I composed this painting from a snapshot my mom took---thanks Mom. I weeded down the crowd in the photo to these five figures (though I think I invented the stoic gentleman in the back . . . perhaps it's a younger me?). I believe there was a sudden uptick of wind at the time, which sent this large flock of family and friends out leaping and frolicking about---a summertime reunion of my extended family tends to inject some amount of joy into the group anyway and the wind just sent these individuals into a fit of exuberance, I suppose.
Anyway, I figured the finished painting would have to capture a percentage of that joy, and I think it has done that. I'm happy with it.