I never met Duncan, but his charm came through in the photos and videos I watched to prepare for this painting. He was obviously a delightful boy.
I knew exactly what I wanted the end product to look like right away and it gave me the confidence to experiment with surface texture which I have never really done before. Painting this portrait was a wonderful experience and I’m happy with the way it turned out.
I’m also very pleased with the rubber bands Eric and I rigged up to transport it in while the face was still wet.
Much to my bafflement, my son Daniel has never really been interested in drawing. He’d rather do math problems, study historical maps or read a book. But lately his passion for geography and ever active imagination has led him to draw maps of places from his make believe games…and of course monsters that inhabit those lands. Naturally I wanted to encourage him, so we combined our artwork to create this little picture of Catchie (Daniel’s adventurous alter-ego) and his pet, the flying fire fish!
It’s very liberating to paint just for practice with no ambitious masterpiece in mind. Here’s a little head study I did a couple nights ago. It was extremely satisfying just painting for painting’s sake, I need to work on little pictures like this more often!
I’m pretty sure that when Rebecca was born all of the regular baby-delivering storks were booked, so whoever is in charge of such things decided to send her via owl instead. It would explain the nocturnal habits she has exhibited from the moment of her arrival. She also seems to have a particular affinity for the birds. On family trips to the zoo, sleepy owls inevitably wake up at her approach and turn their heads to say hello. Coincidence? Maybe. But I thought it deserved a painting 🙂 And while I was at it I threw in some stars since her favorite song is (appropriately) “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
So here’s a twinkling star for my adventurous little night owl.