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© Karen Lynn Link, Henry and Henry, acrylic on canvas, 38" x 23”.

Greetings and salutations,

With Father's Day approaching, I wanted to switch over to the portraits in Family-isms that have to do with my dad and his family. Etta, my dad's mother, was the first in the series and I started off with her to celebrate Mother's Day. You can read about the portrait of her in my blog here.

This is one of my favorite portraits. I painted this from a colorized black and white souvenir photo from a trip my Great Uncle Henry took to Ft. Worth, Texas. Also in the photo with him is another gentleman named Henry.

From the original photograph, the upper two-thirds that included the balloon, basket and most of the sky was painted stage props while the bottom city scene was a photograph. As to how the two images were combined there are many ways to achieve this. My guess is that people stepped out on to a ‘balcony’ of sorts that was the balloon's basket with the photo of Ft. Worth being in the frame closer to the camera or printed on a backdrop behind the ‘balcony’.

From current street maps, the large building with the clock tower is the Tarrant County Courthouse. The cross street in front of the courthouse is E. Weatherford Street. Each subsequent cross street towards the viewer is 1st Street then 2nd Street and so forth. The viewer is looking down Main Street that dead ends into the courthouse. Main Street divides east from west on the numbered streets. The viewer is looking north and the sun is fairly low in the western sky based on shadows on the water tower and the courthouse. One of the most interesting things about the photographic portion at the bottom is that there are no people nor cars on the street. No sign of life at all.

The back of the photo only listed the names of the people in the photograph not which one was which. So at this time we don’t know which is Henry the relative or Henry the friend.

How do you think the original photo was created? Do you or your family have these type of souvenir photos. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Take care and have a beautiful day,

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