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03-16-2013, 07:03 PM
Time for a change.
a figure and abstraction: a departure from my usual realistic landscape.
:eek: 12x 16 mostly pans and pastel pencils.
Canson paper mounted on toned paper. Cheers.....Derek


pastel lover
03-16-2013, 07:24 PM
Very cool. Love the lighting & cast shadows.


03-16-2013, 08:13 PM
Wow! A huge departure! But fascinating, and it stirs my imagination .... From where does the red light come? Is it a forge, or a foundry? And WHAT is he about to hit with that mallet!???

The torn paper effect background adds to the mystery. I love it, Derek, departure or not.

03-16-2013, 08:28 PM
circle , triangle , t-square ; cool !

what's with the six fingers ( + thumb ) on his right hand ?

fine meld of graphics and pastel qualities . :thumbsup:


03-16-2013, 08:42 PM
Thanks everyone:
jean: yes thinking of a forge.

Ed: yep....good eye. Will be back to fix.:eek:

I'm going to do a few more hours on this puppy.

Be Back in a wee while:smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:


03-16-2013, 10:01 PM
It is good to see somebody as accomplished as you, experiment with something totally different than your usual style and subject. This is a strong painting, Derek. It has a wonderful value contrast and the reds give the painting a feeling of energy. The lines in the painting must be doing their job, because my eyes don't leave the painting.

Way to go, Derek. You have shown that it pays to experiment!


03-17-2013, 04:53 AM
Very striking Derek. I love the colors. Only crit is his left hand across the knuckles is smaller than his right hand. Bob

03-17-2013, 05:24 AM
Wow cool work...so often we get stuck in our comfort zone, this is so interesting to look at. I didn't even notice the extra knuckle :lol: can you tell us a bit more about the papers and how and why you mounted them like this?

03-17-2013, 05:30 AM
This is a great painting with a lot of energy. Very powerfull image! Make Some more?

03-17-2013, 09:43 AM
Ok: I hated the frist version ("Hammer").
Thanks to those who viewed the other one:lol: .

Changes: New background (heavy body Gesso with knife). Fixed the hands, more contrast, toned down the red a wee bit and added more nifty neato abstract lines.


03-17-2013, 09:45 AM
Thanks to all:I appreciate it, especially Ed who spotted the bad hand.

Please check out the new improved "Batter Hammer". on same page:lol:

Thanks Derek

03-17-2013, 12:09 PM
I think I actually prefer the redder version. (just my opinion) It seemed more powerful and the red just said hot sweaty and energy. So even with extra fingers it gets my vote but they are both wonderful paintings and very interesting to see you going out on a limb. I think you should do more.

03-17-2013, 12:11 PM
This is great! Never saw the other one - must have missed it. Such talent.

Deb F
03-17-2013, 01:34 PM
Wow, Derek, what a departure for you, but I love these. The abstract lines are wonderful. More, please.


03-17-2013, 01:35 PM
I've missed the previous version too.
I like this one, this is very interesting.

03-17-2013, 02:41 PM
yes , more body !

left hand not as solid as the right ;
the hammer doesn't suggest a perspective thing
even tho the hand is above the head .

like the 'darts 'of line that play against the strong right-hand light on the figure !


ps. ... could go fantasy/sci-fi lit with this ...
nothing wrong with a seven-fingered hand ;
adaptation/advantage could be a Very interesting plot line , on several levels ...

03-17-2013, 02:47 PM
Wow, Derek, this is fantastic:wave:

03-17-2013, 03:09 PM
You know I'm young amateur with a lot of years and I can not write professionally, but I can say a great and fantastic :wave:

03-17-2013, 03:56 PM
Thanks Ann


03-17-2013, 04:17 PM
Wow! This is what I like - you have a great style and sense for composition. Unique!!! Show more!!!

03-17-2013, 04:19 PM
OK, I loved the first version, yet I must admit this is superb. You are very talented.

03-17-2013, 04:35 PM
I have merged the two as it is an adaptation of the first one and not totally different.

I like both versions....both are strong and beautiful.....Incidentally, there are folk born with six digits on one hand...so it's not wrong, it's rare! Well done Derek! Sign it and hang it with pride!:thumbsup:

03-17-2013, 05:16 PM
Wow! this is cool! I like the extra light on the hands!

03-17-2013, 06:47 PM
Thanks so much everyone for your kind comments.

Deirdre: I guess they had the urge to merge.:)


John Palmer Fine Art
03-17-2013, 11:08 PM
Hi Derek, terrific subject and execution ( self portrait right?) Really like the idea wherever the inspiration may have come from!

03-18-2013, 09:31 AM
Hey John: thanks......yep that's me :lol: a very expensive model.


03-18-2013, 10:26 AM
Love it!
(Although I'm probably partial to the first one).

Do you enjoy the Pans a lot? I'm thinking of buying a set.


03-18-2013, 11:12 AM
This is pretty neat Derek! Love the lighting, and the way you mounted the paper. I hope you paid the model well :evil: ..... that's a hard position to hold.....:lol:

Mary Brigid
03-18-2013, 12:06 PM
I love this Derek. But I have to say I liked the strong red of the first one. It felt so industrial and I could feel the heat. I really like the abstract lines. It gives a sense of rhythm. Thank you for sharing

03-18-2013, 03:45 PM
Thanks Mary: Happy St. Paddy's
Chris: I paid the model well......a six pack. Thanks.
Ann: love the pans...try them. Thanks.

Donna T
03-18-2013, 04:33 PM
Hi Derek - I like both versions! It's so good to try different styles of painting and keep our creative selves challenged!

03-18-2013, 04:53 PM
Hi Donna: Yes....sometimes you get onto a rut, and you learn from the experiments.
Thanks for stopping by.

Paula Ford
03-19-2013, 12:23 AM
Yummmm.... :D :cat:

03-19-2013, 07:28 AM
Yummmmm back atcha' Paula. :wave: Thanks. Derek