Gazing on the exquisite face of the late Margaret Olley I felt joyful. It’s not often I have a chance to linger on such an image after reading a news story. An elderly woman, her face is animated. Not just by her expression, but by her natural colourings, marks and lines. I don’t know about you, but my digital world doesn’t offer many images of women like this. My real world does though, and I am grateful. Additionally, the news story also had a photo showing a life drawing model. An older woman, naked, grey hear and soft spreading body. Margaret Olley’s Last Gift to the National Art School The Sydney Morning Herald. Photo of Margaret Olley by Quentin Jones, photo of life drawing class by Janie Barrett, story by Linda Morris

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