My favourite photographer, Shelley Smart, gave me permission to paint this from her amazing photograph!
This little boy, skipping on the beach, oblivious to everyone around him, just enjoying life was just so appealing, I had to ask Shelley if I could paint him. I have muted the background sea and mountains significantly from the original pic - I just wanted the focus on him.
After taking this photo, I realised that his face was a bit too dark, and will be lightening it somewhat. But here's the 'before' shot!
This is the place where you'll find the original photo. Thank you Shelley!