Little Diva ~ portrait of my daughter

Little Diva ~  8″ x 10″ oil on panel
It’s wonderful, and amazing, how your children so completely steal your heart forever. I am in love with them like nothing else! I could paint them every day, they’re so incredibly beautiful and inspiring to me. I know that I see them through mommy goggles, and I’m afraid that others won’t see them like I do, but that doesn’t matter, does it? They’re mine:)
This is a portait of my beautiful daughter, Rhiannon. I’ve been meaning to paint this one for a long time. It is from a photo shoot I did when she was only two. I can’t believe she’s six now!  And she’s still obsessed with leopard print, lol! 
I am captivated by her grown up expression, her “diva” look…she seems to be the  embodiment of some glamorous fifties movie star in this pic. She was getting impatient with me, with the camera, and on the verge of getting tearful, and that shows a bit in the painting. Not so much in the photo. Strange how that works sometimes…
I realized when I painted this, that I am meant to paint people.  I know, I paint a lot of other things, because of market demand, but when I’m working on someone’s face is almost the only time I’m so completely absorbed and involved in a painting that it is hard to stop for anything. I go without lunch, I get irritated with bathroom interruptions…I just want to keep going until it’s finished! 
This painting will soon be on its way to the Federation Gallery in Vancouver. I was recently contacted by them and asked to send them half a dozen paintings because someone who bought my work last year was looking for more! Yay! Wish me luck…

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Bubble Time

Bubble Time 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas panel $150
Copyright 2011 Tahirih Goffic

Here’s the painting I promised you yesterday:) I got a bit busy…I’m still finding it hard to adjust to going “to work” every day, and still having time to do all the other stuff, like cook and clean, post to my blog…
But it will come. I’m slowly learning how to be organized! It’s not a normal state of being for me, to have to make lists, plan my day in advance, or be on any kind of schedule…but it’s starting to come together. And I’m painting a lot! I haven’t been posting very much, because a lot of my projects this summer have been private commissions, but that’s okay, too. I might just have to rename my blog, “My Almost Monthly Painting Blog”! I do paint every day, honest! Except for the weekends, which I now dedicated to the kidlets and my exceptionally patient husband. 
Well, I do have a few more finished pieces to show you over the next few days, so stay posted!
In other news, I had my first meal at the “new” Eagle Lodge last night. It was exceptional!! My mouth is still watering, thinking about the Maple Glazed Steak with carmelized onions, and fresh blueberry pavlova…yum yum yum! If you are in the Bella Coola area, you absolutely MUST try their food…and if you need a place to stay, their rooms are beautiful, too. On Friday nights, they also have live music by local musicans, and Caley Watts enchanted us all with her angelic voice, and clever songwriting…she’s gorgeous, inside and out, so look her up, she’s on iTunes and CDbaby.