I’ve been challenging myself to do a weekly painting and this week decided to do a portrait of my Mom. Mom at the Point is inspired from a photo taken by my boyfriend at the time during our family vacation at St. Simon’s Island years ago. I’ve always loved this photo because it captured a side of my Mom that I loved. She took pride in her skill at canoeing which she had learned as a Campfire girl. She had been a tomboy growing up and it showed whenever we were out in nature.
In this picture she was about the age I am now, she let her hair turn grey; she was never vain or overly obsessed with her looks. In that way she was a good role model for her daughters. Mom grew up in Staten Island, New York and compared to my friends’ moms, she didn’t have a lot of the fears or dependence that the southern women of her class had at that time. As an adult looking back at her example, I see that she helped me have a spirit of adventure when I traveled with a similar faith that she had.
In the painting above, Mom has a crab net and is canoeing over to the Point which was a spot where we went to crab at low tide. When I painted this crab below I wrote about our yearly summer beach trip where we had such fun crabbing, clamming and fishing. Here is there is the link to the earlier post: Into the Sea
Woman with Dove and Lilies is my most recent painting. I’ve worked on it off and on throughout this rainy week. It’s pouring now as I write. Next week they say the sun will be coming back, I think everyone here in Atlanta is more than ready for that. I’ll put this print up in my Circles Round the Sun Etsy Shop under my portrait section. I’m off now to start a new painting, hope all are enjoying the weekend!
Autumn Buddha is my most recent painting. A friend lent me her Buddha statue that she inherited from her mother-in-law, along with the her prayer beads which drape his shoulders. I like the soft and peaceful look of this Buddha statue. This is the second painting I’ve made of the statue.
Here in Georgia the fall colors are just getting started but I have been seeing many gorgeous images of fall scenes from Aquamosh’s Blog, a photography blogger that I follow. The rich warm colors of the fall images are just breathtaking. In this new painting I decided to play with those rich colors for the Buddha’s background.
I’ve done several Buddha paintings most of which I used a carved wooden Buddha statue from Thailand as the model. We bought the statue because it reminded us of our Southeast Asia travels. We visited many ancient temple ruins in park like settings. I loved walking among the massive stone Buddhas sitting peacefully in the landscape. I’ve tried to portray the serenity I felt there in my Buddha paintings. Prints of all my Buddhas are available in my Circles Round the Sun Etsy Shop.
Last Christmas I gave my twin sister the first print of my painting Young Mary. I had painted three Mother Mary’s that fall, and this was her favorite. She felt this painting captured Mary’s strong spirit. She must have been strong in her faith to listen to her visions and believe that she was carrying God’s son. In this painting I wanted to capture the look of the Renaissance period paintings with her golden halo and trim. The roses symbolize her loving spirit.
The sun rise was gorgeous this morning while I was driving my daughter to her last day of school prior to winter break. It felt like an early Christmas present. Tomorrow marks the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year here in the Northern hemisphere. I’m ready for the sun to start returning and the new year to begin when I’ll have more time to paint. Wishing all a very light filled holiday season!
Fall is in the air here in Atlanta. It’s cooling down and the trees are just beginning to turn, the colors warming up. Soon the landscape will be lit with brilliant warm hues. I used these warm colors in my new painting, Girl with Young Doe, the second in my series of children. I’m pleased with her, portraits are getting easier for me, practice makes perfect as they say. I wanted to project a young women who is innocent as the doe yet clear about who she is and in touch with the natural environment that surrounds her.
I think some of my best paintings have been the one’s when I paint with love in my heart. I painted George Washington’sPortrait in memory of my Mom. It was fun to paint while thinking about her. Mom was very patriotic; she loved American history and early American antiques. I have many childhood memories of our family driving out to the small towns that dotted the countryside and spending what seemed like eternity waiting around at antique shops while my mom shopped. Our house was filled with antiques that she had picked up over the years.
My twin sister and I were born the day after George Washington’s birthday on February 23rd. Every year not only did I have to share my birthday with my twin, but also with him. Our birthday party themes always centered around George Washington. There was the cake with pink frosting and cherries. Little papier mache hatchets; tree stumps; George Washington busts; and miniature red, white, and blue drums adorned the dining room table. In my twenties I was pretty angry about that. Years later, now that I am a mom too, I realize how creative my Mom was and how it must of been fun and enriching for her to do. So this painting is a thank you to my Mom for her creative example and her taking time to follow her own passions. I like the way he looks just a little bit conflicted. Happy President’s Day!