I finished this piece 2 Friday’s ago, but since it was a surprise for Mother’s Day, I waited to post it until the gift was given! Well, it’s past Mother’s Day now, and so here is the post I wrote the day I created this piece:
I was SO excited when I read that this entry is for Mother’s Day!! What a NEAT idea to do for Mom on Mother’s Day!! I can’t wait to hear how this mom (Ruby) reacts! I don’t have grown kids yet, but I sometimes think about how precious images of your original core family must be once the kids are grown and married with kids. Those must be just precious too. But I wonder if there’s something about pictures like this that remind a family about how they started. Who they were when they were under one roof together. And now they are something wonderfully magnificent as a growing family too!! And now you can’t image in life without all the beautiful new additions… but I don’t know. Anyone know what I’m saying? Whenever I see a photo of my family from when we were kids, I tend to linger and stare at all 8 of us. Remembering those times. We have very few photos of us like that now. Now its a rare day when we’re all 8 together again. Once or twice a year… IF we’re lucky!! (We are pretty spread out.) What a gift for this family to live close together and see each other regularly and to have an illustration like this!! Congratulations Paul family! And may you be blessed with a bright future of love and close-family unity! Happy early Mother’s Day Ruby!
|What are you family Members names, ages, color hair, color eyes, etc.? And, tell me a bit about their personality.*|
|Tom- His hair color is brownish grey and his eyes are blue. He has been battling Multiple Sclerosis for over 20 years and as been in a wheelchair for the last 8 years. Tom has a remarkable grin, but you never really see his teeth. He is always making people smile!Ruby- Her hair color is brown with highlights and her eyes are brown. She is extremely motherly. She is known for her kind heart and gentle spirit. If there is one thing she is proud of, it is her kids. She is also an extremely loving wife.Mica- Her hair color is sandy blonde and her eyes are bluish green. She is a stay-at-home mother to 4 little girls. She seems to have unlimited energy in raising and homeschooling all 4.Chelsey- Her hair color is brown and her eyes are bluish green. She has an infectious smile. She is a loving wife who loves to make and bake fun new dishes.Chris- His hair color is blonde and his eyes are blue. He loves all things outdoors. You can find him hunting, frolfing, skiing, or jet skiing. He is going to school to be an engineer.Chantell- Her hair color is blonde and her eyes are blue. She is always lost in a book and grew up playing several sports. She is going to school to be a special needs educator.
Teddy- 12 years old. He is a white maltese who is has been in our family since he was 8 weeks old. This is the second white maltese as a family and they look almost identical so it is like we have had the same dog for over 15 years.
|The 3 to 5 prominent colors I would like in my piece include: *||Earthy based tones that feel like fall (see the picture of the plates)|
|Tell me what you would like to see your family doing (would you like them just sitting all together posing, as if for a picture? Or would you like them to be doing something together). Please supply the most details here:||The illustration is going to be a gift from our family to our Mom for mother’s day. This picture will hang next to several other pictures that have been taken throughout the last several decades of the family. Since all of these pictures were taken with more of a family sitting portrait style, we would like the illustration to be similar. As far as the scene, we would like something with a fall season feel would be great since it would match the color as well.|
|Any other details you might be able to give me that would help ensure your enjoyment of the piece:||Overall, we just want to portray the love that our family has for one another. Because of Tom’s illness, it has forced us to be stronger than most families have to be. The kids have had to grow up a little faster than most and really try to take care of one another. Also, Tom & Ruby have been great examples to all of the kids of what a marriage built on a Christian foundation is like. Ruby sets a great example of what love is and Tom’s faith has only grown and remains the rock the family is built on.|
Chelsey shared with me that they love to sit as a family outside on their parent’s deck. So that was definitely this inspiration for this scene. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend! Here’s to sunshine and family time this weekend!
Blessings to you all!! Talk to you on Tuesday!
P.S. New Jonah piece on Wednesday!!! Freebie tomorrow!!