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03-25-2000, 02:24 PM
Hi, this painting of Women Washing in Rajasthan, India is made after a photo by André Martin published in Air France magazine "Air France Madame". The painting is from 1992, acrylics on board, 35"x25". (The colors are not quite right in this photo - they look a bit dull).
This was my first painting in a more realistic style.


You can see more details (blowups) at http://www.artistnation.com/members/paris/henrik/images/Rajasthan/RajasthanPage.htm

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03-25-2000, 04:03 PM
I see why you were trying to find the photographer...I'd want to show this off too!
I love the subject and the wonderful rich colors. Great job, Henrik. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


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03-25-2000, 06:27 PM
This is great! I really like the flow of the women and their clothes throughout the picture. I wish you had a better photo! Really nice!

Cindy Agathocleous

"What if imagination and art are not, as many of us might think, the frosting on life, but the fountainhead of human experience?" - Rollo May from The Courage to Create

Phyllis Rennie
03-25-2000, 07:47 PM
Good job. Glad you finally decided to show us. Phyl

03-25-2000, 09:38 PM
Henric....good luck on finding the photographer. I had done one once that a buyer wanted, finally found the photographer and he wanted 50% comm. This is a really nice painting - love the colors and the composition.


03-25-2000, 10:29 PM
What can I say...brilliant!!!
The colors and flow of the piece is terrific. Glad we finally got to see it!!!
Good luck finding the photographer.


03-25-2000, 10:59 PM
Henrik, this is fabulous! Love the color, the flow, the subject, the space, the composition, just everything. Very Professional. Should be hanging in a museum.

03-26-2000, 04:13 AM
The digital pic and reduction has removed a lot of the ambiance, edges look harder - there is much more "air" in the painting... A little bit more of that is seen in some of the details (blowups).

I made one big mistake on this painting. I took a piece of board and assumed it to have 90 degree angles, but when I was about to frame it I found out that there was about 1/2" difference http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif ... Had to take of a piece at the bottom... my signature and year got hacked off http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif It did not affect the rest of the painting thank god.

03-26-2000, 08:48 AM
Henrik, thank you for posting this painting. It is good to see your work, and you have a beautiful painting here. Look foreward to our morning meetings in the Cafe!!!! Michael

03-26-2000, 10:30 PM
Beautifully done Henrik. I like the atmosphere, the way the women and their cloths are painted esp. way the little girl is painted, very realistic. Makes me feel I am in Rajasthan and I have to get out of my camel and drink some water.

Thanks for sharing the picture. Inspiring me to do a painting on this subject.


03-27-2000, 09:46 AM
The colour is fantastic in this painting, I really do like it - inspirational!

03-27-2000, 01:19 PM
Henrik! This is so beautiful! I really love it! The colors are absolutely stunning...seems almost Florentine to me. Very nice indeed.

03-29-2000, 03:47 PM
I love this one, Henrik. The composition couldn't be better here, imo. It's very inviting to the viewer, lots to look around at. I'd love to see this one in person. I know what you mean, JPEGs can be cruel to a painting!

03-29-2000, 08:43 PM
Hi Henrik, I really love this painting
so rich in color! you did an excellent job
with the variation of colors.

03-30-2000, 07:34 AM
Great painting, wonderful colours! Makes me feel like I'm there in Rajsasthan, or expect the women start walking around in the picture, it's so realistic and "alive"! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
I've always been told that you should never paint from a photo unless you have taken the photo yourself (I've painted from other photographers' photos at times, and felt "guilty"). Can you Henrik, or someone else, explain the "rules" to me? I guess I can paint anything I want but I'm not allowed to show off the painting without the photographer's permission, or what?

03-30-2000, 08:06 AM
Maria, (and others) there is a discussion about copyright and photos in the forums; check out http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum25/HTML/000015.html

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01-10-2001, 02:20 PM

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01-10-2001, 05:58 PM
Cindy, thanks for bringing this thread back to life http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Visit my gallery at Artistnation (http://www.artistnation.com/members/paris/henrik)

01-10-2001, 07:27 PM
Beautiful Painting and colours Henrik. The colour of the water is especially enchanting.

The photographer who wanted 50% was taking liberties. Copyright does not attach to ideas or compositions but to duplication. In fact, in most copyright legislation and jurisprudence, there is a recognized space for artistic renditions of the work of others as long as the new work is a take on the subject and not an exact duplication. I would be shocked to see a photographer succeed on a cpoyright infringement claim against a painter who used the potograph for reference.... On that basis, it is hard to justify payment of royalties. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif

If the individual is ever to come under the power of the ideal to the extent of believing that his concrete longings and needs are to be found in it -- found moreover in a state of fulfillment and gratification, then the ideal must give the illusion of granting present satisfaction. It is this illusory reality that neither philosophy nor religion can attain. Only art achieves it - in the medium of beauty.... Herbert Marcuse, Negations

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David Acres
01-11-2001, 12:46 AM
Henrik this is Fab! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif I saw it when I visited your site! Did I tell you I'd visited? I like your style! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Further to that copyright issue. I visited Mark Harden's Artchive http://www.artchive.com/ftp_site.htm
and noticed a lot of images were unavailable now due to heirs etc not giving their permission to show them! I emailed him to ask why, he said copyright was 50 years but as Mickey Mouse recently turned 50, Disney had invested the dough and had a bill passed changing it to 75 years! His guess is they'll get it extended to 100 years when the time gets closer! It ain't whatcha know! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif....

BTW some interesting Italian portraiture here if anyone's interested! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.rosemary-cosentino.com/gallery.htm

Dave Acres...
Merely a student of life!:)

'The artist is no more than a receptacle for sensations, a brain, a recording apparatus. But if it interferes, if it dares, feeble apparatus that it is, to deliberately intervene in what it should be translating, its own pettiness gets into the picture. The work becomes inferior.... Paul Cezanne...

06-07-2001, 07:25 AM
Excellent use of colour nice to see something bright http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif


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06-07-2001, 05:02 PM
Hi henrik, how have you been? I hope well and painting. Yes this is wonderful, I bet it is very vibrant in real life. Darn, I can find nothing to offer advice on improving… http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

"You want the ecstacy so you have to take the hangover"

Sandra. M. Smith