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“Self Portrait VI”, Update #2

January 9th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I am so, so lost with this painting business and it’s really causing me to miss my pencils.

The lack of control I have over the paintbrush resulting in an inability to do anything with any sort of detail is killing me. Colors aren’t interacting with each other they way they do with colored pencil (phthalo blue + burnt umber = blue mud, not a nice cool dark), I can’t figure out how to layer colors properly so they don’t take each other over… and on and on.

It’s very much like I know exactly what I need to do to make it right… but can’t. Its been frustrating. And yet, the challenge of it has me hooked.

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

Tags: Acrylics · Adult Portraits · Work In Progress

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jeanette // Jan 9, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    You’re doing good Steve. You’ve got the values and colours in place and no mud (my speciality). :)

    It is frustrating sometimes, especially if you’re used to another dry medium. I’m going through the same struggles for what its worth.

    I fight against trying to be detailed and trying to be loose at the same time. It is so different than pencils and will take some practice to get back in the saddle.

  • 2 Rose Welty // Jan 9, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Jeanette is right – hang in there. I feel your pain…but you know you will figure it out soon…and isn’t it awesome to cover so much area so fast? Bet your wrist isn’t aching tonight…

    It’s looking good…

  • 3 S.G. Chipman // Jan 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks guys :)

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