This painting is extremely special to me. Not because it's necessarily the most artistically genius thing I have ever done :) (Although I did arrange the composition and content from scratch!) But truly, It is special because it is my family in a painting and it was made for the head of that family, my daddy. I actually started this painting in mid-September. The original thought was to give this painting to my dad for his birthday. As I began to work on it, I realized that the amount of detail was going to require hours and hours of work (ended up being around 50 hours total.) That kind of effort just wasn't possible if the motivation behind it was simply a birthday gift, or even a Christmas gift...
While praying for my dad one morning, the Lord gave me this picture in my head of our entire family living in motion in our backyard. I felt that it was important to God that my dad knew that He was so proud of the man and the leader my dad had become, and that the fruits of his children were pleasing in His sight.
The Isaiah verse was found in my morning time a few days later. I knew I had to incorporate it!
Because I spent SO many hours on it, pretty much everyone except my dad knew I was working on this painting for him. It was a really epic moment when I finally gave it to him on Christmas Eve. I hope you enjoy looking at his reaction and studying the close up personalities of my spirited family :) Enjoy!
My dad and mom lovingly call my older sister, Jenny, my younger brother, DC, and me "phase 1" because they didnt have our younger brothers until 8 years after DC was born. Jenny, DC and I each love to DANCE! And if you look through our real Facebook pictures, you will probably find multiple photos capturing these specific dance moves.
Josh & Ellie, although 8 years apart, are pretty much partners in crime. They love playing together! The actual painted size of them is about 4 inches tall, so it was pretty difficult to get El's tiny little face, but she turned out...
Probably one of my favorite parts of this painting is Kira being mid-air because it implies motion and life. Luke often throws Kira high in the air, and she LOVES it. She's such an adventure woman. I paired DJ with Trip Lee, Jenny & Luke's new chocolate lab-Pit mix. Trip was this tiny when I started the painting and he is almost Harley's size now! I painted Harley with his left arm up and his wrist bent because ever since he was hit by a car a few years back, he often sits with all of his weight on his right arm.
Dc & his new bride, Vanessa got married one year ago this February. I love their relationship! They are still quick to flirt and laugh together, and it is obvious they really enjoy each other's company! Often DC is doing something really silly and rambunctious to make Vanessa burst into laughter, so I tried to recreate that.
I used a photo from our summer vacation to place my mom and dad on a bench in our backyard. I pictured them watching everyone and just enjoying the moment. My dad joked and said that he appreciated that I painted the top of his head with darker hair than he actually has right now :) As far as painting goes, I was probably the happiest with how Sammy turned out. She is such a faithful, pretty dog with high hind legs and cute strawberry blonde spots.
One other thing that was pretty neat about this project is the story behind the landscaping in the backyard. When I started the painting, I planned on painting the backyard pretty bare, with just the grass meeting the fence and a few trees. Well, during the months I worked on the painting my Dad actually pulled out all of the shrubs and bushes all along the fence and re-did the grass planting just a few palm trees. He had no idea, of course, about the painting! So what I had pictured in my head actually happened. Really neat! :)