I painted this portrait of a boy at the beach playing in the sand for a family who wanted a painting of their son playing at one of his favorite places. The boy and his family very much enjoyed their summer days digging in the sand and making sandcastles. They took a lot of photos while at the beach and wanted to also have a painting to always remind them of their fun summer days.
I did the artwork in watercolor and gouache paints and worked from photos supplied by the family. For this painting, as is often the case, the photos I had to work with were simple snapshots which were not the most clear or properly exposed as professional photos might be. I love working from snapshots like those, even if they are a bit more challenging, as it is a way to transform an ordinary picture that might be overlooked into a work of art worthy of display.
We all have photos like those, snapshot pictures that capture meaningful moments, but not captured with a quality that calls for enlarging, printing and framing. Sometimes those photos and moments can be salvaged and transformed by turning them into paintings! To demonstrate this I am announcing a special opportunity for a lucky subscriber to win a free painting:
- If you aren’t already subscribed to the website please see the “Subscribe” button at the top of the right sidebar menu.
- Go through your photos to find something special that you’d like to see turned into a painting.
- Use the Contact form to send me a link to where I can view the pictures. If you aren’t hosting your pictures on a photo sharing site then let me know in the contact form so I can help you submit photos by email instead.
- I will accept submissions of photos until September 15, 2017 and then pick the lucky winner who will be notified by email.
- A digital and print-ready version of the completed painting will be returned by email!
It is my hope, but not a requirement for you to enter, that the winner of the painting might allow me to share the artwork here so others can see the results.
Ready! Set! Go! – Start searching through your photos, recent or old, color or black and white! Good luck everyone!