I worked on this painting with the model a bit more. The model has a really kind manner, and is well suited for painting of this sort. Initially, I planned to put my wife into this composition, but she’s pretty busy with our three boys, and was unable to do so composition this involved.
I plan to bring my youngest baby into the composition, though he has been a bit sick lately. He’s okay, but the doctor just told us that he has a double ear infection. The way that my wife holds our baby on the couch at night, and the way that Quinn reaches up to touch her face. Lately, I am so moved by the way that a mother is a covering to her children. In the book of Luke, Jesus says “… how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…” What beautiful imagery. I’m hoping to get these things into the painting.