My daugher Rebecca has been learning to fly this past summer. Her tuition is on hold now over the winter months but she is looking forward to the spring again when she can complete her training and finally be able to fly solo. She seems so young to me still, but I know she is growing up fast. She is so full of ambition and motivation to succeed. Its wonderful to see. You know the saying 'the sky's the limit'... that is certainly true for her. I didn't want to put her in a glider for my painting though because I also wanted to encorporate the more imaginative side of her personality into the portrait too.
She is just like me in that way...she has such a vivid imagination so it was easy to get her 'to believe' in my idea for the reference photo shoot.
" Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!"– Dr Seuss
.... so I placed a chair in the middle of the basement and a fan beside it, gave her a summer dress to put on and told her to sit on the chair, feel the summer's breeze through her hair and imagine she was on a swing high in the sky, above the clouds.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. ~Henry David Thoreau
yes, I know she only really had the floor to look at, and a chair instead of a swing but her imagination could fill in the rest and hopefully my pencil and brushes can bring to life what was in her mind. (fingers crossed)
The outline is drawn onto watercolour paper and stretched on a board. It is another big one... I just couldn't resist it. Its 24 by 33 inches.