5″x7″ acrylic, 2011. In this second of two portraits for Jennifer’s daughters, we see a prime example of a situation I often encounter: The “real,” slightly battered, well-loved toy vs. the “back-up” toy, which is pristine. Originally identical, they now are barely recognizable as related objects! In this case, the “real” Sleepy Lamby had just recently been accidentally burned and subsequently patched on its head. Jennifer sent me photos of the untouched “back-up” lamb as well in order to help me spiff up Sleepy Lamby in his portrait. So here is the lamb with his scalp intact but all the evidence of Jennifer’s daughter’s affection honestly represented in the folds and wrinkles of his face.
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