This painting of my daughter Madeline is from an old photo. I like the breezy attitude of the pose and the feeling of summer. The patterning on top of the figure is a chrysanthemum pattern from a samurai crest. Madeline is now living in Japan and I wanted to include a reference to her adopted culture. The swoosh layered across the top completes the composition and helps the eye travel through the painting.
My favorite artist who uses pattern and repetition is Kehinde Wiley. The Ft. Worth Modern has a fantastic example of his work, Colonel Platoff on His Charger.
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