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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 07:52 PM
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Art thread. I finished this painting yesterday.
Edited on Sun May-27-07 07:54 PM by swag


Grain Elevator, Laredo, MT.

It's 24 x 24", oil on canvas. Based on a snapshot my mom took in 1983. I had asked her and dad to go take some pictures of grain elevators for me for an unspecified future art project. 24 years later, I finally finished a painting based on one of the snappies.

I think a guy who came by the house and was impressed by the monochrome underpainting is going to buy it, but he'll have to wait until after this September show where I'm showing a bunch of square paintings.

Your turn.
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joneschick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 07:56 PM
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1. absolutely wonderful!
do you have more for us to see? :hi:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 07:59 PM
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3. Oh, here and there.
I really should start pulling together a web page for the show.

When I do, you will be the second to know.

Thanks!
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swimboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 11:05 AM
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16. I would like to be third.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 02:05 PM
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19. Mais bien sur!
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 07:58 PM
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2. fnord
Edited on Sun May-27-07 07:58 PM by swag
misplaced!
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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 08:10 PM
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4. amazing!
this is the kind of stuff my dad likes to paint, rural scenes. You are amazingly talented, wow.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 01:51 AM
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66. Your dad does rural scenes?
That's very cool.

I was warned off the grain elevator because apparently there's some local guy here who does nothing else, but he's welcome to do his thing and I'll do mine. If we glut the market with grain elevator paintings, so be it.
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lost-in-nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 08:11 PM
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5. I LOVE IT!!!!!
Edited on Sun May-27-07 08:12 PM by lost-in-nj
How Much????
really....
Is it framed???
PM me.....

lost
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 02:04 PM
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18. Heya.
It's $500 unframed (though I've painted around the edges of the stretched canvas).

A Portland guy has right of first refusal on this one, and if he refuses, I'll see if you're still interested at that price.

Thanks!
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 08:55 PM
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6. My dear swag!
This is stunning!

You have so many talents that it makes my head spin...

Beautiful.........thank you!
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 11:50 PM
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26. Oh, thanks Peggy.
Hey, did you see my Prius parked in front of the house in the doomed tree shot below?




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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 09:32 PM
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7. Very nice, Swag.
I'm kinda jealous- I've never done a square composition
I was happy with.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 11:53 PM
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27. Thanks, dicksteele.
I'm doing all squares until September.

It's a tough shape in which to compose, I agree. Like most folks, I suppose, I hope for occasional success.
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Haole Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 09:36 PM
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8. You just get better and better!
I love the play on the blue and blue/black sky...

and the way it makes the Grain Elevator pop!

:loveya:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 11:57 PM
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28. You know most people here in Oregon call the grain elevator a "barn."
Planet Portland is full of surprises.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-27-07 09:37 PM
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9. Wow! That's quite good.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 11:58 PM
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29. Thank you very much. I hadn't thought of painting a goose before, but I guess it worked.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 02:26 AM
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10. Art kick.
This is lovely, swag. Congratulations on the sale! :thumbsup:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:01 AM
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30. I did one of these on that great canvas you sent, but now I'm not sure which:




And I dusted this very day your painting, which I'm still quite plucked to have.
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 02:28 AM
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11. Nice.
I need to get some new visual stuff done. Most of my creative output lately has been working on film ideas.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:02 AM
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32. It's good that you're expending your creative energy.
Long may your fountain sputter, to paraphrase a travel writer summarizing the charms of a Cordoban hostel/bar.
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 01:22 AM
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65. Yeah, if all goes according to plan I should be shooting a short early next year.
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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 02:30 AM
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12. wow!
I love to see and hear talent live. Too cool.

:thumbsup:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:03 AM
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33. Thankums. Did you do your avatar?
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Rising Phoenix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 07:10 AM
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removed
Edited on Mon May-28-07 07:12 AM by Mrs. Sniffa
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Rising Phoenix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 07:10 AM
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13. duplicate
Edited on Mon May-28-07 07:12 AM by Mrs. Sniffa
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Rising Phoenix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 07:11 AM
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14. I love it
very serene
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:04 AM
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34. Wait until the grasshoppers jump into your mouth, and the mosquitos start biting.
But I bet that day in Laredo was serene.

Thank you so much.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 07:18 AM
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15. Eerie yet, fabulous.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:05 AM
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35. Thanks, Lyn.
What art are you working on now?
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 11:15 AM
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17. I love it.
I'm always amazed at your work.

:thumbsup:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:06 AM
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36. You are v. kind.
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 02:10 PM
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20. SweeeEt
very nice one!
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:12 AM
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42. Thanks, stuntcat.
I aim to please someone.

I'm not sure whom.

best,

s
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 02:15 PM
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21. Quite nice!
:thumbsup:

Here's a pic I took out in Iowa. I love grain elevators. Nothing says "rural landscape" like a grain elevator along the tracks at railroad avenue in some small town...



RL
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:10 AM
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41. What a gorgeous snapshot, rl.
Sweet cheesles.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 02:16 PM
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22. That is very nice indeed.
This is Imzadi. It is high time I did something new, but I have just not been inspired lately.

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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:09 AM
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40. I applaud your graphite, sir.
May you be inspired post haste, hereinbelow!
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GirlinContempt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 02:17 PM
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23. Very nice
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:08 AM
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39. Duty now for the future!
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devilgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 02:25 PM
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24. love it.
:-)
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:08 AM
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38. I am honored by your "love it."
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 11:42 PM
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25. I finally finished this one, too.
Edited on Tue May-29-07 12:13 AM by swag


"Rangefinder" - 2007, oil on canvas, 8x8"

A person who bought a previous painting has claimed right of first refusal on this one, so I need to show it to her, but it remains with me until after the September fiasco.
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:02 AM
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31. Fantastic!
I had to do a double take - I've never seen one that doesn't have either Alberta or Saskatchewan Wheat Pool inscribed on it.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:07 AM
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37. Ha! So much the same world, though.
Alberta, Saskatchewan, northcentral Montana. Funny, though, the difference in accent 30 miles can make.
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:13 AM
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43. My ma might have taken some anesthetic in '83 as I came into this world
Nice work. What do you do for the underpainting? Washes of umber or somesuch?
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:20 AM
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44. Underpainting was the usual light to dark value toss of mixes of
titanium white and raw umber. Good eye as always, Derwatt.

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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:23 AM
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45. My art studies ceased and desisted after I drypointed Rembrandt's intaglio self-portraits in the MIA
In each case I wanted his nose to look even more like a glans.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:26 AM
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46. Someday you will be an old man in a dry month being read to by a boy
waiting for rain.

Then maybe you'll rediscover the asperities that diverted you in your green time.

But I bet I've already tried these lines on you.
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 01:57 AM
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67. It's a shame you weren't in Chicago
We'll lure you out somehow one day.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:31 AM
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47. are you shooting these with an overhead, line/grid-sighting, or free drafting...
i've been instructed to ask...i like the camera too :)
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:37 AM
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49. You mean composing the jpegs I post?
Those I just shot with my digital camera and cropped with a Windows XP thing.

The grain elevators I would have gridded out, but found easier to eyeball from mom's snapshot, then verify with rule of thumb. Did some math.

The toothpaste tube, the tape dispenser, and the rangefinder camera were sitting on a table in front of me, then I drew them, then used the drawings as the basis for the paintings. When I painted, I still had the hapless models before me.

Thank you for liking the camera. That particular camera I still adore, even though it needs cleaning and repair in order to function. Long history with that lovely camera.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:40 AM
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50. um, i think getting the image or outline onto the canvas...
and then proceeding from there with paint & such, this could be me though----> :dunce:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:43 AM
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52. That must be the question.
Edited on Tue May-29-07 12:45 AM by swag
It's an interesting question: when is a painter "cheating?" (edit: that's not what you were asking, but that's a tangential question to the very practical question you're asking. By my lights, anyway.)

Was Eakins "cheating" when he used those optical devices? Was Richter "cheating" when he painted over projected images onto canvas?

Was Cy Twombly "cheating" when he scribbled with crayons onto crumpled paper?
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 01:03 AM
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57. it would seem Andy cheated us all...
(new info) a 'blocking grid' was sometimes used by the masters to rend sketches from paper onto larger canvas' i.e. Louvre Gallery sized oils, as a way to get it somewhere near where the concept began...x-ray images of several masterpieces, however, The Mona Lisa included, indicate changes in the composition from there for instance (end of new info)

we were driving by a guy that was doing an architectural rendering in the park the other day; easel, pencils, chair, steady stick, the whole nine (cept he didn't have a floppy straw hat for sun block :()...he seemed to be doing OK, but i felt for him cause it was way hot and he was just sitting there cooking in the sun,

hubby's done commissioned arch renderings for folks with special houses, and he just shoots/traces them - people still love'em...says the art can be with what you do with the image, color palette, approach, etc

but my kitchen is also stacked with templates, completely ulterior means of applying paint & "media" i.e. spray bottles, string, rollers too so again,

this could be me-----> :dunce:

question: do you have to paint a picture of something for it to be 'a painting'?
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 01:13 AM
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62. Did someone say "cheated"?
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 01:15 AM
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64. moi? perish the thought...
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:54 AM
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53. Oh, well when I've done a prelim drawing
I usually trace it with graphite tracing paper onto a canvas. I just go over the important lines in the drawing with a pointy metal thing, with graphite paper between the drawing (or xerox of the drawing) and the canvas.

Then, a martini for courage.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 01:06 AM
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58. hahaha, there'ya go!!
and a dirty martini for any perceived loss of so-called nobility :toast:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:56 AM
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54. Another good question is what's the point of making the so-called objective art anyway.
Good question!
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Ava Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:35 AM
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48. that is gorgeous swag!
i love it!

i don't have any photos of my paintings. i did a pastel for class once and won the city art contest for the 12-16 age group (this was back a few years ago, lol). i will have to find a photo of it, i know i have one somewhere.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:41 AM
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51. Wow, I know you're busy,
but come back to drawing, sketching, painting some time, if you get a chance. It's so gratifying. If you ever make it out this way, maybe you'll sit in on one of the drawing classes or crafting socials.

Do post your pastel when you find it. And whatever else you have done/are doing. Thanks, Ava.
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Ava Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 12:59 AM
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55. thanks swag
i use to paint all the time - i haven't picked up a brush in awhile though. i got a little into photography for a little while, but my brother is the real photographic talent in the family. i just think it's fun. here are a few photos i took:







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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 01:02 AM
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56. Very Cool Swag!
Looks very familiar to me to see a grain elevator especially an old one like that.

Good job!

:woohoo:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 01:07 AM
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59. Thanks, spk.
As it probably was for you, for us those things were often the only landmarks we had in our travels from place to place.

Even now when I'm driving from the airport in Great Falls, MT to the folks' house in Havre, I first see Big Sandy, Box Elder, etc., by their grain elevators.

Did you grow up in Arkansas or elsewhere?
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 01:11 AM
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61. Grew Up In Logan, Utah
and remember seeing grain elevators across the plains when we'd travel from Utah to Oklahoma to see my grandparents.

Been to Montana a few times too as a kid.

Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming were all frequented places at least in parts of them.

:hi:
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 01:08 AM
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60. I really really like the second picture you posted in #25
I am particularly fond of the colors you chose for that one. I always like looking at your stuff though I never comment! :hi:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 01:15 AM
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63. Great to hear from you.
I hope things are going well for you.

Maybe we'll meet some day soon.

Best to you, sir.
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My Good Babushka Donating Member (966 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 10:24 AM
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68. really nice!
I'm doing a commission right now, it's pretty tacky. Maybe I'll post it when I'm done. Swag, maybe you can school me on getting a classier clientele.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 05:49 PM
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69. Just have art shows at a local wine bar and invite all your friends
and all their friends to the openings. That might get things rolling. Or maybe somebody will buy you a glass of wine.

Good luck getting through that commission. I won't do commissions. But I am a dilettante.
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