5x5 inches, acrylic on paper
I seem to be back in a miniature mode. I've had a small vintage black and white photograph that I got from our local consignment place, and it has been calling out to me lately. I liked the child with his or her jaunty cap and casual posture. I also like the way the siding, railing and steps all led the eye right to the figure. This little painting has more intense color than some of my other miniatures painted from vintage photos. It occurred to me that just because we cannot see bright color in these images, that doesn't mean it wasn't there. I also liked the bright sun that makes the child squint. In the original picture the parent's shadow is clearly visible, but I eliminated that as a distraction here. That shadow is there often in old photos, because the cameras people had at home for snapshots typically did not have flash attachments. They needed the sun to get a good clear shot, and they often ended up as a shadowy part of the photo.