Danni Dawson, my portrait painting teacher, gave the class an assignment for the spring break--either a large still life or a 3-4' full-length portrait in outdoor setting. The operative word was BIG. I considered painting a self-portrait, because I have a perfect reference photo. But where do I hang a 40"-long painting?
Then, I thought of the picture of spring flowers with my darling daughter in the background that I took three years ago. Get two birds with one stone, as it is both a still life and an outdoor portrait! How big? A 24" x 30" or a 22" x 28" canvas would make the girl's face larger than life size; do I want to see it day in day out in the family room, no matter how much I love my baby?
So I settled on a 18" x 24" canvas, with a 6 1/2"-long head of my daughter. It took many sessions to finish the portrait/still life. The subject, my husband, and myself are all happy with it. We'll see what Danni has to say about the painting.
By the way, why did I title the painting "Primavera"? Because it is about spring--the season and the phase in a life!