As with most of this American Boy series the artist continues to defy protectionism. It can clearly be seen in the sky and houses as they fade off the canvas, losing all their details.
It's also worth noting that the artist repainted back over the houses, deliberately covering a more realistic painting. He wanted an impressionism style. In his words "the houses are steeling the show".
Setting the scene
The boy’s plan is to abruptly exit the surface of our planet into the atmosphere for an enjoyable ride. Where his large umbrella will naturally open, bringing the boy gently back down to earth. Sounds like a wonderful and well thought out plan, don’t you think?
From composition to the bright colors, it takes a while to digest everything in this painting. There are many details to be discovered, from the baking sheet on the trash can, to the nails on the stump, even obvious things like the blue and red grass takes a while to digest. Which makes this painting so rich.
The painting boldly mixes the abstract with realism. From the grass and bright yellow sky, to the boys face, shirt and shoes.
setting the framework
Taking a painting from concept to canvas takes time, practice and patience. The model, multiple props, etc. These many pieces are brought together and then placed into the scene as the artist envisions. There were many sketches and software used to manipulate the final layout. But in the end, its the paint on canvas in a fast and furious manner that makes the painting.
A unique and rare treat is seeing the artist work in between. The artist obtained critiques during the painting process, from other professional artists. One example is the boys head and the umbrella. Originally the umbrella was placed behind the boys head; as shown below. After suggested critiques, it was moved to the foreground.