20 x 24
Oil on Canvas
I have been working on this piece for a long time. I first painted the source a few years ago and always loved the position of the little girl, Vivian, and her favorite stuffed animal, Miss Sweetieheart. Once the painting was done...Vivi visited again and I saw her looking at her portrait...holding Miss Sweetieheart in the same way. I just love the scene. I have painted Vivi many times...in ballerina outfits, with sunglasses on, in different costumes...She is a wonderful model. She takes direction well and always gives me a wonderfully soulful look on her face. I have had this picture for a long time and I always come back to it...so a few months ago I began. I wanted it to look like she was in the studio checking out a portrait of herself. I mocked up a studio scene and placed Vivi and the painting in it. The painting has gone through quite a few iterations but I am happy with it now.
This is one of the paintings of Vivi and Miss Sweetieheart. This one is a tiny 6 x 6. Happily it found a good home!
The lesson I learned...the lesson I keep learning is to never compromise. Keep trying different color combinations, change the composition, be open to whatever the painting needs to be successful. I worked on this piece on and off for months reworking every part of the piece. I know there are many who would encourage me to do thumbnail sketches, paint a small sketch of the piece and work out any issues before I begin a painting. I have done that many times...but find when I begin the larger piece I change my mind. So I will keep working on my process...keep working on my artwork...