Suspenders, Watercolor, 11 x 14″, ©Lynn Davis-Smith
This is a painting of my father-in-law, Earl. I wanted to give him something really special for his 90th birthday. I had taken a photo of him at the birthday party of one of his great grand children. It was a beautiful sunny day and he had this radiant smile that I felt really captured his essence. Earl always wears suspenders. The reality was that the suspenders were black, but I painted them red. I just thought they needed to be red to reflect his exhuberance. I also loved the shadow his hat made on his face. I knew that painting that speckled light caused by the straw hat would be a challenge, but I was happy with the result. Earl is one of the sweetest men I have ever met. I hope this painting conveys his nature.