Oct 14, 2017
oil on panel, 8"x8"
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I do write and paint a ton about Jose. But he is the guy I am marrying, and this series is all about the 30 days prior to walking down the aisle. So I think it's warranted.
Last night was our last date night as "single people" or "fiancés" or "people who are dating" or whatever you want to label us as. Jose came home with a huge smile on his face, super excited for the night, with a cute card featuring a rhino with a heart on the tip of it's horn saying "I love you." My heart melted, not only because of the card but because of his smile.
Jose has one of the humblest, heart-warming and inviting smiles around. It was one of the things that I immediately liked about him: his smile worked it's way up to his eyes, and I felt like I could catch a little glimpse of his beautiful soul. Poetic, I know, but his soul is beautiful and so incredibly giving. I judged 100% correctly, as to this day he is the sweetest, giving and gracious person I know. I just had to paint his smile for one of these paintings in this series; it says a ton about who he is.
I promise, I won't go on and on about him and how amazing he is, because that can take a while. But I will go into the background on this reference photo.
This reference photo was cropped from a larger selfie we took in front of the San Francisco City Hall right after picking up our marriage license. It was 8am on a Thursday, a windy and foggy morning in the city, and we were both beaming. This was taken back in September, right at the beginning of this painting challenge. We were bundled together, grasping the license to keep it from flying away (which would've made for a great painting as well), as we took at least 20 selfies on my phone due to the unreliability of the wind. We were so genuinely happy, and we decided to continue our happiness into a date day over a cup of coffee at a new coffee shop near the civic center.
Just looking at his smile I can identify what was going on and how we felt at that precise moment. I was compelled to paint this smile during this challenge because I keep thinking about how excited I am to see his smiling (and sobbing) face as I walk down the aisle to meet him on our wedding morning (we aren't doing a first look, so it will definitely be waterworks).His smile last night was so similar, and this title is so fitting because he won't stop playing "Tu Sonrisa" by Elvis Crespo (he insisted so hard that it be included in the wedding playlist during the reception so, spoiler alert, it will be played at the wedding).