This cute little guy was painted fairly quickly. This was a diversion from an existing painting I had been working on. I was having some trouble making decisions. I am pretty sure it's hereditary. I remember calling certain people in my family out on this very thing. Now I know I was so frustrated by their inability to make a decision because it was a reflection of my own problem. At least I recognize the problem. Isn't that the first step... or something?
I was so surprised that this painting came together almost on its own. Unlike the painting before, this one had a calming effect on me. "Blue Eyes" is all about lighting. I'm a sucker for images with strong lighting, but what's even better is when I get to paint translucent objects interacting with the light. You can see this in the blue goggles.
The portrait is cropped so closely that it adds a kind of intimacy with the viewer. This is how I see my own kids, because they have NO concept of personal space. Everything is important, loud, and in that moment. I think the placement was my subconscious breaking through to my conscious. This is the first week out of school and already I am experiencing sensory over load!