This is for all those who tell me I'm too negative, and never post anything positive. Feast your eyes on this gorgeousness...
“Sometimes a picture is worth way more than a thousand words.
Ben Hines, 37, from North Carolina, captured the inspiring moment while visiting the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. He shared the image of the girl, who he didn’t know, to Facebook. It’s now going viral.
“It was so touching and uplifting for me to see this beautiful child looking at a beautiful portrait of a powerful woman,” Hines told BuzzFeed. “I was so delighted to have been in the right place at the right time.”
Parker’s mother, Jessica Curry, said her daughter “just wanted to stare at” the painting. “She was fascinated.”
Hines’ photograph ended up attracting Sherald’s attention. The Baltimore-based artist said on Instagram that the snap had her “feeling all the feels.”
Sherald recalled how seeing a Bo Bartlett painting of a black man during an elementary school trip made her realize she could become an artist.”
Oh, and that Bo Bartlett painting Michelle’s portraitist Amy Sherald recalled seeing when she was young? I could not suss out which one it was but here is one of his later works.“A Glory of Painting.”
Stylistically and thematically, Bartlett’s work brings to mind for me Winslow Homer.
Perhaps his most pertinent image for these days is this:“The American.”