Life’s a beach

I loved this photo that a client sent me of her two children at the beach. I was excited to paint it from the moment it showed up in my email box and I was not disappointed by the process.
The photos I receive from clients are all over the board as far as quality, lighting, resolution, etc. It’s always preferable to work from high quality images so I can see more detail and translate that into the painting. This photo had a lot going for it – great shadows, high resolution and good focus – not to mention, two cute kids.

Clara and Jack

Completed: March 21, 2010

Soundtrack: Taylor Swift

Beverage: Iced Dark Cherry Mocha


4 Responses to “Life’s a beach”

  1. Jo Powers Says:

    How do you get the teeth correct? My pictures are always closed-mouth because my teeth really suck. I love your stuff!

  2. Rachael Says:

    I have learned that the key to painting the teeth is to just sort of hint at them…not outline every tooth.

  3. debb Says:

    Ummm, I posted earlier on your here’s how I did it….I stupidly did not look around yet and asked if you painted kids. If you could kindly disregard my stupidity, I would really appreciate it and feel better.


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