I began this portrait back in December. It was delivered on June 5, 2018. My goal was to capture the love and comfortable friendship of our dear friends, Peggy and Bruce.
On the left you can see what the portrait looked like when I first began. I roughed the whole thing in as an underpainting in paynes grey. It was painted from a series of photographs that I took at Clearwater Beach, FL in the summer of 2016. I prefer to paint from life whenever possible, but most often people don't have the time or patience to sit for a portrait. Additionally, I try to reveal as much of the personality of my subjects as possible. Sometimes this means capturing them in their favorite places, as I did here. That day I took many shots of Peggy and Bruce, knowing they would be used for a portrait.
As you can see from the above picture, I have a few paint brands mixed up in my box, but Golden is my favorite brand and their Open Acrylics are my favorite paints of all. I love them because their drying time is much slower. They feel like painting with oils.
If you paint with acrylics I highly recommend Golden Open Acrylics. I painted with oils for many years, and I loved their “plasticity”, but I stopped using them because the solvents required are toxic and hard on septic systems. Golden Open Acrylics feel a lot like oils, but frankly, I like them better.