Painting of Martin Luther King Jr.
“Our lives begin to end the day that we become silent” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Never forget the man or his message of equality
Pop Art / Urban Painting: Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas.
This one is a bit of a departure for me…
I enjoy pushing myself trying to find the sweet spot of color and art combined to make something cohesive…
After drawing out the basic shape of his head, I used spray paint and different patterns in different colors.
MEDIUM: Mixed Media includes acrylic paint, pigment stick and paint pen.
COLORS: black, orange, yellow, pink, purple
SIZE: Measures 24 x 18 x 1.5″ (61x 46 cm) on stretched canvas SIDES:White
Spray paint and Airbrush
Montana Gold’s are my spray paints of choice when working on a bit larger pieces. For small work I mix my own colors. I’ve pretty much perfected the mix of paint, retarder and airbrush medium for shooting airbrush paints here in the semi-arid climate of Northern California. The Montana Gold’s have to be shot outside since there’s no exhaust in my home studio. Even when airbrushing though, you do have to use an exhaust system. One day I will have an outside studio so I don’t have to worry about fumes, over-spray, and paint mess everywhere.
After I spray the patterns, next I trace over my original sketch with a lightfast carbon black acrylic marker. I recently picked up the large Liquitex Paint Marker, It’s 15mm and covers a lot of area. I much prefer the Uni Posca pens though, their intensity and pigmentation is superior, I think.
While great attention to detail is placed on MLK jr.s face, the painting gets looser and more abstract as we get down to his suit. The hope was to force our eyes to focus on the man and his message.
Did you know that every one of my portrait painting’s (not commissioned paintings) so far, has a heart hidden in them? It’s true, in some cases there are several hearts in each of them!!! Just sayin’ 😊
Painting of Martin Luther King Jr., is available here
Sending you love, because MLK Jr. would have wanted us to love and share with each other just a bit more!