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November 10, 2006
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Nov 11, 2006, 1:10:15 AM
Ben Kweller. by hever Ben Kweller. by hever
NOTE: The painting is done on an OVAL canvas. No more criticism about the border--it's only there because the format needed to be rectangular for uploading purposes!

There's a story behind this.
Since I entered grad school, I've been so busy that I hardly paint anymore. In fact, for a while I hadn't been taking any time for had just been school, internship, eat, and sometimes sleep.
A few weeks ago I took Chris to see Ben Kweller for our anniversary. I hadn't been to a concert in at least 2 years and I forgot how fun it was...and also, it was just great to get out and about.
In return, Chris gave a new easel, a tube of paynes grey, and a tube of caput mortem violet.
I was inspired to paint...but what?
That's when Chris said, "There's a bunch of high resolution photos of Ben Kweller...paint him."
And what do you know, the jacket he was wearing was exactly caput mortem violet.
Although I don't usually paint from photos that I don't take myself, I decided what the hell...I'm not going to put it in a gallery or sell it...painting it would be strictly for me and my sanity. I provide art therapy for several clients a week--it was about time I started painting for my own therapeutic needs.
So, thanks Ben Kweller for putting a little rock and roll back into my life.

(Listen to Ben Kweller: [link])

Oil on Canvas

*original photo taken by Michael Waring
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josh-mcd Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Aw man, I love Ben Kweller. And you did an incredible job on him. The whole mood here. Nice and warm. It's so nice. I've yet to see him live. He seems like he'd be awesome.
hever Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hurrah for Ben Kweller! He is pretty awesome--next time he comes around, you should see about catching him.
And thanks for your comment :)
DriversCoot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
amazing painting! :heart:
Ben Kweller is so freakin' awesome :D
I hope I get to see him live sometime.
hever Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you--he is pretty rad. Next time he comes around you'll have to try to catch a show :)
DriversCoot Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
you're welcome ^__^
I'm so gonna try to catch one of his shows and VERY hopefully meet him :XD:
but it's odd I can't find the tour dates anywhere on his site :?
hever Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
well, he's probably not touring at the moment then...he just came around last year to promote his latest he's probably working on a new album now.
Hanishi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
Again, I love the way you paint eyes!
I also really the oval border, it makes it slightly different and draws your eye to the center. :)
hever Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks again--what's interesting about this painting is that it's done on an oval canvas.
anjaleck Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to let you know I am featuring this in my latest journal. If you would like to have it removed, please let me know and I will removed it immediately. [link]

Gothicide Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
I really like the color, it reminds of old school beer advertisiments...

excellent job...
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