40 x 30
I wanted to capture that moment of thought, and to give a sense of the timelessness of children's play. I found it easiest to do this by taking him out of a believable landscape and creating a world of light, colour and energy around him; a heightened reality that suggested water, sand and sky, but wasn't tied to these specifics. By merging his figure with this environment, I hoped to amplify the pensive gesture that drew me to paint him in the first place.
That sounds pretty cerebral but it was just the opposite while I was actually painting. My method was to work instinctively in colour and light, eliminating boundaries between the subject and his surroundings, and weaving the work together to create a moment. If I got it right, this moment feels deep and rich, like the child's thoughts.