This painting was created from several photos that I snapped of a young family on a train ride in Santa Cruz. It was their hats that first drew my attention followed by that lovely negative space between the mother's gaze and son's. It went through numerous transitions as I first included the solid diagonal bench behind and dark wooded background. It evolved to a park bench with sunshine and foliage. I love working from images and also love using them as a jumping off point. At the end I made a slide show showing the stages and below is my Youtube link for video.