Cecil and Ida
8 x 8 inches, oil on archival panel
This is another painting done from old, black and white family photos. I enjoyed doing the bit of pattern in the painting, which is unusual for me. As for the curtain behind Ida, I believe that, itself, was the photographer's painted backdrop. I kept thinking of Edouard Vuillard and looked him up again. The patterns in his works are thought to be symbolic of emotion and experiences. Beyond symbolism and in spite of the flatness of them, the patterns give a feeling of life, movement, and joy to his paintings. Here, I've tried to use pattern, only a bit of shadow in the dresses, and some strong contrast to refer to the photo reference. I have some more of these paintings in mind...