These two young girls are my second cousins. I was inspired to paint them from an old black-and-white family photo that must be at least 60 years old. I had started this painting about a year and a half ago but put it down, as I was unhappy with my effort. All my pigments were applied with little attention to values or contrast, and I gave up on the background, and the entire painting. Fortunately, I did not toss it or use it for scrap. I was sorting through my old stuff earlier in the week and found this gem. I still loved their poses and expressions, and felt re-invigorated to put my brush to the paper again. I’m glad I did – by adding more saturated hues and shadows, there is an intimacy here that I am very happy with.
Image size: 11 x 14 inches
Matted: yes (matted size 16 x 20 inches), in white
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