Saturday, October 31, 2009

"Zora as A Fairy"

6"X6"
acrylic on hardboard
"Happy Halloween"
This is Zora as a fairy. I never got to go trick or treating as a kid, so I never appreciated Halloween until I became a mother. In my house Halloween marks the beginning of the holidays. This image is from a past Halloween. This year everyone went for the darker costumes. My little princess was determined to be a vampire this year complete with makeup. I managed to talk the others down from their original grim reaper costumes into ninjas. I already miss the good old days when girls were princesses and boys were superheros.
SOLD

Sunday, October 18, 2009

"Mama Sissy"

5"x7"
acrylic on hardboard

This is my grandmother in her youth she turned one hundred years old today. Wow one hundred years old. I can barely get my head around the number. As young children my siblings and I called her Two Mama because she was like our second mother. Most family members call her Mama Sissy, and to everyone else she’s known as Miss Sissy. Everybody in her small town knows her, and I guess they should considering she is 100 years old. Her real name is T.C. which simply stands for T.C.
She is history. She lost her two sisters to Tuberculosis in their twenties at the height of the TB epidemic in the US. I asked her once about The Great Depression. Her response was, “We called it the panic but it didn’t mean much to us because we were poor already so nothing really changed.” Her father was a moon shiner during prohibition, which I assume is how he was able to own land and a farm when everyone else were sharecroppers. She saw her husband drafted into WWII and return safely home.
She has never been accused of editing herself. Right, wrong, rude, or embarrassing, if she said it, that’s how she meant it. I found her hard to be around when I was younger, but as an adult I admire her greatly. I gave this painting to my mother.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Mitilda"

5"x7"
acrylic on hardboard
I am always fascinated with old family photographs. I guess I’m like a kid in the since that I can’t imagine many of my relatives as a younger version of themselves. When I looked at Aunt Matilda as this very young woman, I can’t help but wonder what her ambitions were, her hopes, and dreams. I am very pleased at the way this painting turned out. It was a treat to paint from start to finish.
SOLD

Monday, October 12, 2009

"Kenya"

"5x7"
acrylic on hardboard
I have been working on this painting for sometime now. I am glad I can finally post it tonight. How adorable if I may say so myself. I can never resist a cute kid with a great smile. Kenya has what my husband calls a whole face smile. I love the way I was able to capture the bronze glow of her face. I always say sunlight makes the best lighting. This painting is a perfect example of great lighting. I was really happy to get the high contrast in so many areas of the portrait.
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