The Birthday Scramble

Apologies for posting Paley’s 7th Birthday Portrait so late this year. The months of April and March were crunch time for the school auction and if I am being completely honest here. I phoned in Paley’s party this year. Bad Daddy!  While her party location was booked well in advanced, all of the other details were so last minute to my standards. In the end Paley had a wonderful Birthday. It was a bummer to not be able to invite all of her friends, having a controlled number for event like indoor skydiving helped a lot. 

Now lets talk about that amazing portrait of Paley done by artist Bec Winnel. This piece has been in the making for almost 3 years since I bought my first piece of hers just over 3 years ago. Bec is an Australian artist who’s mixed medium pieces are so incredibly life-like. The reason why it took so long to get a commission by her was due to the fact she’s one hot potato in the art world. Her pieces sell out like in minutes of a gallery opening. In Spring 2014, Bec finally gave the green light for her to Paley’s portrait in Early 2015. The long wait was worth every extra day. Of course she gave birth to a beautiful daughter right in the middle of working on Paley’s portrait. I was amazed she was already back in the studio three weeks after giving birth. A real master of her art.

Clem and I love this piece so much! And I hope some day Bec can do the twins portraits. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve seen her do a boy in her pieces but I think she could master a child flawlessly. Is this our favorite piece, I can’t really pick a favorite. I love each one because they are so different. One friend who did get to the see new portrait in our house, along side the Hsiao-Ron Chang piece we did for Paley’s 6th portrait, made the comment the two pieces were to similar. Then the art nut in me came out, pointing out the differences and especially how the Chang’s piece is clearly an abstract. Clem doesn’t want to keep to any rules and he may be right. 

For now, we are just enjoying this new addition. Yesterday my reminder for the twins next portrait just popped up. I’ve been slowly gathering artist ideas but I think we might just reconnect with a previous artist that did one of Paley’s. More to come on the new one.

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