I had asked my three-year-old son about a month ago what he would like me to paint for him. He didn't skip a beat. "A pirate ship!" he yelled. My first thought was how in the world am I going to paint this pirate ship. Then I came across one of my favorite whimsical paintings by Cindy Thornton named "Lullaby Bay" on YouTube. I absolutely loved the color scheme she used. I wanted to capture the same feel in my son's painting.
This was a really fun piece to work on. It was not without frustration at times. As with any painting, it first starts with an idea. Then that idea becomes a sketch. The absolute best part is when you see the finished painting and know that the journey was completely worth any frustration.