Grace Kelly – A Portrait

Grace Kelly, Actress, b: 12 November 1929 – d: 14 September 1982

Grace Kelly is arguably one of the most iconic of movie stars and still retains a magical quality that matched her later life as a princess. There is so much beauty in her face, which strangely combines both strength and vulnerability. The movie ‘Grace of Monaco’, starring Nicole Kidman, is released today and reminded me of a portrait that I had done of Grace Kelly ‘many moons ago’.
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I drew this mono-pointillism (building the picture up by-hand with very small dots of ink) illustration in the early 1990’s, because I was amazed at the quality of this photograph of Grace. This illustration was framed along with several other portraits of movie stars, that I had drawn applying this drawing technique. They were exhibited on a rather grand staircase in Liverpool.  One of the viewers later told me that she thought I had, somehow, captured the essence of Grace’s haunting beauty in the picture and that she had been moved to tears when she saw it. It’s comments, such as these, that made all of those long hours, doing dot-after-dot, so very worthwhile…

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11 thoughts on “Grace Kelly – A Portrait

  1. Thanks Karen. It’s lovely comments like yours and the ones from the other ladies, above, that makes all of the effort seem worthwhile. I did these illustrations years ago. I often wonder if I would have the patience to do this kind of illustration now… Take care of yourself. x

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