Friday, May 3, 2013

Focusing on Life :: Abstract View

My take on Sally's prompt this week for Focusing on Life is using a large painting that my now teenager painted in Kindergarten. She was asked to paint someone in her life for a school project, so she painted me. 

I love the large green eyes (yes my eyes are green). And lips that seem to consume my face. Or perhaps the 'jug' ear off to one side. I call it her Picasso phase: complete with side view of the nose. 

But I have to say my favorite part is me wearing what appears to be an evening dress with pearls. I don't 'do' dresses, at least not much. So why she painted me this way is fascinating! 

Sally said to focus on the abstract; a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. Check. This is one of my favorite pictures in the house. It makes me smile and giggle all at the same time. I love that about this painting.

25 comments:

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Very well painted for kindergarten -- your daughter has talent! I love the watercolor background! I have special drawings by my kids that I've kept all these years -- they are so special.

Christine Altmiller said...

For Kindergarten, this is superb! Wow! Does she currently pursue art? I love all the things you pointed out and also the curve in your neck. It looks like you can make it longer or reign it in at will. It is easy to see why this was a keeper!

Marlene Cupo said...

Oh Cynthia, that is wonderful and for a kindergartener, she did an amazing job. I had one of my hubby and me on the couch, that my 4 year old stick figured one night, but we won't go into any more details!

BeadedTail said...

I can't draw that well now! Your daughter obviously has her mom's creative talent!

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Hee hee it's adorable! I think kids' drawings somehow capture the "essence" of the subject... perhaps what they view as most important or somehow representative... your daughter caught all the beautiful, princessy aspects of you :)

Claire said...

it's a wonderful portrait! it's so interesting what kids 'see' and how they choose to portray us :) what a fun response to this week's prompt!

Shel said...

This is wonderful! It's gorgeous! I almost posted one my son did, too - it hangs in my 'studio' and it's all about abstract, but the glass got in the way of the photograh! :-) I love that you have pearls on in this portrait!!

Alice said...

The perfect piece for this week's challenge! And what a sweet keepsake from your daughter!

Patty Woodland said...

Oh, I love it! A great use of color for such a young artist.

Tanya said...

What a little artist she was! I love the portrait and it makes me smile too. :)

Debi said...

This is too much fun! My favorite art is created by children. I would be smiling at this too :-) I am smiling right now!

Islandgirl said...

You look lovely! Not sure I still have any of my sons artwork. I really like the flower in theleft corner!

SueBeads said...

SO CUTE!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The first thing I noticed about the drawing, besides its cuteness, is that you are wearing a necklace. I like the colorful background!

Beti Horvath said...

Kids are very cool artists, they "get" abstraction in a way that we don't!

Becky Pancake said...

What a great pic Cynthia. Such a sweet memory. Thanx for sharing it with us.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

That is adorable! What a great picture of you. Children create the most amazing things for us to cherish.

My Life Under the Bus said...

This reminds me of a mothers day piture I once got - disparate eyes, one tooth and spikey yellow hairs shooting off my head - I was soooo good lookin'!

glassbead, isinglass design said...

That is a marvelous painting! Your daughter must see you as a princess- hence the fancy clothes.

Magic Love Crow said...

I love this painting! It makes me smile too ;o) A painting to cherish ;o)

Annette said...

Kids paint the darndest pictures! I love the pearls.

CraftyHope said...

Oh, what a work of art you've shared with us here. I really love it!

Miss Val's Creations said...

This painting is adorable! Your daughter really had a knack for color at such a young age! It really does have a Picasso vibe. :)

Courtney said...

I love your picture. That would make me smile every day. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Janet Bocciardi said...

How adorable and wonderful is that??! Her use of color is wonderful. That flower (?) off to the left of you is so beautiful with the black line. Has she kept up her drawing, because I think she's got talent!

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