I was recently asked to take a commission for a friend to paint an image of him as a boy with his father . The photo I worked from was taken in Portugal in the early 1950's. I really liked the way the image progressed and my friend loved it when he saw it. I left the boys face purposely a shade of blue. To me I made the decision while working on the painting because it added a sense of warmth. The completed oil painting took me 20 hours.