I guess it’s pretty ridiculous to use a title like Boo-Yah!! with a catagory like Fine Art, but that’s how I feel about what I got done yesterday. Ever since we got here I’ve been trudging over to this canvas and sighing at it. I haven’t felt the gumption to do anything with it. But yesterday, even with my son knocking at the door and not resting, I was able to knock out the hardest part of the portrait. I have not painted someone of color before. I’m kinda ashamed of that, but there’s a first time for everything, no worries. It was harder than I thought! There are so many colors in skin tone, I think that’s where many people fail. I can’t say that this looks exactly like my cousins daughter, Eliana, but I think I nailed the glowing beauty of her skin.
Of course, this piece is very far from being done. I want to find a way to push Sara (Eliana’s mom) to the background a bit, and give Eliana ground to sit on. I also will do bunches of stuff with the negative space to communicate the amazing gift of adoption. Not just parents and children, but the adoption that we have because of Jesus. Tall order huh? I’m just excited I finally got some paint on canvas. It’s been an artistic constipation of sorts. whew! glad it’s out.