Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mirth

Not for sale.
14x11" Oil on Stretched Canvas

As I was painting "Yellow Roses", I received an email from my friend, Henry, who offered some friendly advice regarding my painting subjects:
                   "More faces,
                     Fewer vases."
Here you go, Henry . . .
About three years ago, I did a photo shoot with my mother.  She had been visiting from Dallas for a couple of weeks and was about to fly back home.   I sat Mom by a window with strong indirect light and proceeded to take pictures - about 40 in all.  Her expression changed according to the subject of our conversation.  She became sad when she spoke of my father, with whom she shared 50 years of marriage until he passed away a few years back.  My sister called in the middle of the shoot, and I put her on speaker phone while I continued snapping photos.  At the time, Mom was living with my sister.  Our conversation became friendly bantering about who was Mom's favorite daughter.  Of course, I was the favorite in that moment in time because I was treating her like a movie star, not to mention the two weeks of pampering, shopping, pedicures and such!  I painted this portrait from a photo that was taken during that conversation with my sister.  I will post it on http://dailypaintworks.com as part of the "Paint an Emotion Challenge".  My mother was 79 at the time and is now 82.  I knew I had captured her likeness when I saw the twinkle in her eyes!

7 comments:

Julie Ford Oliver said...

I can tell by the painting you love your mother and she is relaxed with you. Lots of wonderful vibes going on here. She looks like a fun person and the painting quality is exceptional.

Pamela Nichols said...

Thank you, Julie. I found myself returning her smile while I painted. My daughter was sitting with me in my studio during this session. At one point, she looked up from her computer and said, "Grandma is on Facebook right now!" More smiles.

Teressa Sliger said...

How wonderful! Thank you for sharing what is obviously and very special moment in your life. How you captured that moment on canvas is a testament to your talent and love for your mother. Thank you for sharing.

Margaret S Milligan said...

This is a wonderful portrait of your mother, she is so relaxed, how lucky you are.. and well done!

Jane said...

What a beautiful portrait of a beautiful lady, great expression !

Tammie Dickerson said...

I love the emotion portrayed here! So much love and familiarity swirling around in this! You have captured an intimate moment between mother and daughter - and painted it beautifully :)

Randall Cogburn said...

Nice to be able to have moments like that. I agree with your mom Pamela, more faces :)

~Randall