Friday, September 18, 2009

Kai - A Boy & His Ball (cont.)

Kai - A Boy and His Ball
16x20 oil

Sorry, I just realize it has been about ten days since I posted progress on this piece...long overdue. Unfortunately the photo is not true to color and I am disappointed in it; however, that is usually the case...a photo never does the real thing justice. A lot more yet to do on it, but other than the fact that I think more dark/light contrast is needed and he seems to appear older, I am pleased with it.

I'm not particularly fond of the title so I'm open to suggestions. Usually, I come up with a title at the onset of a piece or when I am in the actual creating/painting, but this time I can't get past my "temporary" title. That could mean that this is what the title should be...???

I live next door to my son and his family so quite often my mo'opuna will drop by for visits. While doing this painting Kai would pop in, look at the painting and make comment when something didn't look quite right or ask "why" I did such and such a particular way. For instance, he looked sad in the painting and I couldn't figure out what was wrong. Kai walks in and says, "Tutu, my mouth is too low." That was exactly what was wrong...the downward curve of his mouth was too downturned. When that adjustment was made, he looked pensive not sad...just as I was trying to achieve. Too many times adults don't listen to what the children have to say and if we took the time to listen, it is amazing what we can learn from them.

Aloha till next time.

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  1. What a handsome grandson you have. So wonderful to see your beautiful genes being passed down to the next several generations isn't it?

    I don't know if this is a compliment for you but I thought this was a photograph when I first saw it in the thumbnail. I love it.

    BTW, I do like the title. Your composition show a special relationship Kai has with his ball.

    I love how you listen to Kai. He must love his tutu.

  2. Sheila...a photograph? What a huge compliment. I like to do realism and having someone say that is pretty awesome. Thank you so much.

  3. Lokelani, Absolutely fantastic, his expression is spot on, and yes it does look like a photo, just love it , as for a name, maybe 'A boy and his thoughts' or something similar, well done , you should be proud of yourself

  4. Thank you so much Julie. That expression was so important to me to capture, that's what made the picture. Also thanks for the name suggestion...will think along those lines.

  5. I have a second nephew named Kai. I always only knew your Kai's American name. Great painting of him. I also related to your story very much. The ocean has always been a draw for me which is why I moved to Maui in 1979. I swam and snorkeled every single day. Couldn't let a day go by before I played in the beautiful, clear, healing waters.