|Green Pond 16 x 12|
Colour was my focus as I planned this piece. The boy's skin caught colour from the sky on his upper surfaces, from the water on planes that faced downward, and also from his own skin. You can see the latter in the chin and chest where colour bounced back and forth turning both warm and peachy.
The camera didn't capture all of this - no camera can - but I made a lot of mental observations and tried to record the key points in my mind. Then, using the photo as a supplementary resource to these memories, I painted the picture soon after the actual day. The photo was really only useful for showing me the shape of the child; everything else was recollection.
While my memory may be faulty in many ways, I think I created a more interesting image by using it than I could have if I'd trusted the photo and copied what I found there.
Stay warm, and happy painting!