Ly Chhun  on

On the breeze

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Narrative Portraiture: Painting in Acrylic taught by Micah Ganske

Join artist Micah Ganske as he draws on the basics of mixing, glazing and layering to create a narrative portrait.

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Category Painting
Subject Landscape
Material Acrylic Paint
Style Impressionist
Ly Chhun  on

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Acrylic. Used the glazing technique for the skin tone, grass, and ocean. For the plant life, I used free brush strokes to keep myself from getting into too much detail. This was also the same for the figure. I brought in all colours from the piece. I am having some trouble with the ocean and cloud/sky in terms of distance, perspective and colour. Please, any advice is welcome!

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Is the piece for sale? No

Ly Chhun  on

The sky and ocean are actually my favorite part of this piece so far. I love how brilliant and pure the blue is in them. This is also what might be throwing you off. though. Value-wise, there isn't a lot of range/contrast so the saturation and bright color of the sky makes it pop forward in space. If you squint at this image to blur your vision a bit, you'll be able to see the limited value contrast. Lightening the sky would help a lot with the sense of space. In the future, do your best to retain more value contrast in an image like this to help it "pop". The color is really nice, but when everything is of such a similar saturation/value it can feel a bit spacially flat. It's interesting to compare this to the previous painting because this has much more vibrant color, but the last one had a lot of good value contrast. Finding a happy medium between the two styles would probably be ideal.

08/23/2014 Flag

Thank you for the great feedback. My reference photo was not great so I took the liberty of making up the sky and ocean. This was a good lesson to teach me to slow down and be more careful with technique. I very often get carried away with passion. I will work on this piece some more.

08/25/2014 Flag

The importance of having good source photos really cannot be overstated. I always say that I had to become a better photographer to become a better painter. :-D

09/05/2014 Flag