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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sweet Tea (formerly 'Precious') ~ WIP 2





 Notice the title change? All the sisters have been discussing the final title for this family portrait and Holly won with 'Sweet Tea'. Congratulations, Holly!

This is also the final sketch (hopefully). I'm pleased with it but I will probably get some feedback as most of the women represented in this portrait are watching my progress via this blog.




Each little girl is represented by something she is either associated with now (as an adult) or as a child.
  • Angie - the oldest at 12. She was the 'little mother' so she sits at the head of the table and pours the tea. She also loves grapes hence the bowl of grapes in front of her.
  • Marie - 11 years old. One of the family artists so she wields the paint brush.
  • Rita - 10 years of age. She loves bangles and necklaces and as a child, was the one that brought smiles and laughter to the others.
  • Louise - age 9. She is represented as smiling and happy with bouquets of flowers.
  • Holly - age 8. She was very close to Louise as a young child so she sits, picking flowers for her. There's a funny story behind the dragonfly on her hat but that will be left as a private joke.
  • Katherine - age 6. She was the littlest because of health issues so she gets the most cookies.
  • Eva - age 5. Poor little thing is trying to say grace at a tea party!
  • Melinda, the baby -  Hand on the cat. What baby doesn't like the feel of cat 'purr'?
  • The Cat - This kitty will eventually become a tuxedo cat. Black with a white 'bib'.
P.S. I've added the closeups to better show detail.

9 comments:

Jeanette said...

Gosh, a big undertaking but such an interesting commission to do.

Your research has paid off and the composition and explanation is wonderful.

I'll look forward to seeing how this evolves. Great stuff!

Billie Crain said...

This has been the biggest challenge I've taken on to date, Jeanette. Hours of online searching for references, looking mostly for children in the correct positions. I finally had to resort to putting the head of one child onto the body of another, etc. There's a lot of 'winging it' going on, too. I got a call from my client last night giving me the green light to start painting. She loved the final sketch. *whew*

renate said...

Hi Billie:) I knew you could do this. The sketch is beautiful. Very well done! Love the hats the girls wear. Good luck on the painting. I can't wait to see it:)

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Renate.:) And thanks so much for your support!

WheelerGirl said...

Yes, Thank you for doing this for me, and I can't wait to see the finished product either--but take your time since this is a challenge! Katherine

Billie Crain said...

It has been my pleasure, Katherine.:) I plan to take my time and do the best possible job I can.

WheelerGirl said...

"WOW, what a pleasant surprise! The sketch is so much fun, it brings a smile, nostalgia, and love to the table! The title is sweet too. (ha ha), thanks, Holly



Billie Crain said...

Was this comment from Holly, Katherine? If so, tell her thank you for me.:)

Billie Crain said...

Was this comment from Holly, Katherine? If so, tell her thank you for me.:)