When I saw the reference photo by Lorri Lang on Pixabay, I just knew I needed to paint it! =The scene reminded so much of the simpler times of my childhood. Although this was not a memory of something I ever experienced myself, I think with everything kids have these days being either automated or electronic, seeing a child spending a lazy summer day with just a fishing pole & a pail is something to be recreated in a painting.
I felt that the original photograph had a very dramatic look to it, and being darker with the colors being less saturated...that worked very well as a photo, but as a painting, I think it needed a brighter, more colorful palette. Instead of the camouflage-patterned hat he had on, I decided to have him wearing a plain green baseball cap...which to me added to the more simple theme I was trying to portray. I very much enjoyed exploring all the colors I 'saw' in the boards of the wooden pier, including the yellow in the highlights, the blue and aqua that's in the shadows...as well as all the different hues that were in the metal pail he had set near him for his future catch.
oil paint, linseed oil, canvas board