Members of the Wedding

Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold press paper, 22 x 30 inches.  This was a photo I took in the hotel room while my daughter was getting dressed for her wedding in November 1999. The little flower girls are the children of my other two daughters. Two are sisters, the other their cousin.  The two little ones on the ends were in the wedding, but the munchkin looking at me wasn't quite 3 years old yet.  Mommy bought her a dress similar to the others' so she would feel a part of the doings.

The significance of this painting for me is great. The sisters and their mom were living with us while she went through a divorce. Never a pleasant thing, even when it is necessary. Little Holly (facing the camera) was not handling the weekend visits to her father well, having many issues including being difficult to get to bed every night. I don't know why, but I had the magic that got her to settled down and to sleep. She and I spent a lot of time together, what with mom at work and sister in school.  I was her rock for that season and she followed me everywhere. It's very telling that she is the only one looking at me while I snap the photo.  She's 16 now and doing just fine.

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About Susan Harper

Hmm, bio:  Let's see.  I've lived a considerable time, so it's hard to know where to begin.  I'm originally from San Francisco, married, raised four kids, have 8 grand kids, still married to the same sweet baboo living on the North West coast of California near Humboldt State U.  I've done some kind of art work all my life, but didn't start to paint until late 2007.  Artists often comment on how hard watercolor is, so I thought, "What the heck. How about I take the challenge".  And whaddya know!  Who woulda  thunk it?  I took to watercolor like a duck takes to, uh, water.  So, as a senior citizen  I'm just beginning a new career. To tell you the truth, I never set out to sell any paintings, just to learn.  That all happened in spite of me.  Now I often don't have anything to put up for sale, because I do commission work and it's gone before it's painted.  I'm hoping to get some inventory built up, but my style of painting requires a good deal of time.