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“I know you like drawing portraits, and I thought you’d like this. It’s such a pretty pose.” my late great-grandmother said as she gave me this Ardco porcelain figurine/vase. That was when I was about 14 years old. I’ve always loved her gift to me. It makes me think of days long ago when bouffant hairdos, brooches, and fake eyelashes were all the rage.

Inspired by the days that my great-grandmother knew well and I could only dream about, I created a painting to share this fabulous beauty with you. “Vivian” is now for sale in my Etsy Shop. I’ve often seen other Ardco vases at antique shops, but I’ve never found one quite like my great-grandmothers. I hope you enjoy this piece!