Family Portrait

YES….I’ve been gone awhile….but I’m back and I have lots to share.

My hubby and I welcomed our beautiful grandson into the world on September 7th…..Max Tiberius Goode.  Feeling so very blessed!  His Mom and Dad had decided on a “Lion King” theme for his nursery so I have been hard at work creating a very special painting for Max.  Being mindful of copyright laws, let me say that this was done as a gift for my grandson and I did not directly ‘copy’ any specific artwork…but I certainly used the characters as my inspiration of this “family portrait”.

This painting was done on a 24″ by 36″ cradled ampersand gessobord with Golden fluid Matt acrylics.  I took a few photos along my ‘painting journey’……..


My sketch


Washing color and playing with values and techniques


Moving forward…adding more details and textures



Finished Baby


Finished adoring Mom and Dad


Completed “Family Portrait”


Signed by “GiGi”, of course!


and Baby Max approved!

I’ve also finished a watercolor painting, “Sparrow and Flowers”


This is a great beginning watercolor painting and I am working on the ‘how to’ videos for the “GoodeStudio Classroom”.

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22 Responses to Family Portrait

  1. Vic Lord September 28, 2016 at 5:37 am #

    LOVE the Lion King painting!!!!! Congrats on the new Grandbaby! Love his name!

    • Debbie Goode October 8, 2016 at 8:15 am #

      Thanks Vic! It was way fun to do!

  2. Kelli Spencer September 28, 2016 at 5:41 am #

    Beautiful!! You can feel the love.

    • Debbie Goode October 8, 2016 at 8:16 am #

      Aw….thank you Kelli!

  3. Deborah Weber September 28, 2016 at 5:56 am #

    Congratulations on the sweet new addition to your family. And what a lovely present – such a delightful, love-filled painting Debbie!

    • Debbie Goode October 8, 2016 at 8:17 am #

      Thank you Deborah! It was such a joy to do and I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with Max!

  4. Bea Kline September 28, 2016 at 8:44 am #

    Absolutely stunning love the lion king family picture wow!

    • Debbie Goode October 8, 2016 at 8:17 am #

      Thanks Bea….the painting was so much bigger then I usually do, but a ton of fun!

  5. Alison Miller September 28, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    Another great work of art, Debbie. Max will treasure this painting.

  6. Kim September 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    What gorgeous paintings, Debbie!

    • Debbie Goode October 8, 2016 at 8:19 am #

      Thank you Kim! It was a big one! LOL!

  7. Amy Putkonen September 29, 2016 at 5:21 am #

    Hi Debbie,

    What a beautiful grandson you have! Oh my. I can see why you’ve been away! I love your bird watercolor!

    So you inspired me to take up watercolor. I went through some of your course and then signed up for a live class locally. I’ve really been enjoying it! Watercolor is SO FUN.

    • Debbie Goode October 8, 2016 at 8:22 am #

      Thank you Amy! What an honor it is to have inspired you to try watercolor. I’m woefully behind on updating my classes, but I have another in the works which I will be posting soon!!! Enjoy and please, if I can ever answer any questions don’t hesitate to contact me!

  8. Naomi September 29, 2016 at 5:56 am #

    That is incredible! I love your painting. Congrats on your grandson!

    • Debbie Goode October 8, 2016 at 8:22 am #

      Thank you Naomi! So many blessing in my life these days.

  9. anna September 29, 2016 at 7:11 am #


  10. Kelly L McKenzie September 29, 2016 at 7:29 am #

    Now, my word, you have been busy. No wonder it’s been quiet here of late. What a lucky, lucky fellow to have such a talented GiGi in his life. Your Lion King painting is incredible and I love how you painted it on a board and not directly on the wall. Max will have this all his life. Very special indeed. And your sparrow is so alive! I can almost hear him peeping. What’s up next, Debbie?

    • Debbie Goode October 8, 2016 at 8:24 am #

      Thank you so much Kelly! As to what’s next….you never know….but I am in a rather ‘spooky’ mood these days! Boo!

  11. Nanette Levin September 29, 2016 at 8:26 am #

    What a fun gift idea for your grandson and his parents! Glad to have you back, Debbie. The sparrow watercolor is stunning. Great colors.

  12. Debbie Goode October 8, 2016 at 8:25 am #

    Thank you Nanette… was quite a dry spell and I’m certainly glad to be getting back into painting and blogging!