A quick line drawing or pencil sketch of a pose (portraiture) or character study can become the basis for a portrait.
One of the reasons I like to carry a camera or sketch book with me is that you never know when you’ll see something that will inspire your creative spirit.
In this case I was allowed neither. As the mother of the bride I’d have looked silly carrying my usual bag of paper and pencils, and no one was allowed to use their camera in the church except for the photographer.
So I had to do this quick colored pencil sketch from memory.
And a lovely memory it was. The flower girl, who was very shy and a bit reserved the night before at the rehearsal, took her duty totally to heart on the big day. She walked with delicate reverence, her large brown eyes downcast. Each handful of petals from her daintily held basket floated to the path around her feet as if they already knew their placement. When her golden slippers reached the end of the aisle runner at the front of the church she let one final handful of purple petals slip from her hand as though she were releasing a tiny bird. In two graceful strides she took her position next to the place where soon the bride and groom would surrender their independent, selfish ways to learn to live for each other and the hopes and dreams that they would both now share.