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lenny
12-09-2004, 06:35 PM
MY IMAGE(S):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/12-09-2004/53745_greeenl.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/12-09-2004/53745_peelings.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/12-09-2004/53745_purpl.jpg


GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: some new work
Year Created: 2004
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 32x44
Allow digital alterations?: No, please :)

MY COMMENTS:
Three recent paintings in my "hot granny" series. I use amateur pornography Iíve found on the internet as subject matter.

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
I've just joined WC because I work in a vacuum. That is, no contact with other artists. I'm mostly self-taught and have been painting seriously for just a year. Iím looking for any kind of response to my work from other artists. Thank you.

Wayne Gaudon
12-09-2004, 06:56 PM
You are a sick man .. LOL
Nice renderings, but isn't that photography still subject to copyright protection? Be careful .. someone might recognize their granny. :D

lenny
12-09-2004, 07:14 PM
interesting question. I would think once the pictures have been posted in public forums, the become like celebrities. Besides, it would be difficult to spot one. I don't care about likenesses. I alter and combine the images And make a lot of it up. I like painting strangers. There is no risk of making someone mad. But if anyone knows the copywright laws as it pertains to this, I'd love to hear about it.

JoeKaz
12-09-2004, 08:05 PM
The fact that something is posted on the web does not affect the copyright. The original photographer still owns the copyright to his photograph.

If that were not true, then we'd be loosing the rights to own own images by posting them here at wetcanvas.

lenny
12-09-2004, 08:17 PM
Yes but we are not talking about copying and distributing images whether they be photographs or paintings. I am not copying the photos. We are talking about using a form of media as inspiration. Like Andy Wahol and lots of other artists that cut and paste media to make their own images.

JoeKaz
12-09-2004, 08:41 PM
Sorry for digressing about the copyright thing, when you posted here to get comments on your work. Your painting technique looks pretty good, and the glow/aura around 'purple hot granny' is really interesting. Your subject matter is a bit unusual - which is never a bad thing. My first reaction is that the audience for these paintings might be limited, but that's just one opinion. Do you exhibit or sell these? Just curious.

katelynalain
12-09-2004, 08:47 PM
interesting subject matter and sense of humor. i like the second one. it works i think because the background is treated with a similar realism as the body. the glow around the woman on the bottom i think distracts from the irony a bit..skin tones are phillip pearlstein-esque. you are making a comment on the social idea and content of these photos?

lenny
12-09-2004, 09:00 PM
So true. I was in a group show recently in a small gallery and although I got many comments (love or hate) nothing sold. My friends say they love them but not enough to hang them in their living room. A gallery/cabaret/bar is going to have an individual show for me in June. If there is an audience, thatís probably it. Seedy bars and clubs. I hope that my work will evolve into something a bit more marketable someday, but until then, this is how I stay interested as I find my way as a painter. I think Iím going to need a storage garage though. Or maybe a bon fire party. Thank for your comments, Joe

lenny
12-09-2004, 09:11 PM
I hope there is a sense of humor in them. If Iím making a social comment, itís about how we are hypnotized into having a generic sense of beauty. Beauty is not found only in the young, thin and fine featured. Plump, old and wrinkled can be beautiful too. At least I think so. Thanks, Katelyn

artbabe21
12-09-2004, 10:57 PM
welcome to WC Joe! These are really HOT! Well done & not porno...I think a tribute to HOT GRANNIES everywhere!! :wink2: There WILL be a home for this work...personally being a granny myself I think it's a terrific statement!
Do MORE!

Tamana
12-09-2004, 11:14 PM
The human body is definitely beautiful in all forms - or so sayeth me.

The business forum is an excellent source of legal advice regarding copyright issues...and yes, photos are copyrighted so be careful (I studied that intently when I was doing collage work).

I think I like the second one because it seems more natural than the other two, which seemed dressed up, posed, contrived if you understand what I'm saying. Although it's certainly fun to play dress up -- one really doesn't need the accentuation for purposes of beauty.

You do such good work and have such a wonderful message to put forth, why not try to find some live models in lovely, soft, natural settings? Then it would truly be YOUR work from the heart.

Joe Steiner
12-18-2004, 12:04 AM
Lenny,I think these are great.my only sugestions are to to use some more variety of color in the figures,and to put the figures in a more atmospheric background.Do you have a web site?Do you work from life?

allanom
12-18-2004, 02:01 AM
They're funny, they're sad, they're poignant, they're well done.... and they work. Well done! Love stuff that comes out of left field... stuff that makes even the jaded art watcher THINK. Keep on strokin'...

lenny
12-18-2004, 01:48 PM
Thanks guys. Currently, I don't have a web site but I might soon. I think some of my work is going to be in a Columbia College show that explores ungoverned appetites and unnatural curiosity. Right up my alley. Joe, I too, live in the chicago area. http://cspaces.colum.edu/spaces/hokin_annex/