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freelance illustrator: have pen, will travel

andree robitaille wood at 85


a few years ago, on a whim, with no thought to either the future or expectations of others, i whipped up a little birthday sketch and posted it to my child’s facebook wall.

well, since i have three children, i was sure to draw something specific for the next child, and then the next. repeat, draw, post, as it were.

the fun was captivating for all, and in lieu of a mimed ‘happy birthday’ bit of typing for dear and close friends, i would see the fb warning (so in so’s birthday is next week!), and, conjuring up the essence of their je ne sais quoi, sketch, color, scan and post a suitable, and very custom, birthday illustration.

i can say, pretty proudly, that i haven’t missed many. granted, i have to cull the wheat from the chaff, as i have scads of fb friends and simply would be out on the street if i dedicated my time to these special sketches for all…! but my main people, well, let’s just say, i’ve got them covered.

so, yesterday was a pretty big day. my adorable, adventurous, wacky, determined, super intelligent and wildly curious mom turned 85. as a cue, my daughter suggested i center my sketch around my mom’s decade-worth of archaeological digging around turkey, one of the many pinnacles of an amazing life.

so, here it is. with a nod to istanbul, ankara, the expedition house, butterfly chairs where the likes of top global archaeologists and vip visitors would sip martinis after a long day at the site, my mom’s love of reading and travel, all tied up into one very happy drawing, for my favorite lady.


One thought on “birthday sketch

  1. flowbleu says:

    What an amazing woman!

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