There are pieces that warm your heart and THEN THERE ARE PIECES THAT WARM YOUR HEART. Maggie has a stuffed toy llama that she absolutely adores. She still calls him “mamaaaa” (working on those L sounds). So when it was time to find a piece to hang in her nursery, the choice was simple.
I started with a deeper pink background, and added a light wash for the llama’s shadows. Couldn’t move past the background color, but couldn’t figure out why, so I set the painting aside for months while I worked on other landscapes.
And then one day during a long baby nap, I picked it back out of the “progress” stack of canvases and lightened the background to a sweet, paisley pink.
For the short fur around the face, I used a few sables and flats. The wooley, wirey hair on the head and body needed some swirl, so I brought out the sword liner brush and built them out in thin layers.
We let it dry for a few weeks, and now have it hanging above her bed. I smile every time she points and yells “mammaaaa” at it. I wonder why this is one my favorite paintings so far??
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