Sweet Violet, 12x12, Acrylic. 2016.
Inspiration: Violet's Instagram Feed
Snack Eaten: Cheeze-Its
Listened To: Stars Over Sunset Boulevard, Susan Meissner and LaCrae
My brother and sister-in-law's family is impossible to buy for. Mainly because they have impeccable taste. Oh, and they pretty much have all the things. But knowing that my sister-in-law Holly is an art lover (as well as the accomplished Interior Designer mastermind at The English Room blog), I figured that I could paint them a portrait of one of their kids. I mean how do you say "oh I hate that picture of my cute kid?" I am brilliant.
So I scoured their children's Instagram feeds and fell in love with a selfie-video. Let me tell you, trying to paint a portrait from a video where the hair is blowing in the wind is...well...challenging. It involves lots of screen shots. And trying to remember just which screen shot you were using for the hair and which for the sunglasses and which for the bathing suit. And then trying to remember to give your niece a neck because it was different in each screen shot. But I do love the way I was able to capture the movement of the beach wind and how it plays up her youth, fun loving spirit, and simple coolness that comes with being a gem of a girl.