One of my favorite commission subjects is to to paint family portraits…more specifically, consecutive individual portraits of children (and teens) as they reach a certain age.
As an example in pastel, I painted Sam (on the right above) in 2010 at the age of 17, and am just finishing his younger brother, Michael (left above) at 17, three years later. Their portraits will be placed in the dining room on either side of a hutch and sort of facing each other. I love this tradition….. but I may have to wait a bit to paint the next generation.
Often times the children grow up and want their portraits. Easy solution: the parents keep the original, I scan it and print and frame a perfect giclee reproduction for the kids.