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Mrs. Kerssemakers (c. 1890, age 4?)
Robert Tracy
Oils on canvas
14 x 11"
1985

My first girlfriend's grandmother.

My girl's name was Margaret Mary Kerssemakers. Her father was from Holland, where his mother married a man whose last name was Kerssemakers. Mr. William Kerssemakers had a little old B & W framed photo of his mother on the mantel. Would tell me the history of his grandfather, who he claimed was a close friend of Van Gogh. He would sit with this young 16 year suitor (myself) of his daughter with notes in a big book of Van Gogh's works. I do remember being wide-eyed to see the name Kerssemakers in a book about a great artist. This was my introduction to the work of Van Gogh.

But I mostly noticed a resemblences in the photo to my Margie, even though she was by then 15 or 16.

Although the last time I saw Margie (1968--she granted me a sad date while on leave after my first tour in Vietnam--we had broken up in 1966) before my marriage to Linda in 1969, her father and I had kept in touch all those years. In 1985 he loaned me the B & W photo and I made this painting of his mother, which he promply purchased.
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Stunning Work!!! Masterful!!!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I enjoy the stories as much as the paintings :nod:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I feel that I talk too much. But only online. In person I'm practically dumb, but not deaf.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm the same. I probably come off as a snob at times.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You and I are brothers. And we both know it. You never come off as a snob. There's so much in your work to start with, and then you offer your own books (I'll get the other two as soon as I can. Since Linda has read your "Saestralle" [link] at least as many times as I have I reckon she's your sister-in-law.) along with others' writings, music new to me, ideas and on it goes.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
We are brothers, truly. And pLease say "hello" to sister-in-law :)
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Absolutely beautiful and the story behind it too. Very lovely. :love:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, sir, this is my favorite among your artwork, so delicately done, such an innocent face, so cut :love:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Dear Miss Jasmin, thank you very much.
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QueenOfCostumes Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow, absolutely beautiful. You have captured the interecting curves of her hair/ace/body perfectly, and the sense of youth. The hair is rendered beautifully, and the light brings out the contours to make a brilliantly dynamic piece. Looking forward to checking out the rest of your gallery!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Might have, Deanna, something to do with the fact that this little girl's granddaughter was my first love. Lasted from age 15 to 18--she was 14. A very serious deep love one never forgets. Never went all the way because pre-marital sex was forbidden by the Catholic Church, and I was so wrong not to break that awful rule. My girl had some of the features of her grandmother. My wife of 42 years knows of it, and there's no jealousy, anything like that. After all, my wife was my first, and only, fully real love.

Thank you very much for seeing what and how I meant to portray this Kerssemakers.
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QueenOfCostumes Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow, what an interesting story behind the painting! Goes to show how much meaning can be read from a single image. I think a lot of true love occurs in adolescence - when our emotions are at their highest intensity! And I think it is great that you recognise that there are different types of love for different parts of our lives. I don't mean to pry, but what happened to your lover?
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hank1 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Lover in the sense above. I took her out 1st thing on my return from my 1st tour in Vietnam (Dec., 1968) Barely a kiss. Didn't see her again till 1976. At the mall with my 2 daughters, she with her 2 sons. Said her husband was away for a week for business meeting out of state. Gave me her address. I drove there, kept the car running. Thought of finally loving her. Thought of my wife, what it would mean to me. By now I was atheist. Two to five minutes of thinking--I drove away. Never saw her again. Linda did--at Margie's dad's funeral around 1990. She drove by the cemetery. Saw Margie at her yellow Corvette, up from Florida. I've never stepped out on Linda since I met her in 1965 (and we did consummate our love 17 months later). Yet Linda has said that if I ever would do so she would want it to be with Margie.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Masterful handling of light here :nod:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Danny.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, the younger brother of my old Princess girlfriend. After their father died, this one he wanted.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sir, the most subtle, sweet angelic face, very lovely well done :love:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you miss Jasmin.
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cypherthepanicartist Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a briliant painting! You realy got somuch character in her face!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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NancyvandenBoom Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Wow, the light again...you have your way with light. Lovely! thanks for sharing!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome. And thank you.
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CHR0NIE Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
This looks like a photograph, job well done.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Chronie.
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Wonderful portrait! :clap:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, sir.
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
..............and this one is just spectacular...I could just lift her out of the frame!...........:iconwowplz:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Patricia. At least I know who owns this one.
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
You do?:D
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, the younger brother of my Princess girlfriend. After their father died, this one he wanted.
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
It's in a good place then!
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