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).
Yesterday as I was driving home, I was thinking about how special it is that my two sons are both under two years old right now, and how brief a moment in time this will be. I can’t believe they’ll be men one day.
This is a mural I actually completed a couple of months ago in my sons room, but haven’t gotten around to posting a completed picture of it yet!
It’s a “forest friends” themed mural, with evergreen trees, mountains, a stream with fish, and several different animals – deer, fox, squirrel, doves, owl, cardinal, a sparrow bird, butterflies, and a boy flying a kite.
Like my Dad did to me, you might ask “Won’t a kite get stuck in the trees?” Well, maybe in real life! But this is a childhood world of imagination, fun and freedom, where kites don’t get stuck in trees. Or if they do, you just climb up the tree and untangle it!
This mural has been challenging to photograph in a way that reflects its true colors and shading, what with the way light comes into the room, but I’ve tried to Photoshop this the best I could:
Here is a photo of further progress on the forest friends mural, which is nearing completion! I added in a deer, cardinal bird, smiling owl, evergreen trees, mountains and clouds. My one and a half year-old son loved to see the “tweet tweet” birdies and the “woof woof” deer, while pointing at the mural and saying “whoaaaaa”. Any four-legged animal is equivalent to a dog to him. More photos to come upon completion!