Size 10x7 inches
It has definitely started to feel like springtime here lately. Plum and cherry trees in full bloom -- a profusion of pink and white petals snowing down past my windows with each gust of wind. I've had my office door open every day so that I can breathe the fresh air. It feels good after the closed windows through the rainy winter.
I finally got around to painting a picture of Claire, and though those flowers may look very "Spring", they were inspired by a photograph my mother-in-law Alice took on the day that Claire was born, back in November in her garden in New York.
It's been a long time since I have attempted a painting of a likeness, from a photograph. Whenever I use references for the most part it is just to determine how a tricky bit of anatomy works, or figuring out how the shading would fall, or creatures/plants that I'm not familiar enough with to draw the details of from memory. I rarely use a reference to paint exactly, so this was a bit of a challenge as well as being something fun.