Tuesday, July 28, 2009

mother and child

This is another larger painting that I have been working on. I was really happy with the way it just almost painted itself.  Working with babies is virtually impossible to do from life. This was a photo that I took a couple of years ago.  I spent many years painting portraits at an amusement park and festivals around town.  This involved all ages sitting for thirty minutes or more. Many times I was painting a baby in the mother's lap while the proud father tried to coax a smile.  I never quite understood why anyone would want their baby's portrait painted because the child changes so quickly as they grow month to month. 
With this painting, I think the interaction between the mother and child is what it's all about.  The relationship is forever rewarding.