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I've just finished a new oil painting. This comes under the "Beach" section of AnglicanBeachParty. I expect this one to be a bit more popular with mainstream audiences than this last one.

I think I've lamented before here at A&F how slow I am at painting. I actually took the reference photos for this one on July 24, 1999. My son (now driving) was just 5 at the time. I wasn't working on it all that time, though.

This is oil-on-canvas, 24" wide by 48" tall. I plan to have some prints and posters of it available this summer.

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I'm getting ready to crate this one up and send it out to its new home.

I always get a sort of "postpartum depression" when I have to send off a painting. Or, perhaps "empty nest syndrome" would be more accurate.

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Here is another of my oil paintings, finished earlier this year:

[img]http://pics.livejournal.com/detroitfather/pic/002h8a71.jpg[/img]

The subject is IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Vicki Nixon.

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I confess, I find this work fascinating and baffling! I am interested in knowing more. Why the choice of subject?

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[quote name='Holy Moly!' date='24 February 2011 - 12:27 AM' timestamp='1298525247' post='245136']
I confess, I find this work fascinating and baffling! I am interested in knowing more. Why the choice of subject?
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I think ABP explains a bit at the link he posted in his original post.

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Well he alludes to the existence of a treatise, but then withholds it. which only stokes my curiosity further!

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Wow ... it has been about two years since I've posted anything in this thread. I've been busy making more paintings, and I will now share some of them with you. One of the most exciting things that's happened to me is that I've started showing my work publicly again, and have won 2 major awards so far for my paintings.

Here's a fairly simple oil.

Amanda: Edited by anglicanbeachparty

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Here is a painting which is part of a series of cemetery-themed oils. This is called "Ever Love", and it won me the "Best of Show" award at the South Oakland Art Association show/contest back in October, 2012.

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Congrats!

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This one is called "The Bishop's Angel", and contains a deep message about The Episcopal Church.

I took the reference photo for this painting with a former Playboy model in Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit. I think the photo shoot was almost as fun as making the painting.

This won me a $500 prize in a church-sponsored art contest. Edited by anglicanbeachparty

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[quote name='Christian' timestamp='1358447920' post='283429']
Congrats!
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[b]Thank you![/b]

This one is another bodybuilder: Edited by anglicanbeachparty

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This one is another in the series of cemetery paintings. Check out the rendering of the leather on her boots!

The name of this one is "Necrosprite". Edited by anglicanbeachparty

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I was going for a different style here, trying to simulate stained glass, using acrylic inks.

The subject is Adam, my tattoo artist.

"St. Adam"

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Interesting where you choose to be sort of hyper-realistic or detailed and where you don't, such as in"Ever Love".

Joe

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[quote name='jfutral' timestamp='1358696946' post='283708']
Interesting where you choose to be sort of hyper-realistic or detailed and where you don't, such as in"Ever Love".

Joe
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I guess if I had my way, I'd be as realistic as possible everywhere throughout a painting. But what is "realistic" is up for debate.

When I can find (or take) them, I love to paint from thin-depth-of-field photographs, so that the background is blurred. I think it is more representative of the way
we actually see things to not have everything in a painting be in sharp focus.

Which part(s) in that painting do you consider to be less realistic or less detailed?

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[quote name='anglicanbeachparty' timestamp='1359043961' post='284092']
I love to paint from thin-depth-of-field photographs, so that the background is blurred.
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That's exactly how I was seeing the work. Your approach also has a way of affecting the flow of observation. For instance with "Ever Love" you seem most detailed with the dress. I wandered around and followed the dress first and then branched out from there. Her shoulders, chest, calves and ankles also seem to have a higher level of photo-realism than her other body parts (principally around the tattoos, it seems). Then the further away the less detailed, such as the grass in the background vs the grass in the foreground.

But that is also based on how it looks on my computer. Wish I could see your work in person. Even in thumbnail size it had an interesting quality.

Joe

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[quote name='jfutral' timestamp='1359183792' post='284304']
[quote name='anglicanbeachparty' timestamp='1359043961' post='284092']
I love to paint from thin-depth-of-field photographs, so that the background is blurred.
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That's exactly how I was seeing the work. Your approach also has a way of affecting the flow of observation. For instance with "Ever Love" you seem most detailed with the dress. I wandered around and followed the dress first and then branched out from there. Her shoulders, chest, calves and ankles also seem to have a higher level of photo-realism than her other body parts (principally around the tattoos, it seems). Then the further away the less detailed, such as the grass in the background vs the grass in the foreground.

But that is also based on how it looks on my computer. Wish I could see your work in person. Even in thumbnail size it had an interesting quality.

Joe
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Thanks for taking the time to explain that, Joe! It makes sense. Thanks.

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[quote name='anglicanbeachparty' timestamp='1358447858' post='283427']
Here is a painting which is part of a series of cemetery-themed oils. This is called "Ever Love", and it won me the "Best of Show" award at the South Oakland Art Association show/contest back in October, 2012.
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I missed this. Well done.

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[quote name='M. Leary' timestamp='1359517408' post='284723']
I missed this. Well done.
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Thank you!

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Here is another (perhaps the last) of my cemetery paintings.  This one is called "Sentry."

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This was a commission piece.  I hope to do more like it.  1955 Cadillac.

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