Special edition this week. What else could I do?
I like the children in this first example, particularly the two girls. I think the artist caught their postures just right. No mother can not remember having a child lean over on her back like this:
I had never seen this before. I don't know whether, because of its unusual shape, it is just a part of a larger painting or not:
Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows that I am a big fan of the women illustrators who labored so long, without huge amounts of fame, producing illustrations for women's magazine covers, advertising and fairy tale books. Here's a lovely example by Jessie Wilcox-Smith:
Here's an unexpected delight from a source not known for his tenderness. However, if you do a little research, there are quite a number of delightful mother images--so obviously he had a soft spot in his heart for mothers:
This artist could really be known as "The Artist of Mother and Children" if she were to style herself the same way modern huckster artists do. I like her paintings because they portray such ordinary snippets--sewing, naps, baths. Lovely.
And finally, an image from an artist who loved painting women and women with children. I think the expression on this young mother's face is priceless and beautiful:
I have one request of you all, on this Fine Art Friday. If your mother is still alive, pick up the phone this weekend, and give her a call. Just to say hello. Just to keep in touch.
If you've lost your mom, say a prayer thanking God for the time you had her.
I know I am.
Happy Friday, ya'll!