“The Step Sitters”

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

Purchase: contact me for details

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10 Responses to ““The Step Sitters””

  1. anne slifkin

    This is wonderful! To me, it seems like a whole new level in your painting. You must have stopped your first efforts because you were waiting til now to do this picture justice.

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    • terryfreemark

      That’s such a nice way of looking at it, Anne. This is much more saturated that my usual style, but I think it’s effective.

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  2. joani1

    Glad you tried it again, Terry, because it’s really great! Have you’re cousins gotten to see it? I’m sure they would be thrilled with the painting you’ve done.

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    • terryfreemark

      I will be showing to the older girl in the photo. My younger cousin, unfortunately, has passed away. But I really felt tapped in to many childhood memories with them while painting this.

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  3. Lorraine Brown

    How lovely this is Terry, and they say timing is everything and you have proved that waiting and doing again when the time is right pays off.

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  4. Sherry Schmidt

    Wow, how neat Terry – the painting’s story and your story about it. It turned out just beautifully after all. I just love that look in the older girl’s eyes.

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    • terryfreemark

      She did have a certain intensity, Sherry. Ironically, she has a great sense of humor; her sister, not so much! Thanks for looking.

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  5. Aymará

    You got a beautiful painting, as always. But the best thing is that this time you turned a family picture into a great artwork. I’m glad you could also enjoy of nice childhood memories in the way.
    Kisses, Terry =D

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