A Family Face – Remembering Auntie with a Portrait
A few months ago my Uncle asked if I could paint him a picture of his late wife and I collected some photographs from him for the likeness.
None of them really stood out as being ‘just’ Jean though and I worried about it for a while, despite being flattered that he had honored me with the task.
This month of portrait painting feels like the time that I must set my nervousness aside and get on with it!
So I started yesterday, gently stroking a softly coloured page with my oil pastels, just letting myself enjoy the colouring process and spending a nice afternoon with my Auntie.
I enjoyed remembering her smile and I loved the subtle blend of colours that emerged.
I’m not sure if my pastel portrait is quite Jean either, but we’ll see what my family make of it and I plan to try a watercolour too…