Friday, September 23, 2011

Justin and Melissa

16"x20" acrylic on gallery canvas

Here is the finished painting. I was unsure how I wanted to treat the background. I decided to have fun with the brush strokes and created a sense of nature behind them with the green and brown tones. Overall I am very happy with the finished piece. Now I am looking forward to giving it to the happy couple. I hope they are happy with it.
I made some progress this weekend and worked on Justin's face and also started with the hands. All in all I think its coming along nicely. Working in a fast paced promotional/advertising environment every day, I am used to working quickly to meet deadlines. I am making a conscious effort to slow down and not rush with my painting, take breaks and come back fresh.
I have been very busy these last few weeks so I have had to put the painting on hold. I did however  have time this weekend and I really enjoyed myself. I worked on Melissa's face and managed to get a good likeness of her. Portraits can be challenging in acrylic but I enjoy the medium and I am happy with the progress. Next I will move onto Justin's face and try to get a likeness of him.

Its been a while since I did a portrait painting but I enjoy doing them. Above is the painting I am currently working on. I have blocked in some values of color. Now lets see if I can capture a good likeness moving forward.

31 comments:

  1. YOu're off to a great start! Good luck and remember to have fun.

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  2. Ah - the challenge! The nerves! You're doing great - nice and loose so far.

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  3. I am so impressed with your portrait paintings, Brad. Looking at the picture, you've already captured the likeness. I look forward to seeing this finished. Excellent!!

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  4. I like the way you have this blocked in... I think you are well on your way to getting the likeness.

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  5. You have really honed in on her features well, Brad!
    This one is well on the way.

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  6. Very lively ! Good work. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  7. Had a look at some of your other paintings they all good ,I like the way you apply the paint on thick but still retain the crisp lines.

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  8. Thank you Hoghart and Roger. I appreciate you comments and it was my pleasure to visit your blogs! I enjoy meeting other artists. It inspires me to continue to paint.

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  9. Hola Brad. Gracias por visitar mi blog. Por fin he podido entrar en el tuyo. Creo que estás captando muy bien la personalidad de los retratados. Me gustaría saber qué opinas de mi trabajo, para mi tu opinión también es importante...
    Saludos desde España.

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  10. Thank you Margarita! I appreciate the comments. I looked at your blog too and really enjoyed looking over your paintings. you are very talented!

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  11. You've had some time to paint this weekend too! excellent :) What super progress you've made, looking good.

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  12. Beautiful work - a treasured heirloom in the making!

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  13. Thank you Bonnie! I appreciate that!

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  14. Awesome work Brad. It's great to see all the steps.

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  15. Thank you Erik! I appreciate that.

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  16. Brad, creo que has logrado un gran trabajo. Las figuras se muestran naturales, relajadas. El fondo me parece un gran acierto ya que no resta protagonismo a las figuras y a la vez tiene presencia, volumen, eso ayuda a dar realismo a la escena. Creo que la pareja quedará encantada.

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  17. Thank you Margarita, I appreciate that! I delivered it Monday and they loved it.

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  18. very nicely done brad. I am sure the happy couple are even more happy after receiving this.

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  19. What a lively and fun double portrait- something not easy to pull off well, as you have done!

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