Here is part two of my Memorial Day weekend painting marathon, that I finished up today. I used my daughter, Sophia, as the model for the body position, and the hair. But I wasn't really trying to do a portrait of her, per say. I was more going for the idea of childhood summer.
We live out in the semi- country on a two acre lot. As summer has been approaching I have been waxing sentimental, thinking back over my older kids, and now five year old Sophia, and what summers in the country will be remembered as when they all look back. I have very vivid pictures in my mind of little feet, ankle deep in the pond trying to catch frogs, and lots of attempts to catch fireflies at dusk. But this particular scene is in my mind not only from when my older girls were little, but now repeated with Sophie: little girls sitting in the middle of the garden or even the amongst the wild grasses and flowers, sweaty and hair all wild. You call their name and they turn for just a second and you catch that beautiful, innocent child look. Love it.