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Happy Birthday Casey! He is my brother's first and only son and was photographed by my brother Larry on their vacation. This is the second painting of him, I also painted him as a toddler a few years ago using a heart brush that I created. You can view that in my website gallery. I couldn't wait to paint this one as I especially loved the reflection that he captured. I painted this in really warm, bright and rich colors for the summer and enhanced Casey's sun-kissed complexion. It makes me anxious to skip these cooler month's of winter and go directly to my favorite time of year, summer! I'm sure they will be feeling the same way after enduring the extreme winter conditions in the northeast. I used alot of my favorite brushes including the palette knife and created a watercolor style border in Adobe CS4 then added a paper texture in Corel 11. This will print nicely on water color paper and then I plan on mailing it to them in West Virginia to celebrate his 5th birthday. Please feel free to leave your comments, reading them always feels like a ray of sunshine!