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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

" A Family Portrait: the Broadbent's"

This is my latest commission and a new idea. I painted it for my beloved sister and her family (4 daughters and husband, JR). A family portrait of sorts. It was such a pleasure to paint this and one of the interesting byproducts was thinking about her and her kids for about 50+ hours of painting. She picked out 4 dresses to represent her kids that were sentimental for different reasons. It was a stretch to paint anything masculine (the 3 ties), but I managed fine and tried to get that over with so I could get back to pearls and toile. It was really large for me at 30 x 60". A good exercise to force myself to go big, but quickly painted 3 small paintings afterward....big takes more brain energy. Thanks Alisa for a real art experience. I love when a painting feels like you have moved up to another plane (small as it may be). I hope to do some more of these.

9 comments:

Kate said...

This is a gorgeous painting!!! I love, love, love the idea of portraiture like this and I think you should definitely follow this up with more large scale paintings like this. It's so interesting how the different items of clothing interact and inform each other. I think you've hit on something big.

BrittanyLane said...

You do such a masterful job with edges in your paintings. Love it.

mmm said...

I love that idea. Maybe someday I will have you do one for us... :)

emily said...

Lucky sister! This is a beautiful painting. I love the idea and I love the details. Thanks for the link to your blog!

Frances said...

That is amazing! I love the untraditional family portrait.

Circe said...

Another masterpiece. Hey, I'm delighted you are as in love with Davis Sedaris as I am. I want to be his best friend. I love him!!! Is 3 exclamation marks too many? Not for David!!!

jensenfamily said...

It's Erin, and no, I will not mock you for obtaining a blog, for the peer pressure got to me as well - But I have no talent to show on mine, so at least yours has a purpose:) so glad to see more of your paintings - I still love the little one you gave me when Abby was born - hope you guys are doing great - we'll be in town over thanksgiving this year, so I hope you're not going anywhere, i would love to hang out - can you tell I'm already getting cabin fever after having this baby, I'm planning trips for the rest of the year:) hopefully see you soon~ erin

jensenfamily said...

ok, i just went to your website and couldn't believe how amazing your still life paintings are - whoda known~ LOVE them - could you paint one of me while I'm strung out, 20 lbs overweight and cranky? i think it would be an amazing painting:) Erin

chelsea b james said...

this painting is one of my favorites of yours. the composition works so well and i love the collaboration of objects. they feel like they interact intimately with each other.