Portrait artist paints a mom and baby in “Reaching”

SOLD. “Reaching” 6×6 inch oil painting on linen

See available paintings of people here: http://jessiesfineart.com/people-painting.html

This is my second try at this scene, and I think it came together really nicely. I used a couple different photos of this mom and child for reference. I am enjoying really bright colors right now. I love the ocean colors in this painting; they are similar to the colors of the painting “Splash“. And “Orange” has similar vibrancy. Mom Loving Project #11 of 30.

P.S. There is still a Give-away going!


MOM LOVING PROJECT: This is a little different from a commission, as people submitting photos are not necessarily purchasing the paintings. If you want to participate in this project, email me with your photo(s). And if you think (or know) you will want to purchase the painting, please put that information in the email.

I am really excited about my “Mom Loving” portrait project: a series of 30 small paintings (6×6 – 6×8 inches) of moms loving and bonding with (holding, nursing, sleeping with, snuggling, carrying, etc.) their babies and young children. The best paintings will be published as part of an art book in 2011. You can also, optionally, suggest a short statement (around 35 words and/or your name(s)) that you’d like to appear next to the painting when it’s published in the book and on my blog.

Moms / Dads / the person submitting the photo will have the first opportunity (but no obligation) to purchase their painting

For this project I am looking for candid-looking photos, and especially ones that have good light (outdoors with light from the  side or side/back is best)  and are good enough quality to see some details, and which are taken far enough away that most or all of the mom and child are in the picture. With that said, I’ve received a couple fuzzy and very close up pictures that will work nicely.

These paintings will be in my impressionist / modern realist style. See: http://jessiesfineart.com

If you’d like to participate and submit photos for this project, email me. If you have several photos from the same time, send them all – that makes it easier to paint. Thanks!

[By submitting a photograph for this project, you’re agreeing that I will own the copyright on my paintings, but of course you will retain the copyright of your photographs.]

Any questions, comments or suggestions appreciated!!

4 thoughts on “Portrait artist paints a mom and baby in “Reaching””

  1. Wow what a gorgeous little painting. It is really well done. All of your mother and child photos really capture that amazing relationship that is so hard to put into words. Your style is so interesting and I am imagining even more difficult than a more realistic approach, especially in this smaller size. I really love just looking at this little gem and am off to look at some more! (I came from Jonni’s blog.)

  2. This one is fraught with tension between beauty, a moment of simple childhood, and danger! The tilting reach towards the cliff edge, the orange danger zone, playing off the hot blue of the sky and water … It’s one of those paintings that’s deceptively simple (momma, baby, landscape), but roiling with possible interpretations.

    Or, maybe I’m reading too much into it! I’d be interested to hear how you feel about this one, Jessie.


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