Family Painting — ‘The Puzzlers’

oil-family-painting-puzzlersWe are family I got all my sisters and me! Sing it!

I love to paint flowers, still lifes and landscapes. But the most fun for me is PEOPLE, especially those I know and love. This recently completed family painting is a celebration of the last time I had a “girls weekend” with my sister and two cousins.

Although we are scattered across Austin, San Antonio and Houston, we still manage to schedule this special time without much difficulty. If we just make up our minds that it’s a priority! But if we’re not careful, we get busy and eventually realize it’s been 8 months since our last reunion. That’s too long!

Taking Photos for a Family Painting

When we are together, one of our favorite activities is working a jigsaw puzzle. There is something compelling about getting those weird shapes organized into a beautiful picture. And there’s all that teamwork! Last time, at my sister’s house, I made everyone sit still for some photos I could use to paint a group portrait.

Yes, they mugged a lot of goofy expressions. But finally I got a couple of photos I could combine in a composite image for this family painting. A bit of artistic license 🙂

Family — Painted with a Palette Knife

I tried to capture the energy of the moment by using my palette knife and lots of color. The images in the photos were so backlit that everyone appeared silhouetted. I figured my family painting “victims” would not be satisfied with that; so I lightened the forms and added a few details. But didn’t want to get too hung up in the features — it is an abstract painting of the family, after all!

There is such a joyful vibe when I am with this branch of the family — painting them brought back such great memories. When we’re together, we’re so relieved not to be called upon to do ANYTHING for anyone! We don’t discuss world problems or other weighty matters. But we do lots of reminiscing and laughing about our grandparents and parents.

Oh, and we all SING while we are puzzling. We just tune into an oldies radio station and viola — we are the Supremes, Elvis or The Four Seasons! It is DIVINE! These weekends are SO good for the soul.

I hope this family painting reminds you to get together with your favorite people in the coming weeks. Don’t let the time slip away — schedule it now!

You’ll be so glad you did! And don’t forget to SING!

About Valerie Rawlings

Austin, Texas oil painter focusing on portraits, landscapes and still life paintings
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6 Responses to Family Painting — ‘The Puzzlers’

  1. Diana says:

    I love it. I love it. I love it. Its the farm house in Brenham, right? You did a great job.

    • Thanks Diana, actually this is YOUR house. I must have used a little too much poetic license! Notice, I think all you see out your windows is beautiful green backyard! Your backyard is the best!

  2. Sue Douglass says:

    Love this painting! And love the family weekend of fellowship, puzzles and song!!! Great fun!

  3. Karen McDonald says:

    It’s pretty obvious that you got your puzzle gene from your dad’s side of the family! I’m not much of a puzzler, but one of my favorite things in the world is to paint with you!! I can imagine a painting of us at our easels with the still life set up in front of us and the crazily different interpretations of the subject that we each create!!