Oil on Canvas, 20” x 24”
For Owen’s Christmas present he selected to have a portrait of his children, Lila and Bella. Previously he had taken some photographs of the girls to be used in a portrait, but I decided that I preferred to paint from photos that he hadn’t seen. The girls came for a visit without their parents at Easter 2012, so I took this opportunity to capture them on camera.
The painting is a combination of four separate photos: Bella painting, Lila posing, and the background, our garden when viewed from the conservatory. Later I decided that Lila’s expression was a bit glum, so I changed her head for one in a photo that Owen had previously taken.
The girls are actually painting salt-dough that they had made earlier, rather than a portrait of Owen and of Peppa Pig. Bella has her doll on her lap.
Lila is tall for her age, which makes her appear older than she is. She is a very kind girl, and therefore popular with her classmates. Bella idolises her, and Lila lives up to it. Bella, though only 3, is very conscientious and has good powers of concentration. She loves helping others.
When the girls come to stay it is Christine who supervises the creative activities, such as handicrafts and cookery. I tend to do the more raucous stuff like playing hide and seek, running about and playing board games.