On Wednesday my late mother will be turning 90. It has been just over 10 years since her passing when she was just few months short of her 80th birthday. I miss her everyday. We only had each other since my parents split up when I was 12, and she looked after me, the only child in the family. Like most mother-daughter relationships, we had our differences and even when I became an adult it was still not an easy one. But at the end of the day, she meant the world to me. I never got to tell her how much I loved her. Hopefully she is watching over me and realizes how much I love her and miss her loads. I therefore wanted to dedicate a beautiful birthday painting to her but my mind has been all over the place and was not sure how to begin. Doodling and getting my thoughts out on a sketchbook, though, helped. And am happy to share of course!
On a little Strathmore sketchbook, I occupied a two-page spread for this. Grabbed my black Staedtler marker and doodled away whatever came to mind. No pencil draft, just as is. And there is mama and me. Sweet mama holding my hand when I was a little girl. Me as a little girl and an adult. More of mama doodled around. In case you’re wondering about the big hair, Mama had a bouffant hairstyle dating back from the 60s which funnily enough she stuck with for the next 30 years. I guess that is her trademark! Nevertheless, she was a beautiful elegant woman who was always glamorous and did her hair and makeup everyday even if she wasn’t going out or expecting visitors. A style icon. Great to have some brainstorming ideas here for my painting!
This doodling session certainly helped conjure my thoughts. Maybe I was a bit repetitive with the drawings but it was also a great way to practice sketching and get my ideas further across. Next step is getting that on paper. Or should I try a canvas board? Or a real canvas? What supplies and mediums should I go for? Or should I do something cool and make it digital. Those are the things I will have to consider too. Or perhaps I will just make it a simple painting, nothing fancy. I have this weekend to think about it. How exciting! Looking forward to starting so watch this space in a few days!