Smoking Man

Smoking Man

Written by Jez Hunt

The Accidental Artist | Painting

26th August 2021

Still on the theme of portraits, today’s painting is of a young man smoking a pipe.

This was also a study just using black and white acrylic paint and improving on techniques we have used in previous lessons.

We learn and improve through a mixture of repetition and making small significant changes, so over time, the results get better.

This is what I believe the lessons in life are about. Giving us the opportunity to learn, make changes and improve the outcome.

Sometimes though, we don’t realise that a ‘problem’ we are faced with has been something that has come up before – we don’t make the connection, so we find similar things happening to us again and again.

One of the quotes that car maker Henry Ford is remembered for saying is “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

It amazes me how people can keep doing exactly the same thing and yet expect different results.

So when I saw the reference for this painting, it may have initially looked similar to the man in the beard in 40 Shades Of Grey but I changed it up. I used some of the techniques I learned from that session but also incorporated some of my own ideas.

Just because a situation looks similar to something which has happened to you before, doesn’t mean you have to react or respond in exactly the same way.

Try changing it up a bit. Do something different. Let go of outcomes and see how things pan out… quite often for the better!

With love xx

#acrylicpainting #lifejourney #continuousimprovement #accidentalartist

Painting Details:

For this portrait, I built on the shading techniques I’ve learnt so far, and experimenting with other ideas.

Medium: Acrylic on 300gsm Aquafine Smooth Watercolour board
Width: 29.7 cm
Height: 42 cm

This item is:

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Copyright of any reference materials used to create the paintings remains with the original author(s). All Rights Reserved.

Raising For Charity

In August 2020, my best friend was diagnosed as having Myeloma, a cancer that affects the bone marrow.

While there is a lot of awareness and publicity over other forms of cancer, there is not so much known about this one.

There are various treatments currently offered, but as yet, there is no cure.

Any money raised from the sale of my paintings or donated using the button below will be given to Myeloma UK towards funding research to find a cure.


Current Target: £1,500

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(and to those of you who have purchased one of my paintings or made a donation, a very special thank you!)

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