Monthly Archives: February 2017

Self Portrait #2

“Self Portrait #2”
Acrylic on Canvas

This is my second self portrait and it was a challenging one.  I made a lot of mistakes and learned some good lessons:

  1. Use a smaller canvas when you’re painting something that is new or challenging for you.  I chose a rather large (for me) 16″x20″ canvas for this project..  As a result, all of my mistakes took so much longer to fix which was frustrating.  Also, having to fill so much canvas real estate meant that the painting took me four days to complete.  By the end of the painting, I was at the end of my patience and didn’t have the drive to fix some of the remaining defects.
  2. Take the time to mix your skin colors correctly.  It’s better to spend an extra 20 minutes getting it right than to spend an extra 1-2 hours fixing it later.
  3. When roughing in the dark colors for the underpainting, make your edges soft.  Also, be careful not to make areas too dark as you can end up fighting to lighten them later.  Water down your burnt umber (or whatever paint your using) to make areas lighter.

My hope is that, as I practice more and gain more skill, I can start moving from realistic depictions to more painterly representations.  In the future, I would like to produce the above image as an underpainting on which I can build from to create a bolder finished product.  However, at my current skill level, I’m ecstatic to be able to produce this.

Here’s a short video showing the different stages of the painting:


Lost in Thought

“Lost in Thought”
Photo Manipulation

Lightning In A Bottle

lightninginabottleThis a photo manipulation I created using three separate photographs taken over the span of eight years.



Colin Frangicetto Portrait

Colin Frangicetto
Acrylic on Canvas

I painted this portrait of Colin (guitarist of Circa Survive) from a photograph I took during their On Letting Go 10th Anniversary tour.  The original photo was taken with him bathed in multicolored lights, so I was forced to abandon any attempt at realism.  The end result was a departure from my usual style, but I’m happy with it.



This is a still-life image of the boiler in my basement that I created using a light painting technique.  I exposed the scene for two minutes in complete darkness while I lit various parts of it with a small flashlight.  I’m very happy with he results and look forward to making more soon.