Tuesday, March 24, 2009
My 11 year old saw that I received a couple of samples when I ordered ArtBoard for the first time. ArtBoard gave me four 2"x3" boards with different finishes [gesso, oil primed linen, Arches Hot Press and Acrylic primed cotton]
She took one of the samples and asked if I would paint something for her. She didn't know the name of the flower but after describing it and looking for it on Google images, we confirmed it was a calla lily. She was very explicit about describing the color background, the certain lily image she wanted the bloom in and how she wanted the stem to gently bend to the right. I suggested one composition and she shook her head vigorously "no". This young lady knows exactly what she wanted.
I painted this lily and when I asked if this is what she wanted. She studied the painting for a few moments and then asked, "why is this purple?" pointing at the shadow at the top of the bloom. I explained I wanted to show the shadow and thought the dark purple would be good for this. She thought about it and then indicated she was satisfied with the painting. I'm grateful this young lady knows exactly what she wants and is determined not to settle for anything less. I'm also grateful this painting was not any bigger than a couple of inches. I just pity the boyfriends she'll be involved with in the [hopefully far] future.
oil on 2x3 inch oil primed linen on ArtBoard