I admire and enjoy this studio photograph of my mother, probably taken while she was at University or at her graduation from Aberdeen University. That is just a guess, but she us certainly quite young, and I think she wore her hair short for most of her married life. She may have been just leaving secondary school, and just looking very mature & sophisticated!
Challenged by a wonderful book of drawings by many different artists, and by Maureen Piper, I decided to try my hand at a drawing from this photo. I did not get the angle right, she is smiling too much, and I can see other flaws, but I rather like my drawing anyway :-) I have not seriously tried to draw portraits at all, and have been uninterested/unwilling to try. But maybe once in a great while, I can manage one that appeals to me. Maybe next an older Mother, the one that I really knew.