12″x36″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are red and are 1.5″ deep.
This painting is available HERE
I first thought of the idea for this painting a little while back when I was braiding my 10 year old’s hair. She requested that I give her one braid instead of two. It dawned on me that she felt that one braid was more grown up than two braids and since that day, she wears one braid. I wanted to paint her in braids, older that she is now. Hanging on, I guess, to this part of her as a little girl.
When I started the actual painting, the word camouflage keep circling me head. I had this one scrap of origami paper that was black with brightly coloured flowers and it reminded me of a botanical with a black background. I have been noticing this a lot in fashion, I think inspired by Downton Abbey and have wanted to use it in a painting. I was thinking about how teenagers never like to be singled out but at the same time are exploring their individualism. Her botanical dress is camouflaged by the botanical background she blends in to it but also emerges from it. She is figuring out who she is. It is on her terms when she decides to become the background or when she wants to stand apart from it. It is so important for it to be on her terms. This is not easy for a control freak like myself and I must remind myself daily to stand back (but only at arms length because she does still reachs for me.)
The only thing is, her limbs are getting so long that I seem to be moving farther and farther away at a faster pace than I’d like.
My heart is aching a little as I write this.