Tess and Maya


I had a lovely surprise yesterday.    Tess and Maya (the two models in this image) have returned from S. America after three years and will be modelling again this summer….

This prompted me to tell the story of Tess and Maya.


Three years ago, when I was doing a lot of life painting at the Boathouse Studios,  I arrived to find a  lovely young model accompanied by her Mother who was looking after her new baby.

During the break, the young girl said that she would have to go home because of the baby….and so it was suggested that they model together.


The studio was very warm and quiet.   Little Maya settled in with her Mother and totally relaxed….


This was quite a fast watercolour…..and here you will see that I am adding a dark into the negative space, surrounding Mother and child. 


Which leads me to the final frame.

Such a beautiful experience….and so now I look forward to painting Tess and Maya again, only this time little Maya is three years old….


Another one of those days when the magical hummingbirds were definitely hovering:)


A Bientôt

24 thoughts on “Tess and Maya

  1. ShimonZ

    I remember so well, when first you posted these images. I loved them then and I love them now. Truly, classical masterpieces, each one, It is a pleasure to study them again.


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