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.