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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:58 PM
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Two more paintings. Others are invited to show their art in this thread.
I finished this one last week. It's 8"x8" oil on canvas.



I finished this one last year and have a very uneasy relationship with it, though some people really like it. I'll show it at the December show because people end up liking and buying things that I'm unsure of. It's 22"x28" oil on canvas.

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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:05 PM
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1. Great work!
And I have to admit, I really like the second one. There's a dynamic in it I absolutely appreciate. Call me a weirdo or Wesley, I like it. :thumbsup:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:06 PM
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2. Thanks, kind fellow. I know you see wonderful art daily around your
home, so your words mean a lot.
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:14 PM
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8. My words don't do justice.
Just be very, very afraid if I use 'interesting.' :P

Do you sell those, yes? I'd love to buy me and Heidi a swag painting!
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:50 PM
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14. Well, I'm very happy to have me a Heidi hanging in my house,
so I hope to one day return that favor.
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:07 PM
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3. Nice work
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 04:07 PM by Mz Pip
I know what you mean about people liking stuff that you're not sure of. I've had that happen with my work. THere are things I'm about ready to throw away and someone comes along and just loves it.

Here's one of my small oil paintings 8 x 10 inches. Mostly I do landscapes.




Mz Pip
:dem:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:09 PM
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5. I like it a lot. Would love to see more.
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:22 PM
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10. Thanks!
Mostly, I do photography but still like to paint when I have the time.

Here's one of my photos.




Mz Pip
:dem:
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:01 PM
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18. I am absolutely IN LOVE with this painting, Mz Pip!
I know it is one of those "could be anywhere" landscapes, which is part of its unbelievable charm.

The minute I saw it, I was reminded of growing up on Long Island, and the many creeks and rivers we found, when "exploring" as kids, before the subdivisions started spreading and taking over the natural landscape.

Absolutely beautiful!!!
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 10:54 AM
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67. Beautiful
I love the colors, very calming.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:08 PM
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4. My dear swag!
Those are both interesting and unusual paintings...

I like them! Thank you for posting them...and I hope you sell them!

Here's some examples of my artwork: I hope you enjoy this thread of mine...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:10 PM
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6. Goodness me. Simply amazing, Peggy.
Thanks for posting those.
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:13 PM
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7. Nice.
I love how it's always just a lone, mundane object. Makes your work oddly compelling.

I need to get some new shit done soon. I started a few items over the summer, but have yet to finish any.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:58 PM
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16. Look forward to seeing them when they're done.
I really liked the last item I saw. But I can't find it right now. My search lacks sophistication.
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:14 PM
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25. It's all on my deviantart page.
Which I do believe is linked in my profile.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:01 PM
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26. Gracias. Will have a peek.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:44 PM
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27. Oh yeah. This one by you made me happy.
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:49 PM
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30. Ahh, yeah, I'm particularly fond of that one.
I've started the next one in that series, which I'm liking, but I just can't figure out how to finish it.
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:20 PM
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9. Very nice, indeed. I like the 2nd one too...
I do not do art, except writing...

Dying is an art, like everything else.
I do it exceptionally well.
I do it so it feels like hell.
I do it so it feels real.
I guess you could say I've a call.


Sylvia Plath

RL
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:01 PM
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17. My stars, is that from "Lady Lazarus"?
Loved reading Sylvia Plath, but I feel quite bad for Ted Hughes who so many fools blame for her suicide.

Regardless, I enjoy your writing and I know I'm not alone. Charge on.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:25 PM
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11. Very cool.
What makes you focus on mundane objects as the objects you pain?

It must have taken forever to get that stapler down so well. The texture in the metalic surfaces, the rivets, the places where the plates meet. That's amazing.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:04 PM
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19. I like the objects.
I remember a sunny day when I took psilocybin mushrooms with a girlfriend back in Missoula. We spend a good 20 minutes staring at a telephone pole, marveling at its beauty.

I just like the things you look at so often that you don't see any more. I think that might be true of a lot of people who draw.

In January, I switch to portraits. Wish me luck.

How are you, man? I hope I can get to your neck of the woods again next spring.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:11 PM
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24. I hope you can too!
Hell, I have a spare room if you'll need a place to stay.

Good luck with those portraits. It will be interesting to see your way of capturing the details and textures of something organic.
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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:27 PM
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12. Well, if you'll permit a nonpainterly submission...
Winter

In this garden,
Among the phantom blossoms
Of an imagined spring,
You spoke of winter,
Its deep secret gifts,
And the burdens of hope.

I didn't see,
Could find no redemption
In the frozen earth,
No refuge for dreams;
Just the scraping of branches
On the world's grey roof.

You turned then,
Your eyes a perfect image
Of chromed sky,
And brushed my lips with a kiss,
Soft and final as snow.

When we speak
What do we say?

When we love
Who are we?

So the heedless seasons flow,
Down the long years
Each to the next,
Shaping and defining
Our eternal day.

Yet, somewhere,
Maybe in this world,
It is always winter;
And in that place
Lives a garden
Where a single kiss
Endures forever.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:56 PM
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13. Wow...
That is just wonderful.......

It took my breath away, completely away.......

Thank you...... :hug:

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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 04:49 AM
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38. Thank you Peggy.
It's very gratifying that you think so. My heart is warmed beyond measure.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:07 PM
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20. Won't profane that with my words
except to say that I liked it and its themes very much.
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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 04:50 AM
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39. Thank you swag...
...that means a great deal to me.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:56 PM
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15. That's where my fucking tape dispenser is......
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:08 PM
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21. I'm a little hurt that you mistook the carburetor for a tape dispenser.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:08 PM
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22. Those are good!
Nice job! :hi:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:10 PM
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23. Thanks for looking, bigwillq,
and thanks for the wave.
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Haole Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:46 PM
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28. Those are amazing!
You have so much talent!
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:41 PM
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32. They were fun to do.
Next up: Maximum Roller-skating!
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:49 PM
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29. We photographers stand in awe of you painters.
Not many others might be willing to tell you that, but it's true.

Redstone
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:39 PM
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31. It's fun, as you know.
The art.
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cleofus1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:47 PM
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33. that's some damn wonderfull work...
it's the kind of stuff i expect to see in a museum or gallery...here's what i'm working on now...acrylic on canvas 24 inches by 40 inches...

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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:00 PM
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34. Very nice, cleofus.
love the foreshortening and the light especially.

Quite lovely.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 04:46 AM
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55. This is my favorite painting yet, cleofus.
Thank you for this. It's just gorgeous. :pals:
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cleofus1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 08:20 AM
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60. and that's very nice of you to say!
your piece is great...i can sit and look at it for hours...and it seems to have a narrative...but a story that changes every time i look at it...
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 10:58 AM
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68. Wow
very powerful.
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:02 PM
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35. Not a painting, but...
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:11 PM
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36. Wow.
Where do you get leaves like that?
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 06:51 PM
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42. That was taken near Tyler Bend at the Buffalo National River
in North Central Arkansas.
The trees were on fire when we were out there.

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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:16 PM
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37. here's a couple or three of my CG landscapes (probable dialup warning)....
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 11:27 PM by mike_c
Your work inspires me-- it makes me recall that I need to start painting again. These are some of my recent computer graphics landscapes:


Straits At Dusk:




Snowblind Pass:




The Steppes:



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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 06:28 PM
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40. Have I silently marveled at these before?
I see the Steppes, but am getting red Xs on Snowblind Pass and Straits at Dusk.

That Steppes image is just insane. Love the crazy sky too.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 06:45 PM
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41. cox server must be down-- they'll come back I think....
eom
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:07 AM
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43. I love your work, swag.
I think one of the most memorable was the painting you did of the padlock. For some reason it made me hungry. The texture you put into your paintings is wonderful.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:16 AM
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44. Do you think it was a butterscotch padlock?
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:11 PM
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45. No. Something a little "saltier", I think.
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 12:12 PM by Sugar Smack
:D Like chicken or gator.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:01 PM
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46. Goodness me. I've only had gator on Pizza.
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:20 PM
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47. Mmmmmmmmmm...beautiful.
You have a way, swag. Thank you for that. :applause:
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 08:16 AM
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59. Pad(lock) Thai?
Edited on Thu Nov-02-06 08:16 AM by Richardo
:hide:
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swimboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:29 PM
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48. It's good to see more of your work.
Thanks for posting it. If there the gallery or the show mounts a website, please share.

Here's a picture I took quite a while ago:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:52 PM
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49. That's a cool shot.
Hey, has the Euro-vacation afterglow worn off for you and your man yet? Looks like it was a great adventure.

Here is what we have for the show at the moment. I feel pretty good about it. There may be one or two more paintings by each of us. Then in January, we're having an "Undeserved Retrospective" at the same place, showing some far different stuff dating back to, oh, like 1982. Actually dating back to the mid-sixties if Aitch has her way.
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swimboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 02:06 PM
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50. That's going to be a great show.
I can completely understand your unwillingness to part with the sparkplug. It's all some very fine work and makes me wish that Portland were a little easier to get to from here. I have no doubt I will one day cross the wine shop threshold--it's just a matter of time.

The trip was amazing. I haven't written much about it yet. It has been hard to get back to normalcy. It's just too fucking normal. The first week back at work was about catching up. The second week back was about being bummed about being back. This is the week that will take my measure.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 02:21 PM
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51. See that you do cross the wine shop threshold.
And the sparkplug has been sold, but the owner let me show it anyway, so that's nice. I'll miss it maybe as much as I miss the lock, but it too will be in friendly hands.

Sorry you got bummed about being back. Have a good time this week. And let us all know about that trip if you get a hankering. I certainly enjoyed the pics and reports I've seen so far.
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Neoma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 02:45 PM
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52. Makes me want to paint.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:14 PM
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53. Oh, I see painting is listed in your
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 03:15 PM by swag
interests.

We have at least that and atheism in common.

on edit: oh, and anti-war, libraries, museums, . . .

Love the sick chemical smells of oil painting, me.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 04:39 AM
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54. swag, I especially love the stapler! Here are some
of mine:


Austin | oil on prepared paper | 30 cm x 30 cm



Meredith at Six | oil on canvas | 30 cm x 30 cm



Silver at 10 | oil on canvas | 40 cm x 40 cm



Silver at 11 | oil on canvas | 50 cm x 70 cm



Letter from Terlingua, Texas | mixed media on prepared paper | 18 cm x 25 cm



Journal | mixed media on prepared paper | 25 cm x 18 cm

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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 07:55 AM
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56. Stunning, Heidi.
You are a true talent.

Thanks for posting those.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 08:53 AM
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61. But I can't do objects half as well as you do, swag.
We're a mutual admiration society. :D
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buddhamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 07:59 AM
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57. stunning, Heidi
Edited on Thu Nov-02-06 08:00 AM by buddhamama
i love the depth in your paintings.

I especially like the detail. I can see your 'copied' self as the stamp in your journal painting.

absolutely beautiful. :) :hug:
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 08:55 AM
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62. Hey, gf!
Thanks for your kind words. :hug:

(The dimensions are way off on that little postage stamp, but what the heck. Most people wouldn't recognize it as me, anyway. ;) )
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 11:00 AM
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69. Oh wow!
Those portraits are amazing! I wish I had seen these before I posted my lame attempt. LoL.

Truly wonderful work!
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 11:20 AM
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73. No, no, no! Don't say that!
I have no formal training, gf. Everything I know is a gift from other artists' experiences and my own willingness to make mistakes.

I envy your ability with colored pencils. To my own embarrassment, I don't know the first thing about colored pencils, how to use them, what paper is appropriate, etc. I own probably 50 really nice Caran d'Ache "Pablo" colored pencils but they just sit around and intimidate me. x(
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buddhamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 08:02 AM
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58. nice work, swag.
i am digging the stapler painting most of all. your perspective is great. thanks for sharing. :thumbsup: :)
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 11:18 AM
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70. Thanks, buddhamama.
Them's some kind words.
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 09:20 AM
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63. Ok, what the hell...
Sorry if this is huge. My kids (a few years ago), colored pencil 18 1/2 x 12 1/2

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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 11:19 AM
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71. So nicely done.
And such great looking kids.

Great colored pencil technique.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 11:23 AM
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74. What beautiful children!
You've certainly got the hang of portraiture, and I'm jealous that you know how to make colored pencils work. The folds and shadows in the clothing are _outstanding_. :thumbsup:

Do you mind sharing what brand of colored pencils and what kind of paper (weight, etc.) work for you? :blush:
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 11:27 AM
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75. Prismacolor
I haven't really settled on a certain paper. Cold pressed is best for colored pencil, something with a little tooth to hold the color. I'm still learning. And I'm a very very slow worker.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 11:29 AM
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76. Ooooooooooooooooooo . . .
I was just looking through my art catalogue this evening. Hmmmmm. I feel some debt coming on. :evilgrin:

Respectfully submitted,

Heidi (art supplies junkie)
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 09:28 AM
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64. Some of my still life photography
Edited on Thu Nov-02-06 09:30 AM by Pacifist Patriot
From the "Fruit of the Vine" Series







From the "Game Night" Series





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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 09:30 AM
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65. Love those
:hi:
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 09:31 AM
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66. Thank you. Those of us who can't paint. *shrug*
So many talented artists. Unfortunately my hand does not communicate properly with my eyes and my brain when I try to draw or paint something. Head = circle with two dots and a curve for the mouth
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 11:20 AM
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72. Super impressive.
Great compositions.

Thanks for posting those photos.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 11:33 AM
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77. Oh, wow.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

I've long wanted to attempt a still-life painting, much like Scott Fraser's work. But I've absolutely no idea how to light the still life arrangement so that I can paint from life. Here's some of Scott Fraser's work: http://www.sfraser.com/pages/images-main-frameset.htm
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-02-06 11:42 AM
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78. Oooo, cool stuff.
My photos were almost an accident. I happened to have an empty dining room after installing new flooring and waiting for new furniture. The light coming in the front window was absolutely perfect at the right time of morning. Only happens for 3 1/2 weeks a year. I just started grabbing things around the house and putting them together. These were the results.
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