Matilda In The Red Dress ~ by r. tolbert

A couple of years ago, Larry bought me a huge gallery canvas. It is about 5’…and very hard to manage. It didn’t fit on my easel and the size intimidated me. It stayed in storage for a very long time.

In 2019, when Matilda was here for a weekend, I had an idea for the huge canvas. I had her stand between the sun and the canvas. I sketched her silhouette onto the giant canvas (she was around 7 years old at the time and the sketch was life size). After sketching, I hung the canvas in our bedroom. I LOVED the sketch. I loved it so much that I did not want to paint it.

Then, during 2020, I had an idea for the canvas and moved it to my work room. (it took me days to arrange the blocks where I wanted them, it was interesting how well they meshed together) Then I started the painting what is now known as “Matilda In The Red Dress”…….

Photo: Painting in Progress.

It took me about a month and a half to complete the painting. I sat on a child’s chair for much of the upper work and on the floor for for the bottom half of the canvas.

“Matilda In The Red Dress” was complete in 2020. It is hanging in The Cottage.

Photo: Matilda In The Red Dress. 48″ X 60″ Oil on gallery canvas. 2020

I took this photo moments ago. It is raining outside and wish that the colors were truer.

There is a much smaller canvas ready for pigment. Planning a project is half the fun, on the other hand, is focusing on the ART. It helps you forget everything else going on in the world.

Love you beyond the moon.


2 thoughts on “Matilda In The Red Dress ~ by r. tolbert

  1. Sandy says:

    Love this!

  2. robin says:

    Sandy, Thank you.

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