I love old photographs from the late 1800s (correct me if I’m wrong on the time period!). I always seek them out on my antique mall and flea market hunts. I’ve collected quite a few at this point and for about 2 years I have wanted to add color paints to them and embellish them in in some way. I finally got around to making my first one.
Each photograph is so different, I just sit staring at each one and ask them what they’d like painted on them. This one wanted to be a queen bee. I made it when my favorite young artist came over for an art date so she could make a mother’s day present for her mother. You can see in the photograph that I did a practice run on a photocopy before I painted on the real photo.
She wanted to give the photocopy practice to her younger sister. She explained to her dad what I was doing: “A lot of people don’t want these old photographs anymore but Harper is going to paint them and make everyone want them again”. She politely requested one of a woman with a big rainbow behind her and lots of colors.
You can find this one in my Etsy Shop. I can’t wait to do more!