5 x 7
acrylic on hardboard
I'm still raiding our family photo album. How can you resist this fabulous smile. It's larger-than-life. This is one of my grandfather's sisters. He came from a large family, having eight siblings. I wanted to be bold with the background, but that didn't work, so I went with a nice calm green. At least, it's not taking away from the portrait. I think I wrote before, how hard backgrounds were for me. I guess I'll try to be bold again next time. In the end I went with the soft green. I thought of the colors of my grandmother's bedrooms. When I was growing up, one was a soft pastel green. The other a soft pink. It always seemed dated and never changed. Then at the age of about eighty, she painted every room, and I do mean every room in her house white. When I went to visit and saw what she had done, I asked, who had helped her? She told me her niece, who was seventy years old at the time.