This is a painting of my son BUDA at 9 months old. We were in Haiwaii for a medical conference (hence the flowery shirt). As his mom was trying to take a photo of us, a ray of sunlight hit his face. .. and the reaction is priceless. A few months later, when my painting skill was slightly improved, I sat down one early morning and paint this cute little guy in 90 minutes. I love the dripping oil paint and facial expression. This painting inspired me to paint 100 small alla prima portraits in a short period of 6 months. Project 100 Portraits (which is now completed) help me tremend0usly in term of speed and technical skill. I now face much less fear and self-doubt when I sit down in front of my easel. I know some artist would look down on the art of the portrait regardless whether it is painted from life or with the help of a photo. However, finishing a 11×14 alla prima portrait in 90 minutes is quite a difficult task since one have to figure out the composition, color choice, and accuracy of subject in a very short time. Because of this intense training, I now no longer use any mean of measurement when I paint (there no time for it) . This activity actually trains my brain and eyes to judge value, shape, and color a lot better than I was one year ago.
Buda is now one and a half years old. He is changing everyday.