May Journal Project Day 23
|Sketch for "My Sister's Shoes- 2001" MJP #23|
Last summer I wrote a blog post about my sister including an image of a painting titled "My Sister's Shoes." When I painted her portrait I was working on my master's degree. During that time I created many pieces inspired by old family photos. I was particularly drawn to ones where body language expressed the subject's mood or thoughts. In this photo my sister, Janis, is about four years old. I just loved her posture and attitude.
I also loved those shoes. I remember as a little girl how excited I was when I was old enought to pick out my own patent leather "mary jane's." They were so shiny and made wonderful sounds as I walked on the wooden floors in our house. They were a little to slick for running though. If the portrait had been of me there would have been bandages on both knees!
|"My Sister's Shoes" 2001 & planning sketch - I changed the position of the left arm to give her a little more defiant look. The dress is brown in the painting because I remember my granny had made us itchy ones in that color.|