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Sun May 12, 2019, 12:24 PM

Something I'd like to share with the group

Before I got out of rehab, my counselor asked me what i was going to do with the time I had devoted to drinking. I had to come up with something so I said "painting". I dabbled in art a bunch of years ago, but haven't painted in probably 20 years. So a couple months ago, I started again. And I've really enjoyed it. My wife suggested I put them on a blog so here it is:

https://markdomincreative.blogspot.com

Feedback and comments welcome. Don't be too harsh, I'm new at this, and totally self taught. I'm working in two different styles. What I call "Grandpa Moses" and just straight ahead painting. You can click on the paintings to enlarge them.

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Reply Something I'd like to share with the group (Original post)
bif May 2019 OP
LearnedHand May 2019 #1
dlk May 2019 #2
Ohiogal May 2019 #3
enough May 2019 #4
JDC May 2019 #5
safeinOhio May 2019 #6
CousinIT May 2019 #7
pazzyanne May 2019 #9
orleans May 2019 #20
FailureToCommunicate May 2019 #8
sprinkleeninow May 2019 #10
Sunny Daze May 2019 #11
Solly Mack May 2019 #12
jmbar2 May 2019 #13
evilhime May 2019 #14
lillypaddle May 2019 #15
Scarsdale May 2019 #16
TygrBright May 2019 #17
democrank May 2019 #18
trickyguy May 2019 #19
iluvtennis May 2019 #21
CaptainTruth May 2019 #22
tblue37 May 2019 #23
Honeycombe8 May 2019 #24
LiberalLovinLug May 2019 #25
Maraya1969 May 2019 #26
bif May 2019 #27
Freedomofspeech May 2019 #28
MLAA May 2019 #29
Lifelong Protester May 2019 #30
bif May 2019 #33
Lifelong Protester May 2019 #42
Amaryllis May 2019 #31
likesmountains 52 May 2019 #32
UpInArms May 2019 #34
Sanity Claws May 2019 #35
spartan61 May 2019 #36
bif May 2019 #37
northoftheborder May 2019 #38
Mersky May 2019 #39
sinkingfeeling May 2019 #40
bif May 2019 #41
bif May 2019 #43
Stuart G Jun 2019 #44
bif Jun 2019 #45
smirkymonkey Jun 2019 #46
bif Jun 2019 #47

Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 12:26 PM

1. Your paintings are fabulous

I was thinking of folk art painters when I saw them and before I saw you mentioned Grand[p]a Moses. Well done, and many years of sobriety and painting to you.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 12:28 PM

2. Your Work is Beautiful!

There is so much color and energy in your work. I love it! Art is food for the soul so please keep on painting. It will feed your heart and help you heal.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 12:33 PM

3. Very, very, nice!

Love your goldfish bowl ... love em all.

Best of luck to you with your recovery!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 01:02 PM

4. Beautiful and compelling. NT

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 01:07 PM

5. Great stuff. I sketch a lot. Easy to take with me when I travel also

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:08 PM

6. Love the Belle Ils painting.

Been there many times.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:15 PM

7. GREAT work! You should absolutely continue.

I love the Goldfish one. Not sure why. It make me feel happy!

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Response to CousinIT (Reply #7)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:27 PM

9. My favorite is also the Goldfish.

You definitely have a style of your own that carries from painting to painting. I also thought of Grandma Moses while looking at your paintings. Carry on, you do have a talent that needs to be used!

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Response to CousinIT (Reply #7)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:04 PM

20. same here.

my attraction is the orange background wall and the bright orange of the fish.

and also the hot/bright mix of the blue and pink stones in the fish bowl.

it's very uplifting.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:25 PM

8. "Slot cars in the 'recked room'" !!

'Lost' afternoons indeed long ago.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:32 PM

10. Good for you!

Enjoyed your creativity. 💛

A prayerful belief for your continued success in all things. 🕯

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:33 PM

11. You're blest with incredible talent!

Itís great to see amazing work from someone so humble.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:43 PM

12. Those are great.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:46 PM

13. Great work!

You are hugely talented. I especially like the goldfish bowl.

I think you could easily sell prints of your work, or T-shirts through various online art sites - Etsy, Spoonflower, etc. Of course, in addition to the paintings themselves.

Keep painting bro - you're very good !

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:50 PM

14. Wonderful!!!!

Love Belle Isle along with the others but that one speaks to me! Super art, thank you so much for sharing!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:52 PM

15. I love your work, bif

it's surely a rediscovered treasure for you.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:54 PM

16. Congratulations on your sobriety.

Beautiful paintings, so very colorful. Keep it up.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:55 PM

17. You totally got something there. Creativity is one of the great sobriety maintenance strategies! n/t

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:56 PM

18. I really enjoyed your paintings, bif.

Take good care~

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:59 PM

19. "Goldfish bowl with flowers" is a master work. Totally compelling.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:06 PM

21. You have a special talent - what joy it must bring to you. Stay strong.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:08 PM

22. They're great! I love the goldfish.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:09 PM

23. Actually, they are lovely. I especially like the effect you created with the fishbowl in the first

painting.

I very much like your sense of color and composition, too.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:13 PM

24. Love, love, LOVE your style!

The colors are extraordinary! I don't know much about painting styles, but a couple of your paintings reminds me of a sort of folk art style. (the brothers is one)

I love vibrant colors, and paintings/prints that draw you in...or out...like a window that adds cheerfulness to a room.

You need to get some more done, and try to sell them.

I'd buy the goldfish one if I saw it somewhere (if I thought the orange would work for me; I have a thing against orange). But the red flowers and other colors might negate that, and the orange isn't overpowering.

I love the brothers painting. Heck, I really love them all!

I don't see how people have the patience to paint. It'd drive me nuts. I've tried drawing a few times (I did okay...painting runs in my family), but I found it drove me crazy trying to get those pictures right and sitting there for hours. Some people can do that. I have a sister who paints. She's very talented, and very laid back. So she can sit quietly and work on her paintings.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:16 PM

25. Really good!

Speaking as a fellow painter; Your colour is amazing. Its so easy to get colours muddy if you haven't painted, at least in awhile. Compositions are interesting, and fill the space, and your balance of dark and light tones is very good. Keep it going!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:22 PM

26. I love them! I especially love the colors.

Congratulations and best wishes in your new endeavor!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:24 PM

27. Wow! Thank you so much everyone.

Your words of encouragement mean a lot to me. I have so many paintings in my head, I can keep going forever. And hearing from you is truly humbling. Maybe I will look into making prints from some of my paintings.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:25 PM

28. Well done!!

Thanks for sharing!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 06:28 PM

29. Love, love the new goldfish bowl painting! Keep 🎨 🖼

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 07:55 PM

30. Wonderful!

Are any of them for sale?? I love the Brothers Raking the Leaves. (Even though I love them all)

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Response to Lifelong Protester (Reply #30)

Sun May 12, 2019, 10:02 PM

33. Not sure about selling them.

I haven't really thought about it. I'll either sell them, or have prints made of them and sell those.

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Response to bif (Reply #33)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:06 PM

42. ok

contact me (through this website) either way.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 08:48 PM

31. I'd hang em in my house.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 09:00 PM

32. Really nice work. Thanks for going out there and sharing them.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 10:18 PM

34. I love your perspective

Especially the fish bowl

...

Keep up your beautiful work

👍🏼

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Response to bif (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 09:06 AM

35. Your most recent one is the best, IMHO

This one gets perspective so right. An earlier one, the Rivard Rakes, seemed almost Grandma Moses in its simplicity and lack of perspective.
Sorry if this sounded critical. Please consider it encouragement because you are improving and I truly love the goldfish one.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 11:13 AM

36. Thank you for sharing your

beautiful paintings and comments. I also grew up in the Detroit area and remember going to Belle Isle (loved the huge stove at the entrance) and absolutely loved going to Sanders for the cream puff filled with ice cream and hot fudge. I also still call it "Saund-ers" and never knew anyone who called it Sand-ers. Thanks for the memories. I'm now retired and living in Florida but I do have 6 jars of Sanders Hot Fudge in my kitchen cabinet. Now if only I could get some "Better Made" potato chips.

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Response to spartan61 (Reply #36)

Mon May 13, 2019, 11:32 AM

37. You can order them on-line at their corporate site...

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Response to bif (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 11:49 AM

38. Really nice! Love the colors and subjects!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 11:58 AM

39. Am enjoying this bright spot

On a Monday morning. I'm finding your work delightful. Really like your 'eye' for things. Like the rhythm of the carnations, I'm rather enamored with the care in the layering of shadow and light in the stems. The eh, timing in the bricks is nice, too. Hehe, love those goldfish. Holler if you're out to set them up in a bigger tank. I can recommend a few things I learned as an acquatics specialist back in the day.

The light coming over the awning in the Brooklyn grocer matches my mind's eye of the scale in Brooklyn. Really makes me want to travel to NYC, prolly is my favorite area on the planet. Rather enjoy the stack of limes, and textures of the other produce, too.

Am tickled with your sharing of your work, too. I appreciate your sweet approach to DU with the journey you're on. Is inspiring and helpful for me.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 12:12 PM

40. Like the fish bowl.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 03:24 PM

41. If anyone's interested in my paintings, PM me...

I'd be willing to email you a higher res photo of them. I hadn't really thought about it before. I'm just painting for fun, not to make money.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun May 19, 2019, 09:56 AM

43. I added a couple new ones

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Jun 2, 2019, 11:03 PM

44. They are beautiful..and a distict style. Colors are absoultely outstanding...

Love them.. K and R...I need to add something about the "gas station." While the colors are very special, the felling about that one is very sad..Totally empty, No one there, grass grown through the cracks. Nothing around.
I am sure you wanted to convey that feeling, and it really comes through. That is really outstanding..

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #44)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 10:15 AM

45. Thank you for your encouraging words.

Just when I think maybe I should call it quits, painting-wise, I see a post like yours. It's just what I need to pick up the brushes and have at it again.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 08:45 PM

46. I love them!

The goldfish bowl is my favorite! It makes me happy looking at it. Keep it up!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #46)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:01 PM

47. Thanks!

I am. I paint almost every day. And I post my new paintings a couple times a week.

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