This photo served as the beginning reference
for painting the head. Tom then made Jeffrey
appear a bit older.
Above are six different oil studies that Tom
made before finishing the final canvas.
Note in the picture below that the pants have
been made baggier than Tom initially painted them
after a suggestion from Jeffrey's brother Steven.
Tom painted in the yard where Jeffrey spent a
lot of time while growing up. The easel on the
left is a French half box and the other is called
a 'pochade' box.
Note in the charcoal sketch above Tom has not
yet determined the position of the dog or the
boat or how close to make the dock and tree appear.