A couple of weeks back I shared Day 2 of this incredibly special oil portrait. Here it is fully complete...
My stunning mother on her wedding day!
I had only a 1960's black and white photo for reference, so I retained the period black and white feel. Regardless, I was struck by her dewy skin, slender figure and most of all the pure joy and love radiating from her being. Her dress was absolutely stunning, worn previously by a model on the runway, which she was able to purchase at a discount as a result. I remember sneaking into the special closet in the attic with my sister when we were little to marvel over this gorgeous wedding gown where it hung safely stowed away alongside many other beautiful pieces from my mother's young adult life... from the pale yellow polka-dotted gown with matching wide yellow sash to her suede wrap mini-skirt and fur ski-vest. She was certainly a fashion plate in her day.
To paint my mother as a twenty-three year old bride enabled me to see life through those eyes, through her eyes as a young woman. Beautiful. Talented. In love. Happy. I saw my sister in her face, in those eyes, in her smile - the way their upper lips shift across their beautiful teeth. I felt my Dad's love for her, his pride in marrying this exquisite creature, and their excitement for the adventure of the unknown. It was like traveling in time and space, inhabiting the hearts and minds of all my family! There truly isn't another experience quite like painting a portrait. And this was one incredibly special piece I'll treasure forever.
I love you, Mommy.
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