This is why I am not a portrait artist

This drawing started out intending to be a picture of one of my sons when he was young.


It doesn’t look anything like him!

So then I thought I would try to make it look a little more like one of my own baby pictures by adding the golden hair and the skirt.

It doesn’t look anything like me either!

This is why I am not a portrait artist.  This painting is now some abstract little girl with her imaginary rabbit and her toys.


Other than the child not looking like the family member that I had intended, I like how the end result turned out.  I love color and texture and whimsy and this ended up with all three.  I don’t do realism very well at all.  I wonder if that is why I am drawn to whimsical art, and whimsical stories as well.

Do you find a parallel in your abilities and the kinds of things that draw your interest?

I love to read fiction stories about magical worlds.  I grew up reading “The Lord of the Rings” series by J.R.R. Tolkien, and then the “Harry Potter” series later by J.K. Rowling, and I still read a lot of sword and sorcery kinds of books.  I think that my art is connected in a way to the many-layered worlds that go on inside my head each day, and also the fact that I love animals.


I admit that I get bored with trying to paint a landscape.

I would much rather pick something in that landscape to paint, like a magical flower, or the cat in the grass.

When I was a little girl my paternal grandfather would take me out rock-hounding.  We would go to a riverbank and spend hours searching for agates in the rocks and we would find ourselves cast into a magical world that became anything we wanted it to be.

That’s what I wish for you in your artistic life; a world of magical discoveries!




Supply list:

16 x 24 inch canvas

collage scraps

Deco Art Patio Paint

Ballpoint pen


“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”

Audre Lorde (writer and civil rights activist)




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