These three little grandbabies belong to Mark and Peggi Schartner who live in Illinois. This painting, commissioned by Luke & Jenny Schartner as a gift for Mark & Peggi, is of a photograph taken of the little ones while visiting the Schartner lake house. I love how each of the grandbabies can be identified by the signature Schartner blonde hair :)
In order to blend the colors to create a realistic replication of the photo, I chose to work with oil on this piece. I especially enjoyed working on the kids, with their hair and also the cast shadows their bodies made on the dock. Thanks to a picture of the Schartner Lake House interior decor provided by Jenny, I modified some of the kids' clothing colors (reds, navys, yellows, greens) to match their house.
The 2-inch edge of the canvas is always fun to paint, since it has a 3-D effect on the look of the painting.
My Sparrow "watermark" at the bottom edge of the canvas.