We all called our maternal grandmother “Grandmuzzie.” We absolutely idolized her! We lived near Salt Lake City but she was from Idaho Falls, Idaho, so it was such a treat whenever we got to see her.

I remember once we took her to the Great Salt Lake. It is seven times saltier than the ocean so you can just sit back in it and you’ll bob up and down like a cork. Grandmuzzie didn’t want to get into the water, so she just sat in a chair, dressed in her Hawaiian Muu Muu and shaded herself with an umbrella. That was fifty years ago.

I’ve portrayed the afternoon sun by making the right side of her very light with shadows going to the left side of the painting.

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April 10, 2010

Margaret @ 11:17 am #

Thank you, thank you, thank you for painting my sweet Mom. Such wonderful memories are brought back with your portrayal. I think it is fantastic!

Christine @ 12:19 pm #

This painting is so great. I’m glad you were able to recreate that memory.

Jared @ 1:29 pm #

I remember being held by her! Great painting!

Jennifer @ 3:51 pm #

I love the contrast of the red and the white and the colorful umbrella. I really lo e this painting!!

Chuck @ 4:08 pm #

Oh, the wonderful memories!

A. Josie: @ 5:09 pm #

I love this painting of my dear Mother. That MuMu lasted lots of years, and she loved to wear it, too. She would be so proud of you, Tom, for the great accomplishments you have made in your painting. Thank you, and lots of love from me!

April 13, 2010

Susie @ 5:50 pm #

I remember that day at Great Salt Lake. Grandmuzzie was so beautiful sitting there in red, in the midst of all the swimmers and sunbathers. Thanks for the memories! This is a gorgeous painting.

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