View Full Version : After Hopper! WIP

12-05-2003, 03:30 AM

Title: After Hopper! WIP
Year Created: 2003
Medium: Oil
Surface: Wood
Dimension: 24 x 36
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

I have always admired Hopper's work. After my last painting of a lighthouse I looked again at his work.

This is not my composition, taken from Hopper. Wish that I could do him justice. One more session and we will see where this goes. Thanks for your input. Jim

12-05-2003, 06:17 AM
it seems as a portrait of a living thing.
gentle light.

12-05-2003, 06:22 AM
love the brushwork! Very lively.
The reddish hill seems a bit undefined, vague. It might need some more shapes.

pero lane
12-05-2003, 10:02 AM
Beautiful light!!:)

Rabbit Twilight
12-05-2003, 10:35 AM
I really like it! Love the light.

12-05-2003, 11:43 AM
Very nice! The light/shade colour relation really hits me - I feel the Hopper mood.

12-05-2003, 01:39 PM
Really nice

12-05-2003, 01:58 PM
The blocking in and light dark, really works well

12-05-2003, 03:48 PM
You do Hopper proud Jim! Oh, that light.....:)

12-05-2003, 06:46 PM
Yeow! That's got punch Jim! I really like this! The light looks just right!!


12-05-2003, 11:15 PM
"After" him, but quite unlike him. Wonderful.

12-06-2003, 12:22 AM
I especially like the orange highlight that hits the peaks of the main house/building. It seems that the lightest value, which is the white which hits the buildings, should also be seen on the tower, at least more than I see. Also, see the blue violet shadow on the main building? I think that I would like to see that as the shadow on the tower also, which has a more greenish shadow.

12-06-2003, 02:16 AM
Love this painting

12-06-2003, 05:35 AM
Thank you everybody for looking and responding to this post. I am attaching what I think is the completion of this painting. We spent 4 hours at the "Animal Hospital" tonight....It appears that our "Rescued Greyhound" may have a brain tumor. What an ordeal for him to have to go through, I won't go into more details, but Deanna and I are besides ourselves. Dang! Any way, came home and after shedding a few tears I needed more release(painting can be theraputic too) so I tried to finish this.....sorry for not responding more personally to everybodies kind and instructive comments. Maybe you will see that I have addressed some of your concerns. Thanks, Jim

Helen Zapata
12-06-2003, 08:47 AM
It's just lovely, Jim. I can feel that sunlight hitting the side of my face as I stand and look up the hill.

I'm so sorry to hear about your sick boy. I'm sending him a cuddle and a kiss between the eyes.


12-06-2003, 09:44 AM
Sorry to hear about your dog.
I reallly like the light in this one.

12-06-2003, 10:22 AM
Jim Jim,....I love your dog. No,...

Please write to me. -Scott

pero lane
12-06-2003, 11:28 AM
Beautiful finish Jim...sorry about your friend. They seem to become like one of us.

12-06-2003, 04:48 PM
Thanks everybody!

Painting is done.

Dog is gone.

Dog-gone it.

Always laid at my feet by the easel.

12-06-2003, 08:23 PM
In an otherwise excellent day, this brought a tear to my eye. But I can, with effort, imagine the delight of the days you had together.

I'm sorry, Jim and Deanna


12-06-2003, 08:59 PM
I am so sorry........:( It happens to us that love our pets. I have a whole cemetary behind the chicken coop. I know you will remember the wonderful times you did have togeather...:(

12-07-2003, 03:22 AM
Thanks, Mark and Michelle! I/We appreciate your expressions of sympathy. I really understand about graveyards behind chicken coops (accually behind the corn crib), and Mark, that tear added to the river of ours, and helped Shadow float gently to his next expression! Thank you, Jim and Deanna

Wayne Gaudon
12-07-2003, 05:39 AM
don't know what to say .. like the painting .. a pup will do wonders for you.

Helen Zapata
12-07-2003, 12:02 PM
Oh Jim, I hardly know what to say. I'm so sorry for you and your wife. I know how sad you are. :(

He looks like he was a sweetie.


12-07-2003, 08:16 PM
Thank you, Wayne and Helen. And yes, Helen, he was! A 40MPH couch potato. Jim

12-08-2003, 10:39 AM
Hopper was a great painter of mood...and you have captured that feeling in this work.

However, Hopper was a person who was slavish to perspective. Your rendering of the house is all out of perspective. The gable nearest the viewer is something out of a house of horrors. I don't see why others did not spot it right off. It looks like you painted the house and then found you had not made it wide enough and instead of skipping the gable you crammed it in.

I know how easy this is to do. I once did a self portrait...and worked on it for days...and then when I showed it to a review group all of them pointed out that I had made one ear higher and closer to the nose than the other one. Was I embarrassed.

Your technique is good. Keep up the good work. But do a sketch and then look in a mirror and see if your "ears" are on right.


12-08-2003, 09:24 PM
Yikes, Myles! A house of horors? Happy Hopper Haloween! Certainly, you are right in your observation, but I am not going to argue my decisions in this. I was painting from feeling and instinct...no drawing to start with (for me, meticulous drafting, and trying to follow that blueprint seems stifling), so I was painting to paint. I am going to leave it as is, but I do appreciate you looking and commenting! Jim

Helen Zapata
12-09-2003, 01:11 AM
One of my favorite things about your work, Jim, is your "wonky" perspective. It always seems to give it a special charm in my eyes.

There are lots of Rules to art. But if we all followed all the Rules, then it would get awfully boring, awfully fast.


12-09-2003, 02:27 AM
Thank you, Helen! For appreciating the "wonkiness." It is the wonkiness that keeps this whole thing going! Jim