Category Archives: Painting

Will (Stranger #3)

WillPainting.jpgWill (Stranger #3)
12”x16″
Acrylic on Canvas

Lindsey (Stranger #90)

Lindsey Stranger painting

Lindsey (Stranger #90)
12”x16″
Acrylic on Canvas

Tyler (Stranger #62)

I used a small palette knife for most of this painting and am very happy with the result.  I feel like I’m inching ever closer to the style I want to achieve.  This painting required a looseness of mind that doesn’t come natural to me.  I still have the urge to “paint within the lines” and make everything look as realistic as possible.

TylerPaintingLowRes.jpgTyler (Stranger #62)
16”x12”
Acrylic on Canvas

Ben (Stranger #69)

My 100 Strangers project actually began as a way for me to find original subjects to paint portraits of.  However, I got so consumed with the project that I ended up not painting for a year.  Now that it’s finished, I have at least 100 potential portraits to paint.  This is my second stranger painting.
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Ben (Stranger #69)
12”x16”
Acrylic on Canvas

Jay (Stranger #96)

It’s been exactly a year since I last painting something.  I did this stranger portrait yesterday as a way of brushing off the cobwebs.  It’s amazing how much you forget in just a year.  I’m hoping to ramp back up and create some more work soon.

JayPaintingLowRes.jpgJay (Stranger #96)
14″x11″
Acrylic on Canvas

 

Self Portrait #4

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Self Portrait #4
12″x16″
Acrylic on Canvas

I started this painting by squirting paint straight onto the canvas and loosely spreading it around with a palette knife.  Working from a black and white photo, I initially just focused on getting the values (lightness and darkness) right in the flesh tones.  Then I mixed up some various desaturated colors and worked them into the face until an interesting balance was achieved.

I’m very happy with the final result, but the truth is that I didn’t like the way it looked until the very last brush stroke.  This one took about 9 hours.

Notes for the next painting:
1) Keep resisting the urge to blend paint…  Let the brush strokes show.
2) Consider using even less saturated colors and maybe a more limited palette.
3) Use smaller brushes (and brush strokes) for the detail areas.
4) Use glazing liquid to add more layers of brush strokes for more depth.
5) Lower the lighting in the studio.  This painting came out a little darker than I would have wanted possibly because the canvas was too brightly lit during the painting process.

Lily #2

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Lily #2
11”x14″
Acrylic on Canvas

This was a difficult one.  Since I was painting my daughter, I didn’t feel as free to experiment.  I took a very conservative approach to the painting and it shows.  Also, the colors I mixed for the skin tones were a bit drab and my numerous touch ups made the paint a bit muddy by the end.  I also focused on the details too early in the process.  Overall, I learned many lessons from this portrait that I will be carrying forward.