9×12 original pastel on sanded paper
Each painting is a challenge for me to be a little more daring with colors, looseness, and creativity. I like lots of thick buttery strokes of pastel and lots of color. I aim to go well beyond realism, leaving my feeling about the subject. I just love the way this little boy “hangs” on the fence, scrunched up, with a rounded back. His red shirt aggressively pulls the viewer’s eye into the painting, contrasted with the green in the background. His sister looks on.