Sunday, March 01, 2015

Memorializing Loved Ones Through Portraiture

This is a portrait of a lady who was very dear to me, my mother-in-law. She passed away five years ago but when I close my eyes I can still hear her gravelly voice and see her kind smile. Barb was gracious, beautiful and loving. I painted her portrait a few years ago but I was never happy with it. The reference photo I used was blurry and out of focus so the painting was too. Recently I came across a picture of her with one of the kids that was taken when they graduated from high school. This image was much clearer so I tried another painting and I think I succeeded in capturing some of her inner joy this time.

Barb  8"x10"
oil on canvas

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