hi vineris, thanks for taking the time to critique my work!
i really like your landscapes, you have a great sense of colour and mood. i really love the colours and the minimalism in the painting of the reeds as well as the painting with the purple clouds! Keep up the awesome work!
So here's the story. This year I thought I'd do an acrylic portrait for International Self-Portrait Day. Sat down after lunch, started working, three hours or so later the light was going and dinnertime was nigh. I took the thing out to the kitchen to get a second opinion and Mr. Vin and I agreed that the portrait was shite. Complete and utter crap.
So after a good dose of swearing and dinner I took another couple hours to do this digital self-portrait, from life for a change (I usually end up doing them from photos because, well, look at the lighting. Atmosphere de fluorescent bulb.)
But now I have this problem with acrylics. Then I remembered that there used to be a guy who did these little acrylic portraits for practice using a big brush and limited palette. So I decided to start doing a few for practice and see whether I can improve. They're tiny so they can be done quite quickly, apart from the usual lot of work I still plan to do.
These took about half an hour each. The first one I used iron oxide black as the cool colour and quinacridone red for the red, the second I switched to Payne's gray and permanent alizarin hue. I'm also using yellow ochre and titanium white. I think I'll stick with Payne's gray as I seem to like it, but I'm not sure I've settled on a red.
So... the big brush was really hard to control and I'm not really pleased with the results, but hey, I guess when you're at the bottom all roads lead up. The cheering thought is that I can steal photos with impunity because no photographer is going to recognize their subjects in these.