Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Flower Fairy: A Painting for Callista

Our granddaughter Callista is fifteen months old now, and, in our eyes, she's really something special. Her zest for life keeps us all on our toes, and her infectious smile is one of the prettiest things I've ever seen.

Callie Rose

Calliista's bedroom has pale pink walls and ivory/pink/tan bedding. This year for Christmas I got the bright idea to do a flowery pink painting on canvas, to coordinate with the room decor and hang over her crib. Now, understand that I haven't painted on canvas since I was in college. What would possess me (three days before Christmas!) to pull out some old craft paints and try my hand at painting with acrylics? I must have been on a sugar high from eating too many cookies! At any rate, I finished the painting with hours to spare, and it now hangs in her girly room, looking down on teddy bears, baby dolls, and princess castles.

30" x 15" acrylic on canvas

Since her nursery bedding has roses on it, I started off with some rose-like flowers...


then added some other stylized flowers and a butterfly...


a mommy bird and her baby...


and a smiling snail...


A fairy flits from flower to flower...


and a patchwork foreground adds a nice finishing touch...


The edges of the canvas are decorated with pink polka dots...

 
I had a lot of fun playing around with acrylics on this project and on Nicholas' paintings. It might have been nice to have better quality paints, but then, there's a lot to be said for making do with what you have on hand. Today I'm heading back into the studio to take up my watercolors again. The holiday hustle and bustle has kept me busy with other things lately, and I'm itching to tackle some of the unfinished work I have waiting for me.

2014 awaits! I have lots of dreams and plans for the new year - I'd better get started!

3 comments:

  1. What a lovely painting, which I'm sure will be a wonderful treasure that she will keep in her grown up days to come. How lovely.

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  2. What a wonderful gift for Miss Calista! Beautiful work! I love every little detail! :)

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  3. Your granddaughter is adorable. Love your painting for her room - so sweet. In years to come I am sure it will be special because you painted it for her. Have a lovely new year and happy painting.

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