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Amanda Portrait Day 27 – Watercolor – Modeling on the Boat

Amanda and I like to go shopping. A lot. Well, I like it better than she does. I have spent literally years dressing her, going back to the days when she was in school and had cool new clothes every … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 26 – Angel Bears

After Dad died, my friend Cindy gave Amanda and me a set of angel Beanie Baby bears. We named the bears Blaine and Elaine after our parents, and took them to Girl’s Day Out with us. I think Amanda looks … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 23 – Like a Prayer

This ethereal photo of Amanda was taken on her birthday. We had a Girl’s Day Out and she was served a free cake, complete with candle, at the restaurant. I told her to, “Make a wish!” and she immediately put … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 22 – Lunch with the Cast of “Friends”

On her Bucket List, Amanda included, “Lunch with the cast of ‘Friends.’” She added, “They are probably all vegetarians. Except Courteney Cox. She probably eats meat.” So today’s portrait of Amanda includes the whole ‘Friends’ cast. I’m sure Amanda is … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait – Day 21, Watercolor and Kindergarten Story

This is how Amanda looked when my parents tried to mainstream her in the public school system. She started kindergarten with the other local kids…. Until she had an unfortunate run-in with her teacher. The following is an excerpt from … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait, Day 20 – Watercolor – I wish I knew what she was singing!

Before she was old enough to even talk very well, Amanda was singing. ┬áMy mom snapped a Polariod of her ate age two, singing into a jump rope, with one shoe on and the other foot bare. The picture pretty … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 19 – Watercolor

This is how the days trickle past. In two more days it will be three weeks since I have started painting Amanda. It is easy to neglect those who love you. Don’t let your life slip by without sharing bits … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait – Day 18 – Profile, 2 – And Dad

On this day in 2013, my dear Dad breathed his last — and left a wake of pure chaos. Apparently, he was the one policing factor that kept family members behaving at least somewhat like human beings. Unfortunately, his kids … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait, Day 17 – Profile

This was one of my favorite early photos of Amanda. I was trying to be like a real photographer and she would oblige me by posing. I told her to go to the window and look out, and this was … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 16 – Down Syndrome in Black and White

Once in awhile Amanda and I like to hang out at the DeTour Harbor. We walk out on the dock and watch the freighters go by. Mostly, Amanda likes to pose for pictures. I have a lot of memories of … Continue reading

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