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David Hipwell
Oconto , Wisconsin - United States
Acrylics - Portraits & Figures

2008 Shows(All in Wisconsin, USA):
Mar 15 Howard Bayport High Sch Arts and Cr S
Mar 29 30 Oshkosh Hilton Garden Inn Altrusa Club
May 10 Green Bay Bay Beach Spring Wings Fine A
May 17 Bailey's Harbor Town Hall Lighthse walk
May 24 25 Sturgeon Bay Sunset Park Fine Art Fair
Jun 10 Oshkosh South Park Fine Art Show
Jun 14 15 Ephraim Fyr Bal Lakefront undecided?
Jun 22 Manitowoc Riverwalk Lakefront
Jun 29 Menominee Michigan, Great Lakes Marina
Jul 4 Bailey's Harbor Town Hall fireworks end
Jul 13 Oshkosh Paine Art Center undecided?
J15,16,17 Greenleaf Wis Farm Tech Days Arts and C
Jul 19 Pulaski Downtown Polka Days
Jul 27 Appleton Pierce Park Art in Pk undcded?
Aug 2 Lakewood Town Hall Arts and Craft show
Aug 9 10 Algoma Downtown ShantyDays Arts and C S
Aug 15 16 17 Port Washington Lakefront undecided?
Aug 24 Greenbush Old Wade house Arts and Cr Sh
Spt 13 14 Marinette Pine Tree Mall Arts and Cr Sh
Sept 20 Two Rivers Ethnic...
phone: 920 834 6341
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First......I use acrylic paint that has a lot of water in it. This allows it to "spread out and dry smooth with no texture.

Second.....a) The background is very important. I like to put down a lot of layers for the background part of the picture.....for example if I have a building in the background that is red. Ill paint it red once...they paint it over with 3 or 4 more layers of different tones of red. Why....well the background has to has to have some thickness (of paint) to create contrast with the ghost that you will paint over top pop out.

b) Put in a medium amount of black into the background...

c) Paint the background items very distinctly.

Third..........a) The ghost itself. I draw the ghost overtop of the background with pencil. Use a hard pencil.....I use a #3 so as to get as little lead on the painting. And dont smear the lead with your hands as you paint....and if too much lead gets on the painting, remove it by dabbing masking tape on the canvas. Further, to prevent smearing you can cover parts of the ghost that you are not working on with a piece of paper.

b) Now you outline the parts of the ghost figure very lightly with the dominate color of of each part of the ghost....for example, blue for the hat, flesh color for the face, black for the shoes, etc. Do it very lightly with a lot of water in the paint.....and don worry if you miss or just choose to leave out some lines....after all it is a ghost and every line does not need to be choose which parts of the ghost you want to emphasize.....not

c) Now you are ready for some what I call, "smear technique" paint over the lines you just painted paint that has a lot of water in it....but quick before it smear the paint with your finger from the out outside of the figure toward the center of the figure. Do each part of the ghost figure in turn. Do each color in turn. This is how I shade the ghost figure. You could also do this with a brush instead of a finger.

d) Wait for the paint to dry. Erase the pencil lines from your ghost figure....and voila....there is your ghost.

About David Hipwell
You can see high quality pictures of my paintings at If you are interested in acrylic painting, I suggest you check out these websites. Why? Because, a written description of visual art would be nonproductive. Obviously you have to look at my art and see if you get an emotional reaction from same.

Now if you like my art, you will want to know a bit about the artist because you cannot separate the art from the artist. here goes...I am retired and live with my wife, Suzy in a nice white colonial house in Oconto, Wisconsin with 2 naughty cats. I do all types of paintings....sports portraits, flowers, animals, scenery, cityscapes, lighthouses, ghosts, americana. I use my imagination but also try to paint photorealistically. Every painting I do has a story behind it. A while back I was into painting lighthouses with ghosts. I was into nostalgia...when I visited a lighthouse, I imagined who lived there many years ago. Right now I am really into sports portraits. Most of the time I think of a sports icon and then dream up a painting concept about the icon. Right now the guy that everyone is thinking about is Brett Favre. It is probably his last year. Also painting the human face is very very challenging. So right now it is Brett...but next it might be Elvis, or a politian (well, maybe not) or maybe Ill paint a farm scene. The options are endless. You can visit my studio and gallery at my home here in Oconto. The gallery contains my paintings. It is all lit up with track lighting and is very impressive. I can show you my latest creation and discuss the ideas behind it, and demonstrate painting technique, etc. Or I can just show you the pretty paintings. Directions to my gallery: Oconto, Wisconsin is located 30 miles north of Green Bay Wisconsin. Take highway 41 north out of Green Bay, turn right onto Main Street in Oconto (at the McDonald's restaurant, drive thru Downtown Oconto and turn left onto Park Avenue, drive about 6 blocks to my gallery, a big white colonial house, 808 Park Avenue, located on the right side of Park Avenue. Ring my bell and come on in. My phone number is 920 834 6341. Email is and I check it every day. During the second weekend of June, we have Copperfest here in Oconto. Copperfest is a community festival with events for kids and adults. On the Friday of Copperfest, I will have open house and my paintings on display outside in my yard. This very nice venue for a family visit to my home. My yard is huge and had beautiful flowers. It has Suzy's Garden, planted and maintained my my wife, Suzy.

Barack Obama - Acrylic - 9 by 12 - $1000

Alicia Brown
2009-07-06 13:34:11
i relly admire your style you are very good at what you do.
David Hipwell
2008-05-03 05:59:52
Sorry Annette...this is my blog address
David Hipwell
2008-05-03 05:50:36
Of course I went to your site on here and viewed same. I love to draw hands too as part of an entire figure. I want to see how I paint ghosts I have a blog at Thanks for the comments. Dave
Annette Pompa
2008-05-02 11:36:06
I really love your "ghost" ideas!! It makes the typical more interesting! Had fun on your site too! Glad I had the chance to see your work here! Hope to see more.
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