Saturday, January 18, 2014

Kicking Up A Spray

8"x10" Oil on Gessoed Panel
with Palette Knife

It's hard to believe that my oldest child will be turning 14 in a few days. He is an amazing young man—full of energy and ability. As a baby, he went straight from crawling to running and has never slowed down since. So far, his achievements are high academics, 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and First Class Boy Scout. His additional interests are gaming, reading, Model UN, drama, band (trumpet), snow skiing, and lastly, waterskiing. That is the inspiration for today's painting.

This is a portrait of my son slalom skiing last summer. He had just mastered how to "kick up a spray." It was a real challenge to paint. But like many of my paintings, what seemed impossible in the beginning, ended up to be a great painting. I'm really jazzed about how the spray turned out—and was surprised at the amount of detail I got in the figure.

So, Happy Birthday, my boy! Keep on running!

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