A Family Portrait with a Little Different Twist

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One of our long time collectors contacted us with a special request. He wanted me to paint a portrait of his family. But not the usual photographic likenesses, the twist was to design a composition based on the Chinese symbol of the year of their birth. What a cool idea! This is one of the main reasons I love collaborating with our collectors, it makes me think out of the box.

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Mom and one of the sons were born in the year of the horse. A Mare and foal was the perfect solution. Dad is a Rooster, the other son a Rabbit. Ted loved the initial sketch, now I draw the basic plan up on the canvas in a thin oil wash.

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Since Jennifer is a Texan I’m putting a couple of massive Live Oak Trees in the distance.

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She also loves Sunflowers and Bluebonnets so both will be incorporated into the landscape.

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We’re all sketched up! We’ll begin painting in our next session. Thanks for following my blog. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

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