These two paintings originate from random photos we took of our kids. Dalai is now 9 months old, a rambunctious little monster, full of energy. Buda is quiet and intelligent. They’re my favorite models. Since they’re my kids and I am quite familiar with their face, getting the likeness is quite easy even with short 1 hour warm-up exercises. Paint application using a palette knife has been utilized more in my painting these days. It’ll be a while before I can command the knife at will. It adds texture to a painting, but one must use it appropriately and strategically otherwise it is just another pretentious piece of paint applied where a brush mark should be visible.
Khanh N. Huynh, MD