I know my aunt still struggles with his death, at times mentioning not wanting to go home to that empty house....with pictures and reminders my uncle just about everywhere.
After almost two years since my uncle passed, I think it's important for my aunt to reclaim that space as her own. To add NEW memories and images to their home, so I made this painting for her birthday, which was yesterday.
Watercolor on watercolor paper - 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" (NFS)
It's supposed to be of a white rose (which are her favorite) but because I exaggerated the colors of the shadows it ended up looking orange instead. Ugh!
This piece was sooooo hard to do. I reworked it so many times I thought for sure it was a goner.
The photo reference was really small and the lighting was difficult to capture. Even after framing it, the artwork looks off to me. I know several months from now I'll look back and cringe at all the mistakes but hopefully it'll be enough of a gift.
The main thing is my aunt has something all her own. Something cheery and colorful to brighten up her home.
Happy Birthday, Auntie!!