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David Sylvian

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David Sylvian
11”x14”
Acrylic on Canvas

I experimented with a watercolor-style on this acrylic painting of David Sylvian.  I did the initial sketch with very thinned-out blue paint instead of the usual 3B pencil.  Most of the paint applied was very watery to get the desired effect.

If anything this experience has made me want to pursue pure watercolor painting.  I’m working on my drawing skills now and hope to get my feet wet with watercolors soon.

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Orange and Pomegranate

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“Orange and Pomegranate”
16″x12″
Acrylic on Canvas

I’m paying my dues as a beginning painter by tackling the classic still life painting.  I learned a lot from this exercise and hope to do more in the future.

Self Portrait #2

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“Self Portrait #2”
16”x20”
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:

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Colin Frangicetto Portrait

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Colin Frangicetto
Acrylic on Canvas
11″x14″

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.

Bailey Van Ellis

My “5 portraits in 5 days” challenge has come to an end.  There were many times that I wanted to quit, but I’m glad I didn’t.  This is Bailey Van Ellis from the band Balance and Composure.
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Bailey Van Ellis
8″x10″
Acrylic on Canvas

Jon Simmons

Day 4 of my “5 portraits in 5 days challenge”: Jon Simmons from Balance and Composure.bacjonpainting
Jon Simmons
8″x10″
Acrylic on Canvas

Erik Petersen

Day 3 of my “5 portraits in 5 days challenge”: Erik Petersen from Balance and Composure.bacerikpaintingErik Petersen
8″x10″
Acrylic on Canvas