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Fourteen Mother and Child Paintings

February 28, 2011

ATTENTION: The most recent update for this project is here.


Fourteen Mother and Child Frames

Okay. I couldn’t help myself. I bought fourteen ornate, ready-made frames. This is unusual for me, because my standard modus operandi is to custom-design the frame to fit the painting. This time around, I’m letting the frames inspire the paintings. Fourteen Mother and Child paintings.


Famous blogger and my friend C. Jane came to the studio to help me get this started…and we need your help. Below is a demo video that she, Chris, and I put together, and below the video you’ll find more about the paintings and how you can help.

Okay, so my goal is to finish all fourteen paintings by March 31st–that gives me one month! At that point we all (including you) need to decide on one image to turn into a Mother’s Day card and a fine art print. The prints and cards will be available through the months of April and May. Fifty percent of all proceeds from the sale of prints and cards will go to benefit children whose parents have cancer, at Camp Kesem. You can follow the progress of the fourteen paintings below. Around March 31st, I will post a form so you can help us decide which image to choose:

If you’ve scrolled all the way down here and don’t want to scroll back up, here are links to the demo video, C. Jane’s blog, and Camp Kesem.

33 Comments leave one →
  1. Jennifer permalink
    February 28, 2011 8:39 pm

    If all the pieces turn out as beautiful as the first, it will be very difficult to choose one. Thank you for sharing the video – it was so neat to see the process of making the painting. I hope maybe you will also do an exhibit like the one you did for the portraits of Christ.

  2. February 28, 2011 9:22 pm

    love the project. love the video. i’ll help spread the word.

  3. Cheree Daley permalink
    March 1, 2011 8:17 pm

    Kirk! I saw your link on FB…and decided to check it out. I really like your new web space…looking good. I also really enjoyed your video. It was fun to think back when we came there with Emily and the Joy School kids to show them how you do all this. You have an amazing talent…good luck…I can’t wait to see the rest…

  4. March 3, 2011 8:51 am

    Absolutely gorgeous.

  5. March 3, 2011 11:06 am

    *Sigh* It’s just so beautiful.

  6. March 3, 2011 8:14 pm

    incredible! really moved me. i sensed the whole picture to come life when i could envision the mother’s face. and that sweet baby! oh, i just loved it. thank you!

  7. March 3, 2011 11:33 pm

    I just watched the video and really enjoyed watching the whole process. The finished product is beautiful. I noticed you have some “undecided” frames. As a mother of adopted children, I would love to see the miracle of adoption captured in your unique style. There is something about looking down and my son and daughters hands and remembering the journey that brought us together that is a powerful reminder to me that God has a plan for each little spirit He sends to Earth. I will keep watching as you continue painting. What a great theme and worthwhile project!

  8. March 4, 2011 7:24 am

    I loved the video it was truly awesome and inspiring. This is such a great idea, I am looking forward to all paintings coming up on this blog. Thank you for sharing.

  9. March 9, 2011 11:43 pm

    I am in tears. I loved watching the process of that beautiful piece of art–it is a masterpiece in my eyes.

  10. March 14, 2011 2:38 pm

    I am LOVING watching these paintings come together. Really, really splendid.

  11. March 28, 2011 10:27 pm

    P.S. I sent an email through your other website inquiring about purchasing one of these paintings. I’d love some info on that. Thanks.

  12. March 29, 2011 6:13 pm

    For a Mother’s Day card I like #5 so far. The reason I like this one is that it is representational of all women as mothers and nurturers of all children, at least in my mind.
    Love the blog. Loved the video. Would LOVE to own my own J. Kirk Richards original.

  13. March 31, 2011 9:59 pm

    Putting dibs on #1, it’s my favorite and my son said it looks like me 🙂 Do let me know if you sell them and how much, or I hope that one makes it to print. It’s the deep rich colors…beautiful.

  14. March 31, 2011 11:59 pm

    Just revisited the blog, and noticed you created a picture of a transracial mother and child. I love it! So….are these paintings going to be for sale? just curious….and interested :).
    All of them capture some aspect of motherhood.
    This has been such a fun project to follow.


  15. April 4, 2011 4:34 pm

    Absolutely beautiful Kirk! It’s difficult to choose, but I think #7 is my favorite.

  16. Kaye Hamilton permalink
    April 4, 2011 7:46 pm

    These are beautiful, Kirk. I can’t wait to see the prints. I also saw your painting at the Church Museum. I love your work.

  17. Amy permalink
    April 5, 2011 1:31 am

    7 is stunning. love it! Truthfully – they’re all gorgeous for their own reason, but 7 is my fav.

  18. April 5, 2011 7:15 am

    I love #8 the best–but am not sure if it is right for a mother’s day card. My second choice would be 7. But then I also love 1 and 2. Face it. They’re all beautiful!

  19. Stacy Cardon permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:29 am

    I am voting for number 5. I am a new mother of an African American little boy, and the rest of our family is Caucasian. Motherhood knows no color. Thank you for portraying this unconditional love.

  20. molly permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:08 am

    As a mother that can no longer have biological children, I adore #5, and hope that will be me one day. 🙂

  21. Janelle Perkins permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:05 pm

    I love number 14. The contrast is striking, and so beautiful!

  22. Jill Holyoak permalink
    April 6, 2011 12:01 am

    Hi Kirk,

    I doubt you’d remember me but I worked at the BYU Bookstore Art & Frame Dept when they first started carrying your work. I served in Italy so we talked about that a few times. Anyway, I continue to follow your work. You are so great. That “Fishers of Men” original you brought in one time is my all time favorite. So gorgeous. I’ve never forgotten it. Take care!


  23. Rebecca W permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:17 pm

    I am totally loving #1, #2, #7, #14. Any chance that these might be for sale? How to get a print etc…..

  24. Laura permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:18 pm

    I like #5 the best!

  25. Teresa permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:24 pm

    Love #7 the most – wonderfully done

  26. April 7, 2011 8:56 am

    My vote is for number 7 – I just think the baby is so realistic in that painting! But they are ALL beautiful!

  27. Erica permalink
    April 7, 2011 11:24 am

    Beautiful work! #7 is my favorite. Will you be selling prints? I would love to purchase.

  28. Lisa permalink
    May 23, 2011 6:04 am

    I want one!

  29. June 24, 2011 2:13 pm

    love the progress on the project……and i think you have done excellent job.
    although i like them all, my favorite is #11


  30. August 30, 2012 1:57 am

    amazing! you’re genius Kirk


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