the rug? Or is it a treasure map?