*He holds the future in his grasp
This boy, then only three
Secure in his loving clasp
While sitting on his knee
Such joy I see within Dad’s eyes
As he looks at my son
And laughter from my son does rise
As both of them have fun
No greater gift to each of them
Could I hope to bestow
More precious than the biggest gem
In my heart I do know
For love and joy can not be bought
It only can be shared
Although it surely can be caught
By photo when they’re paired*
This artwork was inspired by my son, Dylan, while going through some old photos to get them ready to convert to digital format. It shows him many years ago, content and happy in the arms of his Grand Dad… my father.
I made this for both Dylan and my father, so they could remember those precious moments shared long ago, and relive them again for a few moments each time they viewed the artwork.
The digital painting was created in Photoshop from a scan of the original 5 × 7 inch photo. I wish that I could have scanned the original 35mm negative, but scanners capable of getting a good resolution of a 35mm neg are still in the $2000 neighborhood, and therefore, quite beyond my means at this point.
The original is 4800 × 6000 pixels at 300 pixels per inch, over 300% larger than the photo it was made from. Because the original is so large and difficult to see over the internet, I have included a few of detail cutaways below. The detail cutaways are at 33% of the size of the finished painting.