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Beach Bum Again

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The skin tone is way off in this picture. I will replace this image as soon as I take a photo of the painting.
I painted Beach Bum Again to see how it would look like in acrylic. It was much easier to do the background water and the hair in acrylic. I am okay with the skin tone. All in all I am satisfied with the outcome of this painting.

Beach Bum Again
9 by 12 inches on Strathmore Acrylic Sheet

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July 28, 2009 at 4:38 am

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“I am listening”

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I am my own worst critic which becomes obvious when I say I am not too thrilled with this self-portrait. I must honestly say I have tried, really tried my best and this is what I finally get. A high-key, bland version of my portrait. I put several glazes to build the skin tone taking care not to muddy the colors underneath. Finally when it reached this stage, I pulled myself to stop.  I used Quin. Burnt Orange for skin tone instead of mixing my own skin colors. The drawback is that Quin. BO can be easily lifted off. So the glazes have to be laid carefully. I did this painting very tightly with lots of control over the washes. Personally I love to do portraits in bold colors and very loosely but this is the only way I know how to do. Maybe I never dared to find out how it is to paint very loosely.

I  am planning to submit this painting for David Lobenberg’s  Self Portrait Global Love In . The deadline is September 12 so I have got plenty of time to change my mind and submit a different painting if I have another one ready in the meantime.

“I am listening”
9 by 12 inches on 140# cp watercolor paper

Portrait #25

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July 24, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Beach Bum

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Beach Bum
9 by 12 inches on 140# cp watercolor paper
Reference photo : From nizi at Morguefile

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July 22, 2009 at 5:15 am

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Onlooker

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This painting is part of the DSFDF challenge that is hosted by the artist Karin Jurick. As suggested by Karin, I did a full figure sketch first as shown below:

Then I proceeded with painting the figure in watercolor. This exercise helped me build confidence and mitigated the lingering doubt in my mind about my figure sketching skills. Obviously I did not strive to build an exact likeness of the person since that was not my goal.

Onlooker
6 by 9 inches on 140 -lb cp watercolor paper
Reference photo by Karin Jurick

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July 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm

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Echinacea

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Echinacea is my first floral painting in acrylic. I believe the composition is too simple but it is okay. I am happy with the background especially the gradation in value from dark to light.

Echinacea
6 by 12 inches on Strathmore Acrylic Sheet

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July 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Posted in acrylic

Dorothy After William Merritt Chase

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Dorothy After William Merritt Chase
Acrylic in 9 by 12 inches acrylic sheet

See the original artwork here

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July 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Posted in acrylic, portraiture

Samvid

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Samvid at Four
Graphite on 12 by 19.5 inches on drawing paper

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July 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Posted in drawings, pencil

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