Why did choose this photo to paint?
I've painted my son twice (in In the Tree and in My Boys), but I'd only painted my daughter once (in Flower Girl and Her Kitty). I guess I was waiting for the right photograph, and I knew this was it as soon as I saw it.
I love the simplicity of the landscape and horizon.
I love the off-center composition.
I love the pop of red that makes her the center of attention even though she's near the edge.
I love the way the scarf is billowing which tells me it was a windy day.
I love the relaxed tone that's conveyed with her bare feet and pony tail.
I love that her husband must have thought she looked beautiful so he snapped the picture.