Three months or so ago I took a wonderful workshop given by Ivy Newport. Ivy creates all kinds of lovely art in the softest of colors. This workshop actually has two lessons and is called Whimsical Portraits and Dreamy Landscapes. You can find it by clicking here. I wasn’t going to post about this until I created the Dreamy Landscape piece but, as usual, I got sidetracked by other things. I know I’ll create the other piece, but just not when.
In this workshop Ivy shows how to paint over a photo so that it ends up looking very different from the original. Because I used a photo of my mom, I couldn’t bring myself to change the photo drastically. So instead, I just added a little color.
I wanted the piece to tell a little story about her. Mom grew up on a farm in Missouri surrounded by corn fields. She graduated from school when she was 16 and moved to Chicago with her best friend. Her sister and brother-in-law owned an apartment building downtown Chicago. She and her friend got jobs and rented a room in the apartment building. She told me once about how, on Friday nights, they would walk to the pier and greet the sailors. Sometimes they would get asked out on a date to see a movie. The butterfly represents her change from being a small town country girl to moving to the big city.
My dad was from the same small town as my mom. He was in the Korean war and once he returned home, they married and settled in Central Illinois where the raised me and my sisters.