Athena/Athena by Molly Crabapple

I’m a big fan of the artwork of Molly Crabapple, and so when I recently decided that I would like to commission a portrait of my daughter, she was the artist who immediately came to mind. Fortunately for me she had time on her schedule for the work, and was came up with something that I think is simply wonderful. Take a look at it (please note it’s still in its travel wrapping, so you’ll see bits where tape blurs things and/or there’s reflection from the mylar). I’m calling it “Athena/Athena” for reasons I think will be immediately obvious.

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And now, a quick detail:

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Honestly, I don’t think it would be possible for me to be much happier about this portrait than I am. It really is gorgeous. And even better, my daughter loves it (it was a surprise to her).  Many thanks to Molly Crabapple for the work. I love that I know such talented people as she.

37 Comments on “Athena/Athena by Molly Crabapple”

  1. That is absolutely gorgeous! I am glad Athena likes it because it looks just like her.

    I will most certainly be taking a look at the rest of Molly Crabapple’s work.

  2. Love it. Absolutely love it.

    No, I’m not crying…there’s…lots of dust in these here archives.

  3. Looks like artist did watercolor/colored in wash over paper first and then ink and high lights? Is very cool looking!

  4. The top picture has a ‘this image or video is currently unavailable.’ Perhaps because I’m in Canada?

    I can see the bottom picture just fine. It is very good.

  5. This is beautiful–almost Egyptian, with the bird-as-headdress. Your daughter is lucky!

  6. Gorgeous piece of art! And glad your daughter liked it, it would have been a shame if it hadn’t been fully appreciated

  7. I love how, even with the fanciful elements, it is so clearly a picture of her. What a lovely surprise!

  8. Like JReynolds, I couldn’t see the first picture when I opened Whatever in my inbox. Had to click on it to get it to open up in Flickr. When I came directly here, it opened up just fine.

    Beautiful picture–as others have noted, you have very talented friends!


  9. Great portrait. Such detail. Love the owl, the mythological feel, and while I don’t know Athena I think it captures her personality from things you’ve posted. Glad she likes it. Wonderful artist.

  10. Absolutely gorgeous…
    …And I hope Athena fully appreciates how lucky she is that black velvet is soooo 2008.

  11. That. Is. Gorgeous.

    I’d say it not only looks like Athena, it gives a kind of shivery foreshadowing of what she’ll look like as an adult.

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