Sunday, January 3, 2016

I Do Believe

                                   "Juliet", 40x30", oil on gallery wrap canvas

Here's the reference photo and the start of the painting. I didn't want her arm to be cutoff 
like the photo, so the hand and arm were created from my imagination which is not easy. 
The hand had to be scrapped off and repainted three times.

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." — Albert Einstein

Meet our beautiful little 6-year-old granddaughter, Juliet. This enchanted little spirit exists in a magical realm all her own.  

A true fairy princess, as most days she can be found spun amongst multiple layers of pink taffeta ruffles and netting dotted with sparkles and glitter. Her blonde tresses interwoven with jeweled crowns of leaves, flowers and butterflies, while sequined slippers hug her feet like Cinderella's gracing the ballroom floor. I watch spellbound as she sings and dances in her miniature fairy kingdom built among rocks and bushes in an outdoor garden along side of the backyard pool. She spins in a perpetual wisp of delight picking flowers for trolls and fashioning gifts of shells and moss for a local elf.  

Oh to be young again and see through the eyes of a child where life is an ongoing adventure in a never-ending secret land of enchantment and discovery. What was it that made us stop seeing? 

My painting was from a simple snap shot of her playing outside with the sun bouncing rays off the blondness of her sprite self. I hope that in some way it will always be a reminder to her of the uniqueness and wonder seen through her eyes and harbored in her soul. May she never forget or stop believing.

I do believe, I do believe, I do believe... 

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