Jan
24
2011

"Mother Nature's Child" by Cheryl Whitestone

Mother Nature's Child

24" x 36" Oil Paint on Linen

Currently this painting is being exhibited at the State Botanical Gardens in Athens Georgia, through mid Feb. 2011. This is a portrait of  a little girl who had been out on a hike with her mother, a photographer. They had found a meadow and picked the wildflowers that she is wearing and holding. Her mother taught her how to make the garland for her hair by weaving the flower stems together. I had been taught to weave garlands as a child many years ago too. The flowers are Shasta Daisies, Coreopsis, Red Clover and some others I can’t identify.

I wonder how many people still do this? Did you do this as a child?

I love to do paintings of children and seem to gravitate to girls.  My preference is capturing them in very natural surroundings. I like to see them as they are even with pensive looks on their faces, with nothing forced. For this photograph she was just asked to stand still for a moment so she could be captured in all her pure fresh beauty and casual style. Her skin is like silky pale cream, I also love her tasseled hair and her little denim dress.

People have been saying she reminds them of me, perhaps a little, she may be my inner child. After all artists are always painting what inspires them from the inside right?

 

Comments (1) -

Maris Sherwood

Fabulous painting!!   We used to make garlands, also, when I was a child in Nebraska.  We mostly used clover and dandelions.  This brings to mind such fond memories.

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