"Lakeside Play", Oil on canvas, 16"x20", Available
June 13, 2009 update: "Lakeside Play" won 1st place in the Los Gatos Art Assocation peer group judging contest today. Thank you, fellow artists, for your votes and for your support!!!
Previous blog posting for "Lakeside Play": This is the latest in my series of oil paintings that depict people who are totally absorbed in what they are doing. This little boy was playing quietly on his own for a long time at the side of the lake, just checking out what was under the water, and throwing some pebbles every now and again. For those of you who have met my sons, you might recognize that the "model" for this painting is my younger son Erik.
In the art world, this is called a 'figurative' painting, and 'people' are called 'figures'. 'Figurative' painting differs from portrait painting in that it includes most or all of a person's body. In a portrait painting, the face is the main attraction, although a portrait may include some of the body as well.
Thanks for visiting! I'm signing off now, and heading back to the studio for some more figurative painting.