Tuesday, April 3, 2007

City Hall Bride, oil, 6x12

This painting was done from my mother's wedding photo. She was married in a small civil ceremony in the early 50's. Her only 'wedding photo' was a little snapshot in a tiny book like they used to bind them. Black and White. I painted it and was happy with everything but her face. So I spent one entire day repainting and repainting it. Today I adjusted the background and a couple of other things and attempted her face again. After a dozen (or more) wipe-offs, I said to myself "This is NOT my mother!" and voila - well, it's not my mother, but it's her outfit and stance. And it's a human. Which is more than I can say of some of the efforts! :)
This is now hanging in the Wesport Rivers Show through September 10.



Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love it. The face is beautiful even if it isn't your Mom.

Pilan said...

this is a wonderful nostalgic looking painting. awesome brush strokes!!

Paula said...

Painting nerd that I am, what I really love about this painting is the perspective of her right arm (on the left of the painting). I found myself really studying that section of the painting for awhile...go figure. Anyway, I like her dress, I would wear it now. Even if it does not look like your mom, you've got to know that she loves the effort!

Kelley MacDonald said...

Thanks Mary & Pilan. Paula - we are on the same page - it's my absolute FAVORITE part of this painting - I keep looking at it and saying "how'd I do THAT?" :)