This is a painting I did of my oldest son Luke over the Christmas break, using a limited palette of Gamblin oil paint and a smooth canvas. I started out with a reference photo I took and then worked from life to make adjustments to color and detail.
Luke is at a very (ahem) interesting age. "Not a child" as he keeps reminding me, but certainly not grown up yet. He is quite a lovable guy, always willing to give a hug or a "luv ya", but also feeling the stress of being at a difficult age of discovery, independence and growth. I wanted to capture that diametric combination of confidence and uncertainty.