Little Boy Blue

The Age of Innocence.

Little Boy Blue” is an English-language nursery rhyme, often used in popular culture. I immediately thought of this nursery rhyme when I began to paint this little boy.

Destined to steal hearts, this little boy in blue had me at the word ‘go’. I had to paint this little fellow. I discovered him through Louise De Masi and her tutorial on painting denim:

I downloaded the reference photo and set to work. It took me a few mornings to complete but what fun he was to create.

Reference photo available for free download on and was taken by photographer Nathan Dumlao

Painted on 10 x 14 inch Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Block, 130 lb. The following Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith watercolors were used: Burnt Sienna, French Ultramarine, Grey Mix made of Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine, Gamboge, Paynes Grey, Prussian Blue, Scarlet Lake, Sepia and Van Dyke Brown.

To the age of innocence,

To the little ones of the world,




  1. Msdedeng – At 41, I am still figuring out life: my place in society, my career path, a family of my own, any many others things. Heck, I am still trying to make friends in California; a place I moved to 3 years ago. I am currently in a Community College to make up for the many years I missed school while in Africa (Uganda). I intend to transfer to university next year and double major in History and English. I lead a very ordinary life; a normal day is spent doing school assignments, hiking, or reading. My favorite thing to do is walk! Short walks or long walks it does not matter. Walking allows me to think about things - anything! My love of walking comes from where I grew up, a small village in northeastern Uganda. It is still one of the most remotest areas I will ever know, and couldn't even start comparing what life is like there to say a place like California. Walking was all I did while growing up! I walked for miles to school, to church, to the shops, to the borehole to fetch water, and to the market. It was quite an adventure unlike any other - so you now understand my love for walking.
    Msdedeng says:

    Such a cute subject, and oh, your talent is refreshing.

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