Ice-Cream and a Ladybug, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 240 cm
This painting started with the eponymous ice-cream and ladybug. I was babysitting my nephew Khaldoun, had three empty canvases prepped for painting and thought: why not let him play a little?
If you look at the bottom right hand corner, there are two white spots amid the blue. Those are K’s drawings. I left them for two reasons. The first one: I couldn’t bare to paint over them, so I worked around them as if they were priceless relics found at an archeological dig.The second reason: he actually identified them as ‘ice-cream’ and ‘ladybug’, something I thought was quite precocious for a two-year-old, as each held a resemblance to its designated identification.
Clever little artist Khaldoun Alkandari.
I liked her with white eyes. Someone commented how the background here looks like a sunset in the distance.