As I’ve started painting more portraits for families, the reaction I didn’t expect has come from the children themselves.
Originally I was just thinking of the moms. Moms like myself, who would love to have their children’s portrait painted and on display in their home. But what has moved me the most is seeing how it affects the children.
Here is my favorite quote ever from a 5-year old when she saw her portrait:
“I love it so much my heart is bursting out like a star!”
And from a 4-year old, when she saw my portrait of herself in her pink tutu and Spiderman leg warmers:
“My favorite part is how strong and pretty I am!”
At my live-painting event last month, two five-year olds watched me paint, their faces in genuine awe. I’m so grateful for the mom who took this photo, so I could see how they were watching.