What’s In a Face?

Native American girl holding a baby owl, acrylic, 8×10″.  The painting is still available for sale.  This is from an old photo (I mean really old, like from the early 1900’s).  I was compelled to paint her because I was captivated by her expression.  She is clearly dressed up — maybe to have the photo made.  But I would really love to know what is happening here.  What could she possibly be thinking?  I invite your thoughts!


About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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3 Responses to What’s In a Face?

  1. julie70 says:

    To me, she seems conflicted, maybe a little sad. Maybe it is time to release the owl back to the wild, and her heart aches over letting something go that she has nurtured and raised?


  2. Select Ann says:

    That is just what I was thinking…
    The owl is finally well enough to go back to his home and she is sad.


  3. Anonymous says:

    LOVE this, there is so much wisdom in the young girls face, you captured the human essence in this portrait!


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