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Saint No.51

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© 2006 - 2020 Doc-Hammer
MEDIUM: Oil (and bullshit amounts of it) on Canvas. 11"x14" I think that number is correct. 51 or 52... Could be 53 even. Look, I don't know.

PHOTO: I photographed this one to not show the image as much as show the surface of the object. You still won't be able to see the depth of glaze and other such delights, but you can get the idea that I'm not making a smooth, well blended surface. I will show you a detail of this mess so you can really see how odd the surface is: [link]

MODEL: Rikaco. Pretty, smart, willing to sit for a stranger. You know the drill.

WHAT THE?: Still painting! And yes, it's the same stupid subject I always painted. Aaand... I'm not sure what the fuck I am doing, to be dead honest with you. I'm just following my gut that is trying to decipher directions my head jotted down on a napkin. It's leading me into shaky, uncharted territory that almost scares me. Not because that there are talking trees and haunted houses in this new territory. But because what I am doing is completely unfamiliar to me. And I'm not even sure I like it. But that kind of fear that your own work generates is good-news. When you are comfortable with what you are doing, you may have lost your reach. There should be some fear that goes along with moving forward. And look, I'm no fucking genius, I may be doing what I was born to do. Or even what I needed to do BEFORE I did what I was born to do. But in the now, I am just fucking toweling on spackle to a canvas and giving myself the willies.

NOTE: This is not my new "thing", this is just one way I felt I needed to paint right now. It's ALL experimentation. Anybody that latches on to something because it kinda yields good results is a sham. Forward! Cries the absurd engine of time! Don't rest on your cracked and decomposing laurels. Try the thing that compels, yet scares you. Do what only YOU think is right. And if somebody tells you they like you old work better... Tell them you don't care what they like. And then give them a hug. They need it.
Image size
572x720px 658.24 KB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON
Model
E5400
Shutter Speed
200/100 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Jan 19, 2006, 7:59:06 AM
Comments125
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Tombly's avatar
personally I've been working in Acrylics due to convenience and a stubborn resistance to the idea that Acrylics can't look as good as oils. yet the one thing I do miss about oils (other than not having to worry about my pallet drying out) is the amazing surfaces that they can achieve. I'd love to see this one in the flesh, and fight the desire to touch it.
Doc-Hammer's avatar
Resist it all you want, acrylics just don't work like oils. Sure if you're just painting wet-into-wet, they get damn close. But they don't glaze like oils. BUT! You can't dry oils with a blowdryer… So acrylics have an undeniable appeal. I'll give ya that.
Tombly's avatar
fair point. I guess I'm just trying to get that luxurious oil look. But quicker. Probably not the best reasoning. But it stops me getting restless, which is a big hurdle for me when painting.
E-Dome's avatar
I can draw better with my ass! see i drew this with my ass...[link]
SweetiePie87's avatar
wth, dude calm down. Besides this is actually really good so............
E-Dome's avatar
totally I'm gonna be like to the creator of the gratest show ever, just be all "i can draw better with my ass!" like holy brick frog!
E-Dome's avatar
OMG I'm not being seriouse, DUH!
Emberae's avatar
I like the closing words the best. sad to see you are absent on deviant art lately, but good to know you're doing what you love in absence.
kitty-pants's avatar
She has a very unique face.
Pyridoxine's avatar
The texture here is amazing. There is nothing I love more than a painting that you can feel as well as look at.
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michaelandrewlawProfessional General Artist
nah , i suck , i don't know what i am talking about , peace.
Doc-Hammer's avatar
Okay, be well. Good luck with your own paintings. And I'll keep plugging away at mine.
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michaelandrewlawProfessional General Artist
whatever.
Doc-Hammer's avatar
You're moping. You want a hug? It will make you feel better...
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michaelandrewlawProfessional General Artist
lol , ok :)
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michaelandrewlawProfessional General Artist
nice rembrant manner , but i don't think its quite work for this piece , i think little over worked on the ear and the muscle around the mouth..
Doc-Hammer's avatar
I'm sorry. You can fix it if you want.
Archeeka's avatar
Badass experimentation--you made some damn good decisions in this. I'm also impressed with how the texture of the paint doesn't distract the eye from the subject. I first see her, and then I can go back and forth and notice how each bump of texture builds her up, well placed and intentional (or perhaps not, as sometimes the best things come out of not deliberating). It's tasteful and effective--and I've been so damned unimpressed with heavily textured paintings of people--you don't suffocate the subject, but build her up with it. Great work!
Circes-Tree's avatar
Just keep following your gut and be true to yourself. Often what we really want isn't clear and may never be.
o7o's avatar
Sorry for the double post. Stupid browser.
Doc-Hammer's avatar
And they don't let you erase your mistakes... You have my sympathy.
o7o's avatar
You've done an amazing job conveying movement with the texture of this painting. The colors, mood, and expression on her face are soul-stirring, but I'm really digging those thick strokes -- especially in the background. This painting is alive.

Excellent work.
o7o's avatar
You've done an amazing job conveying movement with the texture of this painting. The colors, mood, and expression on her face are soul-stirring, but I'm really digging those thick strokes -- especially in the background. This painting is alive.

Excellent work.
LeticiaCeballos's avatar
bullshit sometimes is lovely and strong!
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