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Jonathan Brice Lyman
05-27-2012, 01:24 AM
I started a new oil painting for a friend, after I received a
spontaneous image of a boy and a flower.


First, I recorded the idea in my sketch book, which is really important.

When you get quick, inspiring images that pop into your mind out of
the blue, get 'em in the sketch book immediately. You won't have
to remember the idea later, and after a while, you'll have a repertoire
of ideas you can use to build a new series or body of work.

Second, to find a pleasing color scheme, I cut out a photo I saw
in Christie's art magazine of a painting called, La maison suisse (c. 1900)
by the impressionist, Edouard Vullard.

I liked his subtle variations of purples he seems to blend into all the
other colors. It creates a nice harmony in the overall composition.



Third, I drew a pencil outline of the idea on a 20x20" canvas and washed
in the main color palette of purples into the shapes.


Still working on it. Any critical suggestions are most welcome. :-1

06-02-2012, 11:57 AM
Nothing to suggest yet, waiting to see more! =)) Debs.

06-02-2012, 11:25 PM
Love this. I do think his shoulders seem to narrow though.

Jonathan Brice Lyman
06-13-2012, 12:21 AM

Thanks for looking Debzy :-1Glad you love it Song Bird, His shoulders are a bit more edged out,
but I didn't want to make them too broad and mature.

I heightened his head and hat, so his knee could fit inside the
comp, because it looked too scrunched. What do you guys think
of how his knee and foot look? ...not sure if it's a fit yet.

Next step is to define the stone patio and the hedges in the
background so I can flesh out the beautiful lotus.


06-21-2012, 03:24 AM
I think the leg and foot are ok.

I wish the hat was back a bit so the face was more visible

Eager to see how you manage the colour on the sacred lotus

My only comment re the lotus is that it would be growing in water?


TX Rose
06-26-2012, 12:57 PM
Very inviting piece. The knee really anchors the boy and adds to the comp but I fear framing could be problematic. Hopefully, a frame won't chop off too much or, even better, you are using a frame-less canvas. His foot looks natural to me. Looking forward to seeing this in color.

Jonathan Brice Lyman
07-01-2012, 12:20 AM
Thanks for noticing, Andrew. The idea was to give the boy more
mystery than the flower, which I don't feel could happen if the eyes
were showing. The lotus-like flower seems to be alien, so it gives a
little leeway as far as making it realistic.


Finding reference for an imagined idea can be a little
challenging sometimes. But I bulldozed through the frustration, altered
his leg and arms, and added some defining shadows. His foot looked
great, except his calf was too long in my mind, so I got that ready for
his new foot ;-)

I'm glad it's inviting to you, TX Rose... I didn't intend on framing it,
but if my client ever decided to, there would have to be some space
under that knee; so I shortened his knee, too.

I'm glad I got all that done, so I can finally focus on completing the
flower and defining his face with some more shadows and light
peaking through onto his chin.

Paint on!

07-01-2012, 10:49 PM
Looking good Jonathon

07-01-2012, 11:54 PM
Lovely image and colors.

I will say that the crown of his hat bothers me in that the perspective seems off. It's shape doesn't quite read right and it seems tilted forward. Not quite fitting his head right.

Beautifully done!

07-04-2012, 09:04 AM
Colours are very soft and very charming! I agree with the hat being off a little, makes his head look a bit bigger than it would be, having said that however, sometimes kids do have hats on that are too big and it can add to the cuteness of the scene. I really like it and also like the lotus flower... it's as if he has plucked it from a pond. Lovely soft scenery too, Cheers and thanks for showing us the progression. Debs. =))

Jonathan Brice Lyman
12-31-2012, 03:33 PM
It's finally finished! Thanks for all your kind words and advice.

I adjusted his hat and was able to get in all the details without making it look too rigid. On to the next one! ;-1


12-31-2012, 04:04 PM
Very pleasing. I enjoyed reading the progression, too. Thanks.

12-31-2012, 09:05 PM
Well done J very successful
Happy New Year

Jonathan Brice Lyman
01-02-2013, 07:48 PM
Thank you so much Crafor and Andrew, you guys are a big help. Happy New Year! :-1