I learned many years ago with this painting, that I don't have to love everything that I paint. Sometimes I just need to finish it and move on. That can be exptrememly difficult when the painting you are working on is not only for someone, but a family member. To say that I have been "working on" this painting for 4 years would defiantly not be true, but it has been sitting in the back of several closets, following me around that long and it is good to be able to move on. For some reason I had a very hard time with this painting. I don't love it and I know that there are things I could change, but the painting would still be pretty much the same. I think it will be good for me to move on.
With that said, I hope that my sister enjoys this painting, as it is the last of her 4 children and the only one that I had not yet painted. It can now hang with the others as a complete set and that makes me so happy. I love you Elizabeth! I am sorry this took me so long!