I knew immediately which photo I wanted to use. In 2001 we turned my husband’s business trip into a mini family vacation. My son Cory and I went exploring for 4 days while Gary worked.
The reference photo for this painting was taken at Red Rock Creek Trail in Sedona, AZ. That’s Cory stirring the water with the stick. He was almost 10 years old at the time.
If you are ever near Sedona, go there! It’s a beautiful place.
I saturated the colors of the rock a bit but not by much. Because of the small size of my working area I had a difficult time with the hands. I tried to minimize the detail leaving the suggestion of hands. While I struggled my mantra became “I should have used acrylics.” Overall I’m fairly happy with it. It brings back some great memories of our adventures.
In case you are curious, his face did not show in the photo either ;-)