I absolutely loved painting this photo which was provided by the client. The subject matter was great and I loved the fact that the client had commissioned it for her husband as a gift. Apparently, it is her husbands favorite picture as it accurately reflects each of their kids personalities. Great fun!
A challenge I occasionally come across with candid shots like this is that they can be distorted. Using a camera you are subjected to a wall-eye effect. Observing closely you will notice that the kids look as if they are leaning outward, their bodies get smaller towards the bottom-to the right of the photo. With a photo our brains accept this as we know it is real but with a painting it creates unlikely quirks and obvious flaws.
To overcome this for the final result, I straightened the kids form and expanded the lower parts of their bodies. This gives the impression they are standing right in front of you.