Abbott Handerson Thayer's painting My Children exhibits free, loose brushwork, giving an impressionistic feel--most forms are hinted at, rather than being rendered in great detail, save for the children's faces, which are slightly more detailed, with calm, neutral expressions. The three children form a triangular composition, and the piece is further balanced by the foliage in the background which, along with the middle child, evenly divides the image into two halves. The eye is immediately drawn to the middle child, who is taller and is dressed in a stark white dress that contrasts nicely with the relative darkness and muted feel of the rest of the painting. The sky provides dramatic splashes of color that further add to this contrast, and give the painting an almost otherworldly feel. The eye, immediately drawn to the middle figure, is then drawn downward to her arms, which hold some leaves out in front of her like an offering. The younger children flanking her hold their arms up and toward the middle child as though presenting her or encouraging her forward.