Michael Jackson in Shades

All week long I've been working on a new celebrity painting in oils. I've been wanting to do Michael Jackson for awhile. Finally found a couple of photos I wanted to work from, and this one is the result. The first animated photo below shows the painting in process from start to finish. This is the first time I've taken photos of one of my paintings in progress, so thought it would be fun for this. The second image is a static image of the final results.

I really love how this turned out, especially considering this is the first time I've done an oil painting in almost 3 years! It's not perfect, but I love it anyway. And it's taken me a long time to learn to stop dinking with a painting at a certain point...otherwise you can just go too far and mess things up worse (and that's exactly what happens when I don't stop when I should)! I'll be doing another painting of MJ too, using a photo of him from a different time period as a reference. He's going to have curls in that painting. Hopefully I'm as pleased with that one when I'm finished as I am with this one. Curls are not easy! Wish me luck.