When I painted "Glossai Pyros," I thought it might lead to other images. Given that it is already of a series with other similarly-titled works I've been doing, to then expand on any one of them starts to create series-within-series. That's fine, I generally have been organic with my various series over the years, with Hearts for Hardware being the only one that has been specifically planned out.
I didn't, however, think that if I did another, that it might include an infant. That sort of just came to be along the way, but once I got that idea in my head, I pursued it. The first problem: find me a baby!
Back in NYC, I had gotten to know a lot of families with toddlers and so on, and I had established my reptuation as a painter already, among them, so there was a pool of candidates to choose from, and if not, people who could give good references to their friends. Being newer out here in CA, I haven't made as many connections yet, and there were only a small handful of options. As it turned out, I have a niece the right age, but in the window when I had to do this, it was also going to be difficult to travel down to include her, especially because the odds of getting usable photos in one night were not good.
Asking everyday folks to model is always a little awkward, and I do get turned down by shy people. Asking everyday folks if I can paint their baby...well, better to pick from among people I already know. So I did, and found a great model locally.
In terms of actually painting, I had the benefit of having made color notes when painting the first one. I don't normally do this, but the couple of times that I have, it seems that intentionally or otherwise, I have needed to refer back to them.
Some of my personal works of Imaginative Realism can straddle illustration, given that illustration--even what is considered fantasy illustration--has evolved over time to be a bit more fine-arty than it used to. This one, however, seems far less illustrative than other pieces, and so it's filed under Imaginative Realism here on my site.