Original, 11″ x 15”, watercolor on 140 lb 100% cotton Saunders’ St. Cuthbert’s Mill paper. Unframed.
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My boys were 11 and 5 in this painting, sitting on our back porch along the Merrimack River. They had just finished a game of baseball (their two-man version) and were laughing at something my five-year-old said.
Their friendship is something I wanted to capture, so I intensified the colors of their coats, complimentary colors you’ll notice. Just like their friendship. After a few studies, I realized I needed to tone down the colors of the river behind them so their figures stand out distinctly.
I took this picture four days after F turned 11. He’s so much bigger than O. I particularly like the shadow faintly falling across his back. The shadow on him, it’s a picture of how he shields his little brother in life. Even in their play, my oldest holds his strength back so his little brother can compete with him.
The size and age differences don’t matter. What matters here is that they’re both being their true, back porch selves.
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