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Tom Waits

TomWaitsPainting
Tom Waits
11”x14”
Acrylic on Canvas

I painted this portrait of Tom Waits from a black and white reference photo using just the value information.  The skin tones were left over from my John Taylor portrait, and I created some new mixes for the more colorful skin tones.  The face colors were desaturated by mixing 1 part color and slightly less than 1 part neutral grey.  I used a large and medium flat brush for most of the painting.  This one took about 8 hours.

A short video showing the different stages of the portrait:

John Taylor

JohnTaylorPainting
John Taylor
11”x14″
Acrylic on Canvas

My goal for this practice portrait was to loosen up and not sweat the details. I painted most of it with a large flat brush and resisted the urge to smooth out all of the transitions. I think the painting has a more relaxed look as a result. This one took about 8 hours to complete.

Anthony Green

AnthonyGreenPainting
Anthony Green
11”x14”
Acrylic on Canvas

I’ve been working hard on my process lately. Identifying the shortcomings in my previous paintings and brainstorming solutions. This portrait is the culmination of everything I’ve learned so far. Question going forward: Is it worth the excruciating effort required to achieve realism or would it be better (and more enjoyable) to loosen up and let the brush strokes show? I’m leaning towards the latter…

A short video showing the different stages of the portrait:

Self Portrait #3

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Self Portrait #3
11”x14”
Acrylic on Canvas

This portrait was an experiment in loosening up and letting the brush strokes show.  It didn’t look very promising at first, but I persisted.  In hindsight, the colors I mixed were too brown/green tinted and the result looks a bit muddled.  I should have started with “normal” skin tones and adjusted their hues more subtly from there.  Also, the overall values of the skin tones are too dark.  I learned a lot of good lessons from this one and plan to apply them to the next painting.

Jeremy Bolm

JeremyBolmPainting
Jeremy Bolm
12”x16″
Acrylic on Canvas

(Painted from a photo by Kyle Kenehan – http://kylekenehanphoto.tumblr.com/)

Resist

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Of the many faces I’ve photographed at the 16 protest rallies I’ve attended so far in 2017, this one caught my eye more than any other.

Resist
11”x14”
Acrylic on Canvas

Mark Hollis

MarkHollisPainting
Mark Hollis
11”x14”
Acrylic on Canvas

This is the fourth painting in my portrait series of early 80s musicians — Mark Hollis of Talk Talk.

I had two basic goals for this painting:
1) Start with a large brush and only switch to smaller brushes for specific details.  I have a bad habit of getting bogged down with detail too early in the process which tends to give the painting a more “tortured” look.  I think I achieved this goal.
2) Don’t obsessively blend.  In past paintings, I feel like I spent too much time blending paint to produce smooth skin tones, etc.  This is often very laborious and, in the end, can create a less compelling finished product.  For this painting, I took a very casual approach letting the brush strokes shine through.