Sunday, November 18, 2012

November 18 - Jessica

Here is a painting I just did of my mother, Jessica. 

It is based on a photo taken of her in about 1965 when she was about 50 years old. We used the original photo in her obituary and on the mass booklet for her funeral. This interpretation has her wearing the yellow jacket my parents had at about that time. We all took turns wearing it - when we forgot to bring our own coats. 

I did  this painting because I somehow want to tie the two Emily Carr landscapes I am working on copying - to  Jessica's love of Emily Carr's writing and paintings.. Maybe I should try doing a portrait of the young Emily to balance out this collection? A portrait of each of these remarkable women on each side of the two landscapes - with some wording to explain the connection....

I haven't ever painted a portrait before and my initial under painting was way off - but the final picture isn't too bad. I think it's actually recognizable and impressionistic. A happy thing to do to remember my mother. 

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