Mi Vieja, 2006, oil on panel, 10 x 8 inches
I just got done with my mother's portrait. It took a long time to get started due to my fear that I would mess up. Once the first layers of paint were applied there was no going back. This is my second portrait ever and I'm very happy with the outcome. I think I'm going to be doing more. I love the challenge that a portrait brings, there are so many different colors in the human flesh that trying to capture all of them is exciting. When I first decided to do a portrait of my mother I knew that I wanted something straight forward and simple. Something that would suit the simplicity of her character. I am very proud of this one, and I'm debating whether or not I should keep it or give it to her for Christmas. I'll decide when December comes.