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I thought to myself, what sort of female don’t you see much of on DA in artwork?
Answer, little old ladies.
These three very senior DeviantArtists are having a small reunion.
Digitally painted using reference from :iconrustymermaid-stock: rustymermaid-stock.deviantart.…


When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other peoples' gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph

Fond regards to friends old and new :wave:
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suezn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2019
This is wonderful work! Heart 
ARTificialphanTOM Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They look like they're having a wonderful time. Great work.
MoonyMina Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for the smile on my face :)
poisen2014 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2019
amazing work Clap Clap 
Cadge63 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017
The middle one looks just like my Grandmother and the one on the left her Daughter, my aunt Perfect
Melalina Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautifully endearing.
1Rabbit Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dove-51 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You have been featured in my Journal. See [link] :heart:
KrissyV333 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student General Artist
lol amazing! XD
sametimenxtyr Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
I was reminded of the Red Hat Society also!!! This is precious!!! :giggle:
LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:wow: This is wonderful! :XD: :clap: :winner: :iconplusfav:
dove-51 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconpurpleflowerplz: The are really wonderful. I love all their hats. :iconpurpleflowerplz:
Renoira Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
I wonder if these old women also made deviant art. How delightful if they do!
groovyfeet Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
What a nice change, and perfectly matched to the poem. Great stuff :)
Irish-Mist Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
I love this! Good on ya for seeing "the gap". This is a delightful painting! Love your work in general. Being Sagittarius, I thought your depiction of that sign absolutely stunning! Greetings from South Africa. Continue working your magic!
JocelyneR Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010

This amazing work has been featured here: [link] .
Jasnette Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
I love that poem! I have a print of it in my bedroom to remind me.
This piece is perfect really, I love it
Rina8 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
the red hat society was founded beacuse of that poem :XD: your pic reminded me of it sooo much!
older people are always harder to draw, you did a great job :D
liadigital Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010   Digital Artist
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
So warm and whimsical -- very nicely done too!

Featured in my latest Journal, Spread Some DA Love, Part XV -- [link]
acornstwo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
This is fantastic!
notoriousgem42 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
another peacock feather!
NLTSculptor Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
If you want to see more "Old Ladies" on DA, come along over to my website! There I am, although I usually think of myself as an "older woman," not an "old Lady." Teddie's mother...
Zuboff Featured By Owner May 5, 2009   Digital Artist
Super! I like it!!!
Ravenclaw1 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Drag-on2 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Good girl ... YES ... when retired TRUE PERSONAL LIFE BEGINS .... Great .... Luck & Health
Angelia61 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: I love this image! :nod: :clap:
Ablackwind Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Gorgeous work! I love the colors and details especially the DA logo. It does bring the "Red Hat Society" to mind. :clap: :+favlove:
LoriVintage55 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
This is great, I especially love that it has the DA symbol on the thermos, nice touch! Kind of reminds me of me :lol:
CindysArt Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This wonderful work is featured here [link] :glomp:
burgundyribbon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009   Photographer
*squeals* I just love the Red Hat Society! >w< old ladies are so cute! :3
TheIcePixy Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Ah, this poem must have been the start of the Red Hat Society. I'm not sure if most people know about it, but where I live there is one. I used to work at a theater and once every year the Red Hat society would come and book a show. They were all cute old ladies wearing purple with red hats. It was awesome!
dxniela Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
ahaha...molto carino! :)
Mystik-Rider Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
wow! This is such a wonderful portrait! :clap:
louly Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Wonderful! I love the colours and composition. Superbly done!
AthenaTT Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
Wonderful, in idea, design and execution. Very well done indeed. Nice to see some AGE and Experience on dA!!!!!!
faithwalker Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Student Photographer
Totally outstanding!!
LizWymark Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
this is great! :clap:
LynTaylor Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Writer
Haha .. the red hat club! Love it! Just gorgeous :love:
NTGreen Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely love it! Can I be the one with the thermos and coat-of-stars (although my hair isn't quite that white yet :giggle:)? :hug:
CamraQueen Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
I love it, The feel of the 1900's with a modern day splash of color!
Fiorellalady Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Love it! Hot chicks drinking booze from a thermal container!! :D :heart:
Arribus Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008   Writer
this is SO cute! I love it. it was a nice change from the things you usually see. very well done.
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I would fave this over and over again. :heart:
ColonelLumiere Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Lovely models!
sn0we Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
It looks so serene and happy, I can really picture my actual Gran in this scene with some of her pals. :] I absolutely love it.
tweedle-bug Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Fantastic! i love these old ladies!
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