Category Archives: painting

death of artboy68

No, not really. Just the name… I have been away finding myself, and it has been good. I will leave this site up for my own reference, (it’s always good to look back), but in the meantime I’ll be charging ahead with new work, new expressions, new discoveries born from incessant exploration. Shouldn’t that be what art is about? Please come and find me and if you like what you see, let me know! This site was started with the concept of using visitor’s comments as the engine, and a beautiful community and some lasting connections sprouted from it.

Come check out my new site, click that ‘follow’ button to stay connected and let’s start again! ūüôā

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realist, or…?

Are you a realist? If so, what kind of realist are you?

If not, what’s your angle? I’m interested.


Struggling Realist




1. a person who is aware of and accepts the physical universe, events, etc., as they are; pragmatist
2. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an artist or writer who seeks to represent the familiar or typical in real life rather than an idealized, formalized, or romantic interpretation
3. (Philosophy) Philosophy a person who accepts realism
4. (Philosophy / Logic) (Philosophy) (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) (modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of realism or realists in the arts, philosophy, etc. a realist school
Collins English Dictionary ‚Äď Complete and Unabridged¬†¬© HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
"I'm in need of a remix" acrylic & ink on paper, 22" x 30" artboy68 2013

“I’m in need of a remix”
acrylic & ink on paper, 22″ x 30″
artboy68 2013

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new painting, different direction

Ok so I lied, this is nothing like what I said I was going to do but hey- I should just keep my mouth shut more often…

The walls before me

‘the walls before me’
acrylic & ink on panel
10″ x 13-1/4″
artboy68 2013

This was really fun for me, a welcome departure from the realism, which I do so wrestle with at times.

edge detail

edge detail

If you like it, let me know!  Thanks,


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new painting: “Porcine Man”

"Porcine Man", acrylic on paper, 18 1/2" x 22"

“Porcine Man”, acrylic on paper, 18 1/2″ x 22″

You may recognize this as a drawing I posted last year; ¬†I’ve also taken the liberty of renaming it. (Hey it’s my picture and I can do whatever I want with it…) ¬†Really though, this was a great way for me to get the brushes out without having to think too much- just what I needed to kick off a new year.

Enjoyed the process, feel free to leave your honest opinion!



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new drawing; ‘Electrolux’

'Electrolux' graphite study

‘Electrolux’ graphite study

Intended to be a quick study for a larger work; ¬†got a little carried away as this is the first drawing I’ve done in a while. ¬†(A wee hiatus). ¬†This year I will be focusing on imagery which combines vintage machines with the human figure. ¬†Click on the image for a closer look.

Thanks for watching,


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Hello, Sue Brown. You’re portrait 100.

Sue Brown, 15 1/4" x 15 1/4", acrylic on cradled wood panel

Sue says:

“I coach. I write. I draw. I help people bring more creativity, meaning and balance¬†into their lives and work. My clients want to be more creative: either for their own enjoyment, to think differently in their organisations, or as a career change.¬†I work with individuals and groups.

Check out my¬†website¬†for more information and you can follow me on¬†”¬†

They say the proof is in the pudding. Here’s the pudding: 

I appreciate your talent, Sue. This one’s for you!

And this concludes my project. I have learned a few things during the process:

Relatively, 100 is a lot. I mean, 100 pennies is not a lot- but for me, 100 portraits is a lot.

I was able to accomplish a goal, on time.

Giving is a great way of getting.

Profile pictures usually portray the owner’s true personality. (Interesting!) For interest:¬†

Even though I got a bit tired half way through, I looked forward to doing each drawing.

I only threw one portrait in the trash. I learned to push through the doubt.

Doing a public blog challenge really is a great way to stay accountable, share, and get work done!

Time in:

I spent approximately 300 hours on this project, including prep time, drawing, researching and posting. (I also work full time.)

What now?

I will continue making art and posting it here, just not at the same pace. You might see something a bit different…

I am open to taking portrait commissions, all sizes. I will have a web site up shortly; until then, I can be reached at

Thank you for following along and all of your awesome comments. I will now have more time for¬†reading others’ blogs!



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torso in 2 colours- first painting for 2012

Torso In 2 Colours, acrylic on cribbed panel, 30" x 40"

As I have said previously, I am also a figurative artist; 2D and 3D.  This painting was an exercise in using complimentary colours- only two colours were used (plus white): sap green and quinacridone red, sometimes out of the tube, and sometimes mixed to achieve varying neutrals. I used a glazing technique of laying one colour over the other in layers, often mixed with clear acrylic medium.

On my easel now is a self portrait which will be numbered, as suggested, #101. Will share when complete!


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sneak peek: process photos of ‘torso in 2 colours’

Here are some photos of a project I’ve been working on lately: ¬†Torso In 2 Colours

I’m looking for some helpful critiques!



btw I’ve decided to sign my paintings as AB68 from here on, so when you see that encryption, it’s me! Why? Google Scott Hamilton & try to find me. ¬†Then google artboy68…. what’s in a username, after all? Comments?

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Elly Huizinga paints artboy68

artboy68, by Elly Huizinga

Imagine my surprise when I stumble across this while scrolling through some blogs I follow…. Accompanied only by the words, “I know that boy….?”, of course I recognize this as a painting of myself immediately.

Get to know Elly on her own blog: . She has a daily drawing feature which I have been following for a while and enjoy greatly.

Thank you so much Elly!


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thirty two. Sperlin; co-owner of the freakin’ coffee shop

Sperlin, acrylic on panel, 13 3/4" x 13 3/4"

The freakin’ coffee shop not only has great coffee; they have reinvented the whole concept and made themselves into an arts and culture hub in the community. ¬†I recently had the opportunity to speak with Sperlin at a costume party and was so struck by his awesome garb that I just asked him if I could do his portrait. ¬†He kindly posed for me on the spot as I whipped out my phone and snapped a photo.

Check out the website and learn about the awesomeness of my own home town:

This is portrait 32 of 100.  Previous portraits can be seen here, or learn more about this project.

Don’t be shy, leave a comment!



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