Title: “Sweet Karoline”
Canvas: 16“x 20”
Media: Oil
Price: Given to Jon Erickson (husband) for his birthday
Date Completed:  8/18/2015

I thought this painting was beyond my then current skill level. Gail assured me that if we just took our time, it’d be fine. I wanted to do this for Jon’s birthday on 7/15. I knew it wouldn’t be done and just told him that his birthday present was backordered. He was very surprised when he finally got the painting and absolutely loved it.

When Karoline (daughter) was learning to walk she pushed this silly walker everywhere. She’d want to go outside at 6:30am and would stay out until 8:00pm if you let her.  The picture of her with the walker was placed in a photograph that was taken by well known artist that Gail is friends with. Jon gravitated towards cherry blossom paintings when browsing around the studio with me so Gail and I wanted to combine Karoline and her walker with this great photograph from her friend.

There are things I love about this paining. There are things I wish I’d done differently.  I didn’t do a good enough job planning for this painting which caused some proportions to be off in the end. I didn’t realize how important it was to get the proportions right from the very beginning. There are a few things I still want to fix but it’s already been varnished. Onward and upward.