Happy belated birthday, Oma! I think this is done. The girls helped by gessoing the board and painting the flowers. They also helped with many critiques.
We painted a little apple with a very tarnished silver cup that I bought on eBay.
This is inspired by the beautiful paintings of Barbara Kacicek, http://barbarakacicek.blogspot.com/, and based on an image by Antonio Gillo posted at sxc.hu. My thanks to both artists. I thought this would be straightforward but found myself lost in fluffy mounds of pink and blue and gray.
I did some more painting with the girls yesterday. I ended up trimming a few inches off the right side of my to improve the composition. I’m happy with the pink reflection on the plate.
My daughters and I have continued with still life paintings. Here are a couple more from this week. My youngest daughter is finally getting some representation.
This week my daughter has asked to paint a still life with me every morning after breakfast. Painting with the girls (six and two) feels more like juggling, but we’ve gotten brush mileage out of it, and it’s been a lot of fun. I’m happy with how this last one turned out. I love watching the girls mix colors. Here are some of the paintings we made.
This is from a photo taken last fall in Rocky Mountain National Park. I wish I knew the names of the mountains. This was facing east, on the road from the main northern entrance. I like this new synthetic brush. The hog bristle brushes I was using weren’t holding their shape well with water soluble oils. I may touch up and simplify the green-gray part if the meadow.