11.000 x 15.000 inches
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Slugger And Kicker
Hanne Lore Koehler
Painting - Watercolor
I painted this watercolor painting for my story book called "My Brother and I" by Hanne Lore Koehler. This story for children aged 4 to 8 is about the sports and activities that two brothers enjoy together through the four seasons as they grow up. Like most children, they have a special wish for a pet which, for now, lives in their imagination. This watercolor illustration depicts the two boys playing sports with their imaginary dog. One of the boys is up to bat in a baseball game while their imaginary dog is the catcher behind home plate. The other brother is playing soccer in the background.
The illustrations for this children's book are hand-painted watercolor paintings for which I used photos of our grandsons as reference. I composed the scene and the imaginary dog from my imagination, including details of the subjects and an impressionistic style for background trees and foliage.
Like many children our grandsons grew up playing in local little league baseball and soccer leagues and my husband and I went to watch many of their games. With countless photos of their baseball and soccer games and friends to draw from, the references that I needed for this painting were readily available.
June 23rd, 2010
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