A Smile For You From Haiti
Painting - Watercolor And Acrylic On Illustration Board
I fell in love with a photo of this little girl. To me, she has one of the most beautiful smiles in the world. In the setting in which I saw it, it was really shining in comparison to the other typical photos of sad-eyed orphans. After the show, I asked the photographer if I bought the image, would I be allowed to use it as a reference for a painting? She told me yes, as long as she got to see it! I carried it home and mused about how to render the painting. It got put aside for a few months, and then, the big earthquake happened in Haiti. It was the motivation I needed to get started. I made her skin a very dark purple in drybrush acrylic. This child may not be royal in the world's eyes, but she is more precious in God's eyes than any king of this earth, so to me, she IS royalty. I surrounded her with quinacridone gold watercolor sprinkled with salt, to represent the joy that exudes from this child. Her shortalls are a combination of drybrush acrylic and watercolor washes. I have discovered that I do really like my experimentation of combining watercolor and acrylic together in a piece. I was filled with emotion as I worked on this painting. Several times, tears were literally rolling down my cheeks. I hope to use this portrait of an orphan from Haiti as a fundraiser for this child's home. I will donate 50% of my profits from any sales directly to this orphanage in Haiti. Many thanks to professional photographer, Annie Wesche of given.photography for allowing me to use her photograph. The original painting has been donated to "His Little Feet" which is a Haitian Children's Choir that is touring the United States to raise awareness and funds for Compassion International.
September 1st, 2010
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