Dorothy Rendell

Companionable silence

Dorothy had been suggesting she do my portrait for a while. It wasn’t something I was particularly keen to do as I don’t enjoy images of myself.

This particular sunny day found me with the time and Dorothy with the motivation.

I had work to do at home which I could do on my laptop and Dorothy decided that this was how I should be captured. I happy to sit still for once as busy in a spreadsheet or some other long forgotten task.

We sat in my conservatory. Dorothy’s choice as ‘the light was good there’.

We sat in mutual companionable silence while we both worked. It must have been at least two or three hours before one of us spoke.

Even Tisbury who was young, was happy to sleep peacefully on the sofa next to me.

I took a picture of Dorothy while she drew me.

We both noted that it was an extremely agreeable way to pass the time.

She did more than one drawing of me in this ‘sitting’ … this is the one I like the best.

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