Sisters on canvas

This is the painting I did for my mum. It is based on a photo of my sister and I, circa 1982. My sister is the cheeky monkey on the right.

I would love to say that painting this was a piece of cake, but there was some difficulty.. At some point, luckily, I realised that I was the problem. Because I wanted it to be Exactly Like The Photo and I just couldn’t capture that. So I kept re-doing areas, which would then make other areas look ‘off’. But then I had the ‘eureka’ moment and simply told myself to stop thinking so much (= judging myself!) and just get on with it, and I think it did the trick.

I still didn’t capture the photo Exactly. But that is ok, because my mum loved it and said that it was better than any present I could have bought for her. So I guess I must have got it kinda right. ;-)

Definitely not the last portrait-y painting I’ll do. Painting a portrait is a crazy and amazing thing, because you have to sort of get under the skin of the person. Especially challenging when the subject is yourself or someone you know well…

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4 Comments

  1. January 22, 2010 / 7:58 am

    The girls look alive and ready to pop out of the canvas. No camera could capture that. Your mother is a lucky woman.:)

  2. January 23, 2010 / 8:44 am

    That is so beautiful! The more I see of your paintings the more I realise how talented you are. Thanks for sharing

  3. January 24, 2010 / 1:20 pm

    Thank you all very much! :-)

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