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Jimi Hendrix

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Jimi Hendrix
11”x14”
Acrylic on Canvas

I’ve been very motivated lately and just completed my fourth painting in two weeks. My stay-wet palette has allowed me to reuse the same paint for all four paintings although, after two weeks, some of the paint was feeling a little tacky. I’ll start with fresh mixes on the next one.

I approached this painting with a similar process as my Tom Waits and Thelonious Monk portraits — alternating between realistic skin tones and more colorful hues. Like the other portraits, I found that a simple solid background makes the face pop. I added some paint splatters using Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna. I got a little carried away especially with the dark Burnt Sienna on some of the lighter parts of the face. I ended up tapping out some of the excess splatters on the nose, cheek and chin. This one took about 11 hours.

Tom Waits

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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

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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

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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:

Dale Bozzio

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10″x8″
Watercolor on Arches

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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.

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