I’ve been working on commissions the past few weeks… here is a detail of a painting recently completed of a BOY!
People ask me all the time why I don’t do boys. I think they often assume I am the mother of girls and so like girls better.
But my usual answer is this: I’m not a boy. My Girls series is not about my experiences of motherhood but of childhood. I’m the oldest of two girls but I spent a lot of time alone growing up. I spent a lot of time sitting on rocks thinking or playing with our assortment of small animals (hampsters, turtles, kittens).
There is a sweetness, innocence and confidence that young girls have that I’m trying to remember, capture, bring back. Reimagine. Just think about a 3-year-old girl dancing unself-consciously in the living room. She is not shy. She is beautiful and graceful and she looks right at you. See me? Aren’t I fabulous? And of course she is.
Carla – Yes, I agree with you wholeheartedly! And we need to celebrate the little girls we were and keep that spirit and self-confidence alive. – Darlene
OMG this little boy is too cute! Love all the animals he has on him! Reminds me of my youngest son! The spirit of a little girls is the best thing in the whole wide world!
Judy Wise said:
What a perfect answer! (I’m not a boy.) I get that all the time too.
I love your reply, and I love the insight it gives us (both to you and your work).
I also love the boy, and the hedgie is so sweet.
Cute. Several years ago a friend of mine owned a no kill cat shelter and another friends son was outside playing with the cats. He was literally surrounded including a cat on his head. I remember asking if he was okay but he was happy as a clam. Fearless.
Karine Swenson said:
You are so cool.
Lisa Kaus said:
How true is that?! I have two nieces that prance around with tiaras on their heads 24/7. Thanks for stopping by- See you in a couple of weeks at Art and Soul.