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This commissioned painting is probably one of the more enjoyable “for profit” pieces I’ve worked on. One reason is because I was able to work from my own photograph. Being able to form my own composition from the beginning is always an ideal situation. I took more than 30 photographs of this child. After his mother, grandmother, a friend of their family, and I reviewed the digital photos, we all came to an agreement on which image was the best representation of him, and which might translate best into an oil painting. I wanted to use the projector for this piece, but the only projector that I had access to was too dim to be useful. I decided to loosley freehand the contour of the image with a piece of white chalk.


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  • cmnathan
    cmnathanover 3 years ago

    William, this painting is quite striking in its color, lighting and composition. A very intimate, peaceful portrait. Beautiful work!

  • Thank you very much!!

    – William Thomas

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyover 3 years ago

    I feel you captured the innocence of childhood, and I am sure of him as well!

  • Hi Ellen. Thank you so much for your feedback. I appreciate it.

    – William Thomas

  • Judah Johansen
    Judah Johansenabout 3 years ago

    Wow, gorgeous image and inspired lighting.

  • Thank you Judah!

    – William Thomas

  • Tricia Winwood
    Tricia Winwoodover 2 years ago

    Brilliantly done x

  • Thank you!

    – William Thomas

  • This is an amazingly late reply, but thank you Tricia!

    – William Thomas

  • cindy50
    cindy50over 1 year ago

    Well done! – click on the banner to view your work

  • Thank you, Jacqui!

    – William Thomas

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