It feels like it’s been a long while since I’ve written a post here! In the past couple of months, I’ve mostly taken a break from painting, as I’ve been focusing my artistic energy on building out a few of my Etsy shops (The Accounting Artist, Spanglish América and Kids Yoga Art).
However, luckily I have my wife to keep me on track for our personal paintings in our home! There is one that has been pending for some time, and now I’ve got a due date to get it done, which is helpful. It’s of our youngest son doing downward dog, which will match another one I did a couple years ago of our older son doing downward dog.
Here is a progress photo of the painting, which will be a combination of oil (for the portrait part) and acrylic (for the background).
This portrait drawing was given to celebrate the Dad’s college graduation! The photo that the drawing is based on was taken at his thesis presentation, where he proudly holds his newborn son. This drawing is an 8″ x 10″ on paper, drawn with artist graphite pencils.
Earlier this year, my wife, son and I went down to Palm Harbor, Florida to visit my parents in the same house that my grandmother used to live in. I think our son slept nearly the whole drive there, which was like a dream come true for him! We jokingly said it was the best day of his life.
Seeing the Ocean for the First Time!
During our visit, we went to Honeymoon Island one evening, which was our son’s first time seeing the ocean. He was actually asleep in his car seat as we pulled up, so we carried him in his seat over to the beach, and plopped down while watching the sun slowly go down over the waves. You could smell the sea salt, hear the songs of the seagulls, and feel a light breeze in the air. To these peaceful, natural sounds, our son woke up in his seat and gazed out upon the ocean for the first time. I think he really connected with the nature…he usually cries when he wakes up, but he was as peaceful as could be, as he gently woke up while peering out into the beautiful seascape.
Oil Portrait Painting
After a few minutes passed, we all got up and waded out into the water and took photos. This 11″ x 14″ oil painting on canvas is based off of one of those photos, while my wife was holding him:
A few weeks ago my wife, son and I went to Florida for a few days, and it was the first time our son saw the ocean! He was actually asleep when pulled in to the parking lot, so we carried him out in his car seat and sat on the beach, about 30 ft from the water, listening to the sounds of the waves, and watching the sun slowly make its way down the horizon. After a few minutes, our son calmly woke up and gazed out upon the ocean. It was serene. Eventually, we got him out of his seat and made our way into the water (holding him above the water, of course!).
This oil portrait is going to be a photo of him being held over the water, gazing out into the sea.
As with all of my portraits, it starts with meticulous measuring and drawing! As this progresses, you’ll see it turn from a simple drawing to a colorful and lively oil portrait!