(Day 170: Painting)
No photograph of this painting will ever do it justice! It is STUNNING and I'm completely in love! This painting was commissioned by the family I used to nanny for, who have become like a second family to me, as a baby shower gift. It took me so long to choose a photo and contact the artist because, of all the photos I've taken, none of them seemed to be "the photo" - until I took this one the day after my first Mother's Day. I wrote this to the artist, Andrea:
Charlie is 10.5 months old, by far my favorite age to-date! She refused to look at my camera no matter all the crazy noises I was making during this impromptu photo shoot, and she kept putting grass in her mouth. After a good 10 minutes of trying to get her attention and fetch grass out of her hands/mouth, I just let go. I stopped making noise all together and just gave in and let her go for the grass. At that moment, the whole atmosphere shifted - she stopped putting grass in her mouth and just decided to feel it with the tips of her fingers, in awe. She's sitting on the baby blanket my mother used for me as a child, 27 years ago. She's wearing the first headband I ever bought for her at a month old when I was going through the "baby blues" and still trying so hard to humanize her and connect with her. She's sitting in my front yard in front of the rocks where my husband and I stood for a photo the day we bought our home. Her hair is very curly in the back but smooth in the front. She has so many cowlicks which is why we part it so far to the side and call it her "combover" but the cowlicks always make that little bit below the headband stick down in the opposite direction of the combover. Her curls in the back of her hair are reflecting in the light of the sunset while she just touches blades of grass in pure amazement. Pure curiosity. Pure innocence. THIS is how I always want to remember my daughter as a child. This exact moment when I took this last photo and then put my camera down to just watch her and BE in the moment, as in awe of her as she was with those blades of grass.
Needless to say, Andrea NAILED it! 😍