Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Connor - Portrait of a child on the monkey bars

16 x 20
Oil on Raymar Panel

This is the third in the series of three paintings of children at the park.  It was so fun to take the photographs.  It took me about 10 minutes to assess personalities and discover their favorite activities.  Once that was figured out ... getting a good action shot of each child was next on the agenda.  Capturing the personality of each child is essential in my mind.  

Connor is the oldest and was quite adept at climbing.  The monkey bars were his choice.  The next challenge was getting a series of good photos from which to work.  As with all kids there was a small window of opportunity until the photo shoot was over.  

Here are the portraits of Alaura and Brennan so you can see all three together.  I love that each child has their own personality in these pieces.  The background is blue in each piece because the sky is the limit...they are just starting out in life and there are no boundaries to hold them back.  There is so much promise...so much adventure...so much life ahead.  I absolutely loved doing this series.  


  1. This is a great series! Love to see all 3 together! So fun to paint movement isn't it? These are great!

  2. These are really fantastic, Maria! I love seeing them all together. I understand why you loved painting this series ... it shows in each portrait!!

  3. A really lovely series Maria...they compliment one and another!!

  4. A really lovely series Maria...they compliment one and another!!

  5. What a beautiful series, Maria...I love the expression on his face...you do so well with children!!!

  6. Those are precious! They will be family treasures for sure!


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