Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Special Day

Tomorrow is my beautiful grandson's 8th birthday and sadly I will not be there to share it with him.  And his wonderful mother has her birthday the following day with my one and only granddaughter (whom I have never seen in person) celebrating her first birthday the next week.

Now, as is the case with all first born children, there are hundreds of thousands of photographs of Andreas, so I have plenty to choose from to paint.

But I am ultra lucky if I get one or two of Catherine!  Maybe they'll take the hint and send me a whole bunch of the little lady so I can get to paint more than the one I already have.

This was done from a photograph taken when they were last in SA almost 2 years ago, but I liked it, so I painted it, and it is one I'm going to keep!

 
Andreas - Just Listening

34 comments:

RUPESH PATIL said...

wow!i realize my childhood from this painting.such a great work liz!

Marie Theron said...

A lovely painting, Liz , and congratulations on his birthday. I know the feeling, my two grandsons live in Texas!I am thankful for the electronic media which brings them closer!

Diana said...

It is so beautiful Liz! And a very handsome young man. I am fortunate to have all my grand children close.

Marian Fortunati said...

Liz... This is stunning!!!

I think all the love and wishes that you could share more of his life are right there in this painting.

Will you keep it or send it up north to grace his family's home?

WOW!!

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Lovely painting. Blue eyes like my son.
This looks like a keeper.

Werner said...

oh, das ist aber schön geworden.



viele Grüße Werner

Anthony Duce said...

Wonderful painting, You must enjoy painting him. It shows. Three of my four daughters have provided me with grandchildren, a total of five. They all live far away. The one that lives farthest posts and send the most photos. The one who is closest on the other side of the state, the fewest. I'm always having to remind her I need photos.

Prabal said...

Wonderful. I liked the confident attitude he displays, especially in the eyes.

Megha Chhatbar said...

Such a lovely portrait...I am just speechless to see your art-work! The shades you give with color is amazing..The posture was too good to paint...Well done Liz!

AutumnLeaves said...

What a gorgeous grandson you have there, Liz. Andreas is the cutest! I am so sorry that you have to miss both your grandkids' birthdays though. I hope you get to talk to them on the phone often, at least. I love that you are keeping the paintings. I couldn't see those either were I you. You've done an amazing job.

Arti said...

Very sweet!Thats a truly handsome boy...the skin tones are wonderful, Liz.'Hope he had a happy birthday!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

This is a lovely portrait Liz! He's very sweet! I wish him a very happy birthday :)

Sheila said...

Happy Birthday to your grandson Andreas! What a handsome lad, obviously taking much from your side of the family. I love how you painted his determined chin and those beautiful blue eyes!

Barbara Pask said...

I love it! The wonderful skin tones and the painterly feel of it. You can tell you love this subject.

Rosemary said...

Liz, this is precious! What a wonderful pose and what a beautiful little boy! You did a super job! Hope he is enjoying a great birthday!

Cathy Gatland said...

Beautifully and lovingly painted Liz - his expression of listening is just perfect. I can't believe your granddaughter is a year old already! Hope you get good photos of her soon to paint a matching masterpiece!

rachelsstudio.com said...

This is lovely, I love how you captured his eyes!!!

Celeste Bergin said...

this is a treasure! Great job--hope the birthdays are filled with sunshine

Shelley Ross said...

Hi Liz

This is an amazing portrait! THIS must be your genre. Paint more portraits, please. Simply wonderful.

Shelley

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Rupesh for such a neat comment!! You were obviously also a beautiful child!


Hi there Marie and thank you. It is hard having them living on the other side of the world, but it's something we have to get used to and also gives us an excuse to travel!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Diane and keep them close. Because of the lack of work opportunities our youngsters look for the experience overseas.


Ah Marian, I always love hearing from you and this one will be staying with me - they have the last three I did!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Peggy, and yes, it is.


Danke soviel Werner für das Besuchen meines Blogs und Ihrer freundlichen Anmerkung.

Art with Liz said...

Hi there Tony and yes, I love painting him! It shows huh? And so typical of your children as well - kids - can't believe we were like that as well once!!!


Thank you so much Prabal.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Megha - it was a great pose wasn't it!


Hello dear Sherry. Thank you again, and I spoke to him on Friday night through Skype - also saw him on webcam but I can't seem to get mine to work, so he couldn't see me. Technologically challenged, that's me.

Art with Liz said...

Hi Arti, he's have his party today so hopefully will get a report back. Thank you for your kind words.


Hello Ramesh, and thank you for your generous words. PS I'm back watching cricket again!

Art with Liz said...

Ah special Sheila who should be coming to visit but isn't just yet! Thank you so much - I think he's good looking and I Know he has the most beautiful eyes and eyelashes! But not from me!


Thank you so much Barbara - I deliberately kept it painterly so I could keep it!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Rosemary and I hope he's enjoying his party today as well.


It's frightening how time flies Cathy and I hope I've sent out enough hints to them by now through this post, to get more pics of Catherine. Thank you for you lovely comment.

Art with Liz said...

Gosh Rachel, a comment like this coming from you is like being awarded an Olympic medal! Thank you so much.


What a lovely thing to say Celeste! Thank you!

Art with Liz said...

Hi there Shelley and thank you. Yes, I love doing portraits and dogs and I really need to do something about the marketing side of things to alleviate this accumulation of canvases! Do other people end up painting over and over their canvases just to make space like me?

Sharon Wright said...

Hi Liz, congrats, your name came out of the hat this morning. Can you email your address please, sharon.wright9@btopenworld.com
Thanks for your interest and confidence boosting comments. I always look forward to hearing from you.
Fabulous portrait, aren't children an absolute delight to paint?

Judybec said...

wonderful painting Liz!!! I keep it too -- you captured that intense gaze of a young boy listening

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

the little ones are so sweet. This is a beautiful portrait!

James Parker said...

Superb portrait, Liz...it is a bummer to be so far away from your grandkids. All that talk about "a small world" doesn't apply when you're a distance from your family.

kathleen.artkat.hebert said...

I am so sorry that you are not closer to your family. I'm not sure that you will be able to keep this lovely portrait because everyone in your family will be fighting to have it!!!!!