Throwback Thursday 12.26.2019

December 26, 2019

Before I dive in and talk about the nuisances of the painting I picked to look at retrospectively, I just want to take the time to say Merry Christmas one more time! I really hope that your Christmas went well and that you got all you wishes for this holiday season.

As for today’s throwback;

An acrylic painting of my nephew
An acrylic painting of my nephew

This portrait is a complete fluke. I did this portrait sometime between 2012 and 2015, and for the life of me, I can not remember what my workflow was when I made this piece. I basically have not painted anything on canvas for close to a decade when I started working for Painting with a Twist around 2011-2012. My classes were sporadic back then. Even though I have started practicing on canvas again, my practice was so spotty that I could barely qualify it as practice at all. The majority of my practice during this time was focused on digital painting (as is now, actually).

So when I painted this portrait I didn’t really have a set method of painting in effect. This was a complete “experiment” for me. I didn’t really know what I was doing. All I remember was that I wanted a two-tone color scheme. I’m not entirely sure how I came up with the Van Gogh-like swirls and the Impressionist vibe I have on the piece. It all just came out of me naturally when I was messing around with this portrait.

What frustrates me the most is that I haven’t really been able to recreate the painting. I have tried numerous times to emulate the style in this portrait, but all my attempts seem gibberish. None of them has this freshness look to it like this particular piece has. If I had followed this piece with another similar portrait immediately after I finished this one, then whatever I did on this piece would have been solidified in my memory more. Unfortunately, I took a break from acrylic painting after this portrait, so by the time I picked up my brushes again I was clueless as to how I did this…

So yeah, in short, this painting is a complete fluke. An awesome wonderful fluke.

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