Wiley Smith Mounted Up

12x9 Acrylic on Panel
Private Collection

A portrait of my Great-Grandfather. Happy housewarming to my brother, Jim.


Ambera said…
Very touching, and sensitively painted, well done!
I can't think of a better housewarming gift than something as personal as this.
David Lloyd said…
Ambera...thanks so much. I think my brother will enjoy it.

Thanks to my Mom, too, whose great idea it was!
Anonymous said…
Your great-grandad could not look happier. I wouldn't be surprised if everyone smiles when they see this.

Your acylics really inspire me. You're one of the few role models that I have for acrylics.

Do you have a secret to how to avoid getting hard edges where you don't want them? (a tree branch against sky) Acrylics can be challenging for me in this way. Thank you for sharing your art with us.
David Lloyd said…
Hi anon...

Thanks for your kind comments. To be called an inspiration is, in turn, inspiring!

With acrylics, drybrushing over sharp edges is an effective way to soften things, and, if you learn to work quickly enough, you can manipulate the paint much the same way you would oils...smudging and such...but you must be very confident and learn to do it without fussing. Easier said than done, of course!

Also, varying degrees of pressure on the brush and using the surface (the tooth of the canvas, for example) to your advantage will help get softer edges.

When it comes to controlling edges, oils seemingly offer more options. But acrylic technique can be identical to oil technique...only moving at the speed of thought!

Thanks again, and good luck!!