Life’s Great Gift

isabelle-at-17

Today our bright and beautiful oldest granddaughter, Isabelle Tess, turns 17. It’s hard to believe that 17 years have passed in what seems like the blink of an eye, but the high school junior who gets her driver’s license today is surely proof. As any grandparent can tell you, it’s a remarkable privilege to be able to live to watch your children raise their children and the thrill of a lifetime to see them do it so well. We couldn’t be more proud. Happy birthday, Izzy!

My project in Florida continues, as I go on to complete the triptych I’ll be calling “Three Sisters,” with a portrait of Izzy & Maddie’s 8 year old sister, Cassie. I’ve written before about the intimate nature of painting someone’s portrait. You spend hours gazing at a face, trying to unlock the secrets of resemblance, and can’t help but feel a connection, even if you’re using a photograph, rather than painting a live model. Painting portraits has given me a much greater understanding of those artists throughout time who have fallen in love with their muses, but in my case, the love came first… 

Be Still My Heart

 

Lasa Grey

Lasa Grey

As any grandparent will tell you, grandchildren are life’s greatest gift, one of the few  experiences in which the reality exceeds your expectations.  I have been blessed with four beautiful granddaughters, Lasa Grey being the newest.

Mirror, Mirror | Izzy

Mirror, Mirror | Izzy

Mirror, Mirror | Maddie

Mirror, Mirror | Maddie

Completely besotted with all of my girls, I’ve painted them each several times over the years.  My favorite paintings of Izzy and Maddie show them looking at their own reflections in an old mirror at a playground in Nantucket, when Izzy was four and Maddie two. 

The portrait of Cassie in sunglasses at the beach is a reminder that she’s had attitude from the get go.

No Autographs, Please

No Autographs, Please