Here is a sketch I did yesterday using that as a reference.
Johnny is a friendly tree spirit, called the Ghillie Dhu who helps lost children find their way home.
I was thinking of having a dancing child with Johnny watching him in the forest. I like that he is dancing with a flower in his hand to show an affinity with nature.
Here are some conceptual images I am thinking of incorporating parts of in the painting. 2 of these are my photographs which I prefer to work with even though I am just using them as basic references.
Next step will be to put it all together to see how the composition might work and keep playing until I'm happy enough to begin painting. I think I will do a separate painting of just the dancing boy as well. I have always enjoyed that picture and want to do something with it. As always you can check out my work on my website and order some Fine Art Prints in time for the Holidays!