Mommy and Me and Vera

I had a blast hanging out with my mom today. She is 71 and I challenge anyone to just TRY to keep up with her, especially when shopping! The local Kmart is closing in another month, so we spent 2 hours picking through there today. After all that time, with her reward points, Mom spent $1.74 on 2 key chains and 6 lollipops! I, on the other hand, found much more since I had not been in there in ages. I think my favorite find was a new pair of bright neon aqua blue and pink tennis shoes for $5.

When we finally made our way back to her house this afternoon, she and Dad cut the grass and I set up my art travel kit on a table on the carport to work on today’s painting. I had no clue who would show up on my canvas (watercolor paper) today, but as I began sketching her hair, the little curl appeared on her cheek. As I worked on adding color and detail, she informed me that her name is Vera and she has some stories to tell!

I’m already excited about seeing who wants to appear on my canvas tomorrow!

#2 of 30 - Mixed media on watercolor paper

#2 of 30 – Mixed media on watercolor paper

#1 of 30

What a crazy busy day! I drove 6 hours from my home to my parents. Had about 30 minutes to catch my breath before jumping in their car for another hour to see my oldest son’s first orchestra concert, then another hour back to my parents’ house. I sketched this first portrait in about 15 minutes with a few more details added from the backseat on the way to the concert. I added color with watercolor crayons, white acrylic paint, a black pen, and a Distress Ink pen. I’m excited about this new challenge of 30 paintings in 30 days and look forward to days when I have a bit more time to spend with the creation. This gal needs a name… suggestions are welcome!

 

Mixed Media Portrait by Amy McGrath

Mixed Media Portrait by Amy McGrath

 

Quick sketch

Quick sketch