The man is an angel, first for letting me use him as the subject of my first painted portrait ever, and second, letting me post it even though he doesn't really like it. 
He is always supportive of my art. He just doesn't think it looks like him. It does, though. Mostly.

Before it was done, he came into the studio to see how it was going. He noted that it looked more like an illustration than a painting, He was right about that. It was very "flat" at that point; mostly just underpainting, and it looked more like a caricature than a serious portrait. I admit i was a little worried about whether I could make it get better. 
I spent some more time on tones and values to try to get closer to what skin actually looks like, and I think it got a bit better. I don't think it's as good as I had hoped it would be, but it's definitely finished. 

I am not an artist who need to hide a work until it is done, at least not with the BLP. I like the feedback and he is usually very constructive in his comments. 

When it was finished, he saw it again. He looked very carefully, as he always does.

It's much better now, he said. But one thing- I don't think my forehead is quite that high. 

Millimeters matter when it comes to the individual proportions of each human face. And he's right. I made his forehead a little tiny bit higher than it really is. I agreed with him, and added It's just because of your big brain, you know and he laughed. 

Somewhat mollified, he complimented me on how I painted his jacket.
I thought he looked very handsome that day. We were dressed to play a gig, and we were just about to go on stage when I shot the reference photo.

I didn't manage to get his slight smile onto the canvas. 

He had no complaints on how I made his eyes a little extra blue. They are that piercing, though. 

I debated on whether or not to post it, even though he was fine with whatever I wanted to do.
I am still learning to paint, and I hope I will continue to learn and get better at it. 

He's been promised a new portrait with one of his guitars. 

Portrait of the BLP, Acrylic on canvas, 16" x 24" (c) Rose Guastella 2016


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Comment by Rosigami on April 29, 2016 at 12:55pm

He liked his ear very much! 

Comment by Phyllis on April 29, 2016 at 12:57pm

This is wonderful. I wish I could take your class.

Comment by Rosigami on April 29, 2016 at 1:05pm

I wish you could, too, Phyllis! It would be so much fun to have you there! 

Comment by M. C. Sears on April 29, 2016 at 1:34pm
I'm with Pyills would love to be iI your class.
Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 29, 2016 at 1:53pm

:)  :)

Comment by Rosigami on April 29, 2016 at 2:21pm

M.C. I could sure learn a lot from you about landscape painting, based on the pieces I've seen. Your palette and how you handle images is always beautiful. 

Comment by alsoknownas on April 29, 2016 at 2:22pm

Nice ear !

Comment by Rosigami on April 29, 2016 at 2:23pm

Jon, :) to you, too! 

Rita, thanks for coming by!

Comment by Rosigami on April 29, 2016 at 2:24pm

Thanks for noticing, aka! 

Comment by nerd cred on April 29, 2016 at 7:22pm

You are way too picky. That's great. (No, I don't know what he looks like. 8-)


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