This one is a Palo Verde tree in its spring flowering, whose message is to create beauty even in the midst of harshness.
In this photo, I love the contrast of the older (grandparent?) hand and the face of the newborn. I only wish there was a bit more of the hand.
A couple of reminders:
- try to avoid photos taken with flash. Unless they were taken by a professional who knows how to properly use it :) Faces without shadows are not very interesting to paint, as a rule.
- same goes for wide grins. Great for photos, not so much for paintings. Think of a photo that could tell a story...
If you are reading about this photo contest for the first time, please go to the earlier post to read all about it.
And here is something I meant to post a while ago but kept forgetting. My portrait-a-day with his portrait:
I was thrilled when Allen's grandmother (who commissioned the portrait) sent this to me. It is interesting how the people you paint accept you into their lives. Priceless.