This is, by far, my most fun painting of the summer.
I dont know if this type of portrait has been done before (but I assume it has since somewhere everything has been done before).
Every part of this portrait means something to my daughter.
Watercolor, 18" x 20"
As a child Christine collected Disney snow globes. Winnie the Pooh was a favorite.
The Clamatis represents our home since we have always had this flower growing on our lamp post.
Tweety Bird, another favorite!
We vacationed in New Hampshire every summer by the lake.
Represented here by the pine branch and chickadees.
Many rainy afternoons were spent playing Candyland.
And the pieces from the board game, Pretty, Pretty Princess was a fun game she loved playing with her Dad. Yes it was pretty hysterical.
Her stuffed dog Tramp was almost always by her side seeing her through bad dreams,
tummy aches, and comforting sleepiness.
When I had the idea for this project I asked her what she remembers from this age.
In her last year of preschool her classes were in the afternoon.
One of her favorite memories is sitting in Daddys big chair
and me bringing her a peanut and jelly sandwich,
with the crust cut off and cut into triangles. And, oh yeah, watching Barney the Purple Dinasoaur
(couldn't figure out how to squeeze him in here) before leaving for school.
And lastly, I dug out one of her illustrated stories from kindergarten.
I faithfully copied it just as she left it.
And it reads,
"It is my birthday. I am happy.
I got a big present. I was surprised."
Kind of says it all doesn't it?
Yesterday Christine turned 27.
Happy Birthday Christine!