Vintage Valentine by vintagebeachkids
I am very excited about a new portrait I will be painting titled "Little Sailor Boy" . The painting will be of a 18 month year old cutie pie that has a smile that can melt hearts. My client and I are in the initial stages of figuring out what type of portrait would be most suitable and I thought I share with you the starting stages of this portrait.
As with any portrait quick mock-ups along with my ideas for what the portrait might look like are presented. At first we were thinking about a painting that could be hung in the child's room. In order to stay with a childlike theme, I came up with this option that shows a little boy in a boat in the ocean. A friendly whale and some happy looking fish are passing by. A painting like that will have a story book like feel to it and fit great in a young boy's room, whose room decor has a nautical feel to it.
Portrait proposal for child's room
I tend to look at portraits as an investment that lasts a lifetime and therefore also like to make suggestions for a painting layout that can be suitable for display in any other room, once the child has outgrown the toddler years.
The image below shows a similar nautical theme, but the child is now seated on a beach, by the water's edge. This type of painting will be much more realistic in feel and can later on be moved to the parent's bedroom or even given to grandparents as a gift.
Child Portrait showing child at the beach
In the latter version the child becomes the sole focal point in the painting. Nautical elements still exist as well, like a paddle in the foreground and a toy boat behind the child. Sand, water and a blue sky will frame the seated child.
Ok, I have to get back to painting ~ will post more as soon as my client decides which option she likes best.
Vintage Sailor Dolls by paprikarose