Sunday, May 16, 2010

The hidden talents of a friend....!

I have a friend,
 one of those lovely friends
 with whom you can talk about everything and nothing
One of those friends 
that you don't need to see all the time
 for them to still be a friend.
 We are not old friends,
 fairly new in fact, 
and are still getting to know things about each other.
Recently she and her husband called in
 and he mentioned that Mandy painted!
We hadn't talked about this and I was fascinated
 so this weekend I was at her home and asked to see her paintings.
"I paint faces" she said
I don't quite know what I expected
 but this is what she does 
and I am in absolute awe of her amazing talent!

I want this one!

(Mandy the line has gone!!!)

what character 

Oh Frieda!

And this one!
 reminds me of Mandy!

I am sorry my photography does not do these justice!

At the end I found a few more and Mandy said
"I tried water colours here"


Top is the Chairman of our regional Arts Board
my Mother was a painter and I dally in the field 
without a huge degree of success!
so it is rather exciting to find such a talent
 and to be able to share this find.
 I hope you agree with me

Mandy you are a star.




  1. Your friend is a complete talent! I love that first one too...such presence.

  2. I love the first one too. the blond with all that black, fantastic!

  3. Yes I'd say you made quite a find. The best part is she is a friend as well.

  4. Great pictures! The first one is my favourite, too.

  5. Wow! I would say your friend Mandy can be called an Artist without any problem, what an amazing talent, she truly captures her models personality. All are amazing works of art. Thanks for sharing,Kathysue

  6. I was astonished, really. I haven't painted anything real in months, and it makes me remember that I still have to continue my painting career.

  7. Oh my goodness, and she's not well known? They are stunning. Rachaelxx

  8. Oh my gosh, she is REALLY talented! Wow! I LOVE that top painting, so striking!

  9. Hi Julienne,
    Thanks for your sweet happy to meet you! Your friend truly does have amazing talent! Beautiful work!

  10. What an extraordinary artist! I love these paintings Julienne. Thank you for sharing them with us!! Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Tina xx

  11. Loved your comment over @ The Hedge Julienne, it gave me a big laugh! I do love technical, nerdy stuff, but your info. left me spinning! For someone who can't even colour in between the lines, I'm in total awe of Mandy's talent.
    Millie ^_^

  12. I'm still reeling over the chest you painted and now you show us these! Fantastic.

    hat an amazing talent.

  13. Wow, I love how a casual statement can disguise such amazing talent. She is really, really good.

  14. Hello Julienne,

    Greetings from Scotland.

    I found your blog by random and have enjoyed a look around.

    These are beautiful paintings. I particularly loved the movement in the 2nd watercolour here. The artist is very talented. I also liked the restored toy box a few posts back. It must have been a frustrating but salutory lesson to have made a mistake like that on the first attempt. It has ended up as a striking piece though.

    I'll come back again when I have a bit more time.


  15. Wow! Just lovely. It feels so good to have really close friends.:-) Hug Stina

  16. i just love lady portraits! i've been painting some myself.
    xoxo alison

  17. Morning....wanted to say thanks for the nice note you left me,means alot! I have to say of all of these unlike most the last one is my favorite,have to wonder what she is thinking!

  18. mandy is talented.
    i love her more quirky pieces the best.


  19. Julienne! WOW These works of art of just fabulous. There are paintings and then there is art, where someone pushes the envelope just far enough to make it a museum quality piece, and your friend has done it. Thank you also for coming to visit my blog and you must visit the blog from which I took that image of those pink satin shoes!

    This is Gorgeous is the can either click on the link I provided or Google it.


  20. She is brillant...agreed this woman is very talented...thank you for sharing ....when she is famous...I can say I saw her here on your blog....bkm


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