Often I wonder what happens to my paintings after I send them off to customers, especially the ones that feature people. Occasionally I use photos I’ve taken of unsuspecting individuals for reference and then hesitate to put any kind of likeness to a figure without permission.
Such was the case for the baby spontaneously dancing to banjo music at a farmers market in Bellingham, Washington.
I’m pretty sure the baby’s family would’ve at least liked to have seen this painting but I have no idea how I could find them. This work went to a customer in Kansas. They wrote they just enjoyed the happiness of the moment I captured.
The same goes for this painting of street musicians in Coos Bay, Oregon. It went to buyers in San Antonio, Texas who didn’t indicate they knew any of the performers.
Another picture or two I’d like to match up with the subject is this catching of a big salmon.
I took these shots with a zoom lens from the Deception Pass Bridge near Seattle in 2012. I’m guessing the fisherman would like to have a record of his catch unless he told his boss he was in bed with the flu that day.
One evening this summer on the Oregon coast I took my camera to the beach.
There were a few others there enjoying the end of the day but I was charmed by the lady with the little girl and boy watching the sun set.
I don’t know their story but I couldn’t help but take a few photos which led to this painting:
Out of respect I didn’t work too hard on creating a likeness of the children. Although the lady’s friends might be able to identify her. Just a fine way to end an August day on the beach at Manzanita, Oregon.