Saw this wonderful view of Lisa & George sitting in the empty chapel and knew right then that I wanted to paint it. SOLD
When Carolyn’s daughter came to me with this idea…I have to admit I was not at all sure I could do justice to the good idea that she presented me.
I had 3 different photos, each at least 20 years apart, different quality, size and colour. Also different clothes styles vying for attention had to be downplayed.
Naturally I said yes, put the pictures up where I could see them and let them speak to me.
I chose to put her in sweaters that were common to all the generations. I also placed her at her oldest in the middle and tallest as that is when in life we finally feel like we know what we are doing and more in control over our destiny. SOLD
From a picture taken on a glorious day at the beach last summer.
I really enjoyed watching Ruby & Charlotte discover the little crabs, the squishiness of the sand and new playmates.
Taking the pictures was almost as much as painting them! SOLD
Oil, mainly done with a knife.
A picture of Amie (my first child) was taken when we were living in Manhurst and working at my husbands brothers farm (years ago!) and I finally decided to paint it but transposed it to a beach.
I like how it turned out!
Sam has a special place in my heart because I saw him being born and he was the first of the grandchildren.
Even though I had 5 children myself, it still was the most amazing thing to behold!
Painted in oils of course!
This was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in painting.
I started 3 times and then visited my old teacher and asked his opinion. He said, ” I would never do this…it’s hard enough to do one portrait, let alone 4″.
Well, they weren’t encouraging words, but I plowed on. It took a long time, and I got it done.
I could be happier, but I did the best I could at the time. You can only paint to the level that you are at. I learned a lot of things doing this commission.
Joe taught me a good lesson in that if people want a perfect resemblance, they should take pictures instead. A portrait is made to find the soul or personality of the person. I agree.
This is the first of a series that I want to do on Africa.
I have a great love for Africa because of the love I had for a special young man that stayed with us during a Canada World Youth exchange many years ago.
This is also a knife painting.
Miss White is a commission that I received from Saint John.
She was very difficult to do because I had quite poor pictures to use as reference. She had such a beautiful face, vibrant eyes and wonderful smile.
Hopefully they were happy with the results.