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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

First Up!

"Cousins"  8"x8"
Today is the the first day of Leslie Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge" and here's my first daily painting.  Five figures in a few hours on an 8"x8" canvas was probably biting off a little much for the first day, but I've been wanting to paint this since Thanksgiving when this picture was taken of 5 of my nieces! 
In that small space, it's impossible for me to capture Sara Beth's beautiful smile; Laura's gorgeous brown eyes; Rebecca B.'s thick, incredible blond curls; Rebecca S.'s sweet little rosebud lips; or Kat's soft brown curls framing her lovely heart-shaped face....but I hope I've been able to capture their gesture which is so much a part of who we are and what we look like. 
I love my girls!  I know their parents just love it when I call them "my girls" when I didn't birth them or raise them.....but, boy, do I love them as much as any aunt can!  They are beautiful inside and out!


deborahdesigns said...

Barbara, I think you captured the feeling of the group so well. I can't imagine how you did on such a small canvas. bravo!!

Carrie said...

How lovely, Barbara!! Love the feel of this painting, you can feel the love!

Barbara said...

Thanks, y'all! They are close knit group of girls and I am just so proud of them!