Watercolor: Tea & Biscuits

Tea & Biscuits 10x7 Watercolor on paper
Painted from a photo snapped a few years ago, while visiting MKH and baby E, when he was getting a little cuddle time to ease the bother of teething.  I've always loved painting from family photos - recent ones, as well as very old, vintage daguerreotypes of relatives I've only heard stories about. There are familiar, inherited features, bone structure, carriage and gestures in those pictures - a lovely trickle of recognition in the genetics. I think a bit of the artist's scrutiny required to "know" the reference image is already innate, so there's just a little more mental air around the process to make art from the photos.

Art Quote
As the camera became evermore accepted as a method of documenting people, places and event, artists felt increasingly free to explore depths of experience that the camera could not.  In The Bellilli Family (oil, 79" x 99"), for example, Edgar Degas (1834-1917) created one of the first truly psychological portraits.  The father nearly disappears into the furniture and fireplace at right, his back to us, and he is separated from his companions. The daughter at right conveys some allegiance to him and perhaps even a bit of his personality in her more casual body language, yet the wife (Degas' Aunt) is ready to pull her back. (Notice her hand just above the girl's shoulder.) The other daughter is a carbon copy of her mother in costume and stance, and in the opaqueness of her thoughts. More than offering likeness, Degas arranged these individuals in a composition that reveals the complex dynamics of the family.
19th Century Realism - by Tina Tammaro


Sherry Schmidt said...

Oh, I love this piece Belinda! Gorgeous!

Heather said...

What a precious painting. Very nice work!

John Brisson said...

Again, you make it look easy!

M. D. Cooper said...

Nicely done! This reminds me of a Mary Cassatt painting.