Photo to Finished Painting Method

Mitch uses reference photos but does not render the final painting exactly from the picture: his photos are admittedly blurry, torn or digital images that he glances at while painting. People are always surprised to see the original photo when compaired to the final painting which is vastly different from the source photo. He interprets each photograph liberally, changing perspective or color or both. Working light to dark with plenty of water.

Materials

Mitch uses Acrylic paints in a Watercolor fashion which also allows for the opaque value to play along. Generally starting with a simple sketch on canvas using graphite. Liner brushes make all the difference. He’s currently experimenting in scupture using plaster, wax, modeling clay, resins, wood, wire and glue.

Style notes

Mitch is intrigued by the repetition of buildings and windows in his City Series, while gentle and expansive skies take over for the California paintings. His work swings between abstract realism and impressionism.

  • Joined: November 2010

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