acrylic on canvas
61 x 51cm

I usually advise reference photos to be taken at eye level looking straight on at the child, not from above like this one was. But I loved Amelia’s big smile and the wacky leopard skin ears. Placing the table in front of her helped reduce the effect of her diminishing body and I’m really happy with the finished effect. I feel the painting has a slightly surreal Mad Hatter’s Tea Party quality. I asked Amelia’s grandmother what Amelia thought of the painting and she said she got upset when she first saw it, because she had lost her leopard skin ears.

• November 4, 2014

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