|"Fresh as Spring"|
|"Pretty in Pink" (watercolor, 17" x 12")|
|My daughter with spring flowers|
As you may remember, I was taking pictures for the future watercolor floral projects when my daughter popped into the still life setting. A Facebook fan of mine who saw the above picture asked me whether I would paint from it. My answer was "probably not." But the question reminded me of an old watercolor painting of mine--"Fresh as Spring".
The same thing happened at that time too. I was taking pictures of hyacinths in the kitchen when my daughter, then a little girl, suddenly leaned on the table. Instead of yelling at her to get out of the picture, I laughed and took another picture. I liked the impromptu photo so much that I painted from it. She was about the same age (three) when she posed for "Pretty in Pink" at a rose garden in Portland, Oregon. Isn't she cute? She is the love of my life.
I wonder if you have noticed something interesting. Toddlers and preschoolers are not self-aware, generally speaking, so they act and smile naturally in front of the camera. By the time they start school, the kids start making faces when they are told to smile at the camera. If you are thinking of commissioning an artist (not me; I don't do portrait commissions) to do your young child's portrait, don't wait too long!