Do you remember years ago, when blogging was a pretty new thing, there was a gorgeous, absolutely stunning blog called Eyes of Wonder? What an amazing blog (and an amazing mama blogger) that was. I wouldn't be the only person to say that Eyes of Wonder changed the way I viewed large family life, homeschooling, homesteading, even chores and housework. Jewels, the author, wrote beautifully and her photos were equally wonderful.
Over time, Jewels and I became internet friends ;) and recently she gave me permission to use some of her beautiful photos as inspiration for a series I'm planning to do on family. Part of what makes her photos special is the handmade, vintage-styled clothing her children wore. It made for gorgeous photos and I think it will make equally beautiful paintings.
As a thank-you, I made the very first painting especially for Jewels, and sent it off to her. These are her two eldest girls. She loved it. :)