This year's Decorator's Show House is the former home of Indiana author Booth Tarkington. One of his books, "Penrod"is about a young boy's life and antics growing up in the early 1900's. I was asked by artist and designer Kathleen Stevens to do a series of paintings for an area she will be decorating. I began by doing a photo shoot of my grandson Gabriel dressed as the young boy, Penrod. The above photo shows the beginning stages of my painting. I always enlarge my photo in "black and white". This gives me a perfect reference from which to begin a value study. I use a mixture of Sap Green and Alizarin as a dark transparent wash. It is perfect for the dark and middle values. The color of the clear coated linen makes for a nice light tone. I love the way this turned out, so much so that I almost left it as an "oil study". But, after several days of studying it in my studio, I decided to take my painting to the next stage. The following blog entries will be a step by step progression of my portrait of Penrod.