a commission that i just finished. the client wanted the painting to have a loose and comfortable feel, like a snapshot of them doing what they love in their backyard. i started it on site getting the big shapes (minus the people), the colors and spontaneous brushwork. then i shot a bunch of photos of them doing their thing in the yard so i'd have lots of reference material. i took it about a little less than 1/2 done into the studio where i finished it up. i added the family, tweaked shapes, edges, and added subtle color shifts into the big shapes.