It is interesting to see Kate as a 5 or 6 year old to compare with the 17 year old portraying Mary. It is her ability to look straight down the lens with that relaxed gaze, even at this early age, that I knew I could rely on that same look to show the calm, humble, accepting Mary in the painting below.
I will show the two paintings together at the studio this weekend before they part and lead separate lives. ( Open Studios weekend at Courtyard Studios, Irvine) I hope to put together a storyboard of sorts, to show the development from idea to the final image, via studies, photo shoots, conversations and inspirations.
It will be thrown together but hopefully it will deceive as a thoroughly considered project!