Portrait of a Little Sailor

Vintage Valentine by vintagebeachkids

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

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

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

Vintage Sailor Dolls by paprikarose

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