Picking A Subject To Paint

My sister Jean recently scanned more old family photos, which were all charming and fun. But one photo of my mother as a young woman popped out instantly as a painting waiting to happen.

I’ve been thinking about all the reasons this was the photo I wanted to work from:

* She’s holding a cat!
* Those sox!
* Her flirty, fun personality shining through!

Then something else hit me. I remembered how Mother came home from a visit to Washington D.C. with a print of a classic painting that she has selected as a slightly titillating gift for my Dad. And I realized the photo of Mother as a young woman has something in common with Goya’s Clothed Maja:

Mother also told us that there was an “unclothed” version of the same painting…but she decided not to bring that one home. Here it is for my art-loving friends:

I’m looking forward to getting started on this painting. I’m thinking this image of my Mom deserves to be a large-scale work.

Categorized as Art Tagged

By Joanne

Joanne Taeuffer is an expressive painter. She lives in the Berkeley Hills and Healdsburg, CA, with her husband and their black cats, Oscar Wild and Percy.

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