“Put Me in, Coach” 6×6, oil on canvas Buy Now

This is the third painting in my musicians series and the second child playing a ukulele. I didn’t specifically seek out children playing instruments, but the reason both today and day 5 work for me is that these kids in particular have yet to get to that self-conscious stage that renders their efforts less sincere.

I’ve not seen as many adults play this way– most seem painfully aware of their audience, their hands.

As far as painting goes, It is both challenging and freeing to attempt a looser figure than even I am accustomed to. I’ve got to be more mindful so that I don’t slip into autopilot and start painting details that I’m trying not to include because they would only distract from the overall spirit of the painting.

I have mixed feelings about the composition here. I’ve cut off the bottom of the legs and I’m trying to decide if such a crop renders the whole thing a bit awkward. I think, were I to try it again, I’d move the whole image up toward the top of the canvas. What do you think?

I’m still looking for photos of musicians to continue my series. If you want to be my model, please leave an image in the comments or tag on instagram with #paintmejam

Now that all that’s out of the way, please meet Caleb, another spirited young musician who is about nine in the video: