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“Self Portrait VI”, Update #1

January 8th, 2009 · 2 Comments

So bearing in mind that I’ve literally no idea what the hell I’m doing when it comes to acrylic paint, I give you my forehead:

In progress painting entitled Self Portrait VI
Self Portrait VI | Acrylic on Pastelbord | 9 x 12"

Apologies for the glare, it was still a bit wet when I took the photo.

I’ve no idea what sorts of techniques one might employ when working with acrylic, but I’m painting just like I did when I painted in oils. I’m mixing colors on the canvas, using wide, deliberate strokes and applying a medium (retardant and extender) liberally as I paint. It feels about right, though I can already see the rapid drying time taking some getting used to.

I like it so far though!

Tags: Acrylics · Adult Portraits · Work In Progress

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rose Welty // Jan 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Looking good so far Steve. Are you able to blend with the retardant and extender?

  • 2 S.G. Chipman // Jan 9, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks, Rose. Yeah, mixing the two together feels akin to using something like Liquin with oils.

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