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Thu Oct 10, 2019, 07:22 PM

This is a picture I painted of President Obama before he turned gray

Last edited Sun Oct 13, 2019, 09:54 PM - Edit history (1)

I want to make a very large one of 3 ft x 3 ft or larger some day.

Itís only two colors, black and white, which symbolizes, among other things, his mixed race parentage. I wanted to do something that represented a racially united country. Little did I know!

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Reply This is a picture I painted of President Obama before he turned gray (Original post)
lunatica Oct 2019 OP
AJT Oct 2019 #1
tblue37 Oct 2019 #2
dchill Oct 2019 #3
KT2000 Oct 2019 #4
lunatica Oct 2019 #5
Thekaspervote Oct 2019 #6
lunatica Oct 2019 #8
LyndaG Oct 2019 #7
backtoblue Oct 2019 #9
lunatica Oct 2019 #10
Duppers Oct 2019 #11
lunatica Oct 2019 #12
MLAA Oct 2019 #13
lunatica Oct 2019 #15
MLAA Oct 2019 #22
lunatica Oct 2019 #25
MLAA Oct 2019 #29
lunatica Oct 2019 #31
MLAA Oct 2019 #32
lunatica Oct 2019 #34
Chicagogrl1 Oct 2019 #14
madaboutharry Oct 2019 #16
lunatica Oct 2019 #17
madaboutharry Oct 2019 #18
lunatica Oct 2019 #21
madaboutharry Oct 2019 #23
lunatica Oct 2019 #24
Karadeniz Oct 2019 #19
mountain grammy Oct 2019 #20
Doodley Oct 2019 #26
Ghost Dog Oct 2019 #27
lunatica Oct 2019 #28
lunatica Oct 2019 #35
Ghost Dog Oct 2019 #36
JimGinPA Oct 2019 #30
Maraya1969 Oct 2019 #33
Cha Oct 2019 #37
lunatica Oct 2019 #38
lillypaddle Oct 2019 #39
sheshe2 Oct 2019 #40
lunatica Oct 2019 #41
sheshe2 Oct 2019 #42
Soph0571 Oct 2019 #43
MRDAWG Oct 2019 #44
Nitram Oct 2019 #45
lunatica Oct 2019 #46
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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 07:23 PM

1. Gosh, that's wonderful.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 07:23 PM

2. Very nice! K&R. nt

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 07:25 PM

3. Excellent!

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 07:26 PM

4. you captured his spirit!

really nice -

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 07:36 PM

5. Thanks!

I made it as minimally detailed as possible so just him would show. I didnít want to give it any details other than the necessary ones to recognize him. I also wanted to render the man alone with no indication of office.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 07:37 PM

6. It's really a great piece!! Keep up your art

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 07:39 PM

8. Now that I'm retired my life

has narrowed down to my art. I finally have the time!

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 07:38 PM

7. Very good!

You are so talented.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 07:42 PM

9. Wow!

You captured his warmth and his beautiful smile. This is fantastic!

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Response to backtoblue (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 07:45 PM

10. I love it when he laughs

Especially when he cracks up. Thatís what I was going for.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 08:11 PM

11. WOW!! Most impressive!

When I think of him in my mind's eye, he is smiling like this.

Did you use a photo as a model? Anyway, it's PERFECT.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 08:19 PM

12. Yes. I used various photos

And the funny part is that his hair went gray really fast and I kept having to update the picture until I finally decided I would never finish it if I kept doing it that way!

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 08:50 PM

13. OMG, you have so much talent.

Are you a professional artist? You really captured his wonderful, joyful, kind spirit!

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Response to MLAA (Reply #13)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:11 PM

15. No, I'm not a professional

I have had a few requests for my art, but due to various life reasons I was unable to pursue a career in art. Right now I just want to finally dedicate myself to my art since I retired about a year ago.

This piece was done in President Obamaís first term.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #15)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:41 PM

22. So glad you are now in a position to pursue your art!

I retired a few years ago and started taking painting lessons and now am painting all my friendís pets. But I am not in your class at all. You go for it, you have what it takes!

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Response to MLAA (Reply #22)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:58 PM

25. I have about 65 years of experience.

If youíve improved in a handful of years, imagine how youíd be painting in a few decades! Thatís the way art is. The more you do it the better you get. This is a fact.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #25)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 11:11 PM

29. I did have a recent breakthrough....

After a couple years of plodding along overnight one day I started painting better and much, much faster 🙂. It is so enjoyable.

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Response to MLAA (Reply #29)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 11:47 PM

31. In my experience that happens even if you don't paint for a while

As long as you think and see like an artist. And you can do that by just looking at nature or art.

I just recently had a breakthrough myself. It would surprise me except itís happened so many times in my life.

Itís possible our subconscious is artistic and works undercover and every once in a while it pushes it into our conscious mind.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #31)

Fri Oct 11, 2019, 12:23 AM

32. So funny you should say that about not painting for a while...

My breakthrough came after not being able to paint for 8 months because I temporarily went back to work in NYC and didnít have the time or the space in a downtown apartment. However I thought about painting frequently and of course saw beautiful art while there!

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Response to MLAA (Reply #32)

Fri Oct 11, 2019, 01:47 AM

34. That's exactly it.

Iím glad I was able to corroborate your experience. Itís very real.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:00 PM

14. Gorgeous!

Our only saving grace is that the younger generation doesnít see or care @ color, at least most of them. Canít wait til all the old racists pass away!

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:12 PM

16. It's beautiful!

You could sell copies. I would buy it.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #16)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:17 PM

17. Thanks!

Really? I have it in my photobucket account which has print services in various styles and sizes. I can get it as a photo or as a poster or on canvas in a large variety of sizes.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #17)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:22 PM

18. I would.

I would hang it my wall. I think itís beautiful. You captured his spirit, his optimism, his belief in basic goodness.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #18)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:39 PM

21. That's really nice of you!

If you decide to get a copy please PM me.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #21)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:44 PM

23. I'll pm you tomorrow.

Iím very interested in finding out more.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #23)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:54 PM

24. Great!

Thanks!

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:24 PM

19. That's fabulous...mail him a copy!❤

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:31 PM

20. Nice. I love black and white art.

This makes me smile 😊

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 10:03 PM

26. You capture the greatest president of all time very well.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 10:04 PM

27. Nice work, lunatica. Pity about the ageism

(I speak as one gray-haired these last many years), though.

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Response to Ghost Dog (Reply #27)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 10:20 PM

28. LOL!

It wasnít ageism on my part. It was that every time I thought I was finished he would get a ton more of gray hair. I tried to keep up because I wanted it to be contemporary but I finally had to give up and restore most of the original hair color.

The funny thing is it must have really been bothering me because I had a dream where I saw him and Michelle sitting in an outdoor cafť and I walked up to him and told him that he was messing up my painting of him because I couldnít keep up with his hair turning gray. It was meant to be a joke, of course and they both laughed. But before I left I gave him a kiss on the top of his head. That dream is still very vivid.

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Response to Ghost Dog (Reply #27)

Fri Oct 11, 2019, 01:56 AM

35. I'm quite a bit older than he is.

Iím 71 and gray myself. I see now why my remark seem ageist.

I love gray hair.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #35)

Fri Oct 11, 2019, 04:16 AM

36. Going gray fast does seem to be part of that job!

Thanks for your art & good vibes

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 11:41 PM

30. Very Nice!




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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2019, 01:22 AM

33. I love it!

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2019, 07:03 AM

37. Wow.. you're Good, lunatica!

How wonderful to be so talented and creative!

Mahalo!

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Response to Cha (Reply #37)

Fri Oct 11, 2019, 12:21 PM

38. Hi!

Thanks Cha!

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2019, 03:04 PM

39. It's beautiful

You're very talented.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2019, 04:08 PM

40. That is fantastic, lunatica.

Beautifully done.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #40)

Fri Oct 11, 2019, 05:27 PM

41. Thanks!

At the age of 71 I can finally get back to my art. Before retiring I didnít do much for a few decades. But in Obamaís first term I wanted to paint him and Michelle because I love them both.

I figured people might enjoy seeing an artistís rendition of one of our greatest Presidents right now. Especially right now!

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Response to lunatica (Reply #41)

Fri Oct 11, 2019, 05:32 PM

42. He is the best President in my lifetime.

You captured his essence perfectly.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2019, 07:59 AM

43. That is stunning! n/t

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 06:38 PM

44. That picture shows his personality***

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 09:02 PM

45. Obama never "turned too gray."

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Response to Nitram (Reply #45)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 09:52 PM

46. You're right.

I didnít write that the way I wanted it to come out, so I took the word Ďtooí out.

I painted it in his first term but his hair started to turn gray so I went back and added the little bit of gray, but he kept getting more and more gray and I tried to keep up. Then I had the dream I talk about and I realized that I was letting it influence me too much. So I decided to just leave a little gray and say it was finished.

I hope my explanation makes sense. It isnít ageism. Iím 71 and gray myself.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #46)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 11:13 AM

47. Thanks, Lunatica. Your explanation makes complete sense.

I'm gray, too, btw.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 08:16 AM

48. Very nicely done!

I wish I had half the talent you have. With just a few lines, you totally captured his look and spirit!

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2019, 12:06 AM

49. k&r

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