Portrait of a missing girl.
Inspired by the blurry, monochrome photo printed on a disposable flier.
When the French Impressionists, like August Renoir and Mary Cassatt painted their little children, they bathed them in soft, vibrant color and sunlight.
Their broken paint strokes shimmer and blend in the viewers eye...
Yet there is another aspect to Impressionism that I embrace: That is, the celebration of the humble and the real.
Edgar Degas chose simple ballet students and bathers to honor. Eduard Manet chose awkward prostitutes and street people for his models.
Then of course, was their interest in early photography... They would have been fascinated by the small blurred photo of this missing girl, caught at a moment of happiness, smiling, outdoors.
The Impressionists rejected the heroic Gods and Goddesses in favor of the overlooked, unsung person.
In this grand tradition, this little girl, lost in the world, deserves to be remembered and honored in a rainbow of color.