View Full Version : Young, strong, quick and stupid

Jim Updegraff
04-03-2005, 09:04 PM
It is Sunday night so I get to throw the weekendís messing around up on these boards for the sake of a little help and the hope of having my ego stroked or at least some instruction at the hands of my betters.

One of the benefits of entering codger-hood is that you get to reminisce on the long ago when you were young, strong, quick and incredibly stupid. Here is the start of such an assay into nostalgia. So far, graphite sketch on pressed board, 24" x 24".


04-04-2005, 02:51 AM
HI Jim, This is going to be so great.. I am watching.. ;)

Anita Murphy
04-04-2005, 11:05 AM
I thought I posted to this - and then found the glue didn't work!
Anyway, pulling up a chair next to Lisa. Waiting to see how this unfolds. :D

04-04-2005, 03:43 PM
Pass the popcorn, girls.

(nice butt)

Jim Updegraff
04-06-2005, 05:10 PM
Step Two.

The high absorbency of this triple gessoed press board is a real pain. You lay down a smear of paint and ten seconds later itís gone Ė just soaked into the gesso. I have a whole 8 foot by 4 foot hunk of the stuff and now I have to use it up. I may just do a whole bunch of rear views of male pelvises just for the amusement of members who shall be unnamed.


04-07-2005, 11:08 AM

Jim Updegraff
04-10-2005, 07:31 PM
A little more work on this thing. I really need to let the paint dry before I mess with it any more.

It is hard to say where this is Ė it could be any number of places from the rice paddies outside Long Bin to the back areas of Fort Benning to the open fir forests of Graenfwohr. The time is fairly easy. It is the mid-1960s, when the ó14 rifle was still in the standard equipment list for the regular army.




Anita Murphy
04-10-2005, 09:09 PM
I think I object to your title - the stupid part at least. Having worn the green skin - sometimes the stupidity is someone elses - anyway I digress. I love this - always had a weakness for a man in uniform :D .

Jim Updegraff
04-10-2005, 09:52 PM
Present, I canít imagine that we wore the green suit and took the governmentís pay at the same time. I do remember that I did a lot of really dumb stuff back then. Not the least of that involved running around in the open all by my lonesome. Some times it was from inexperience, sometime it was because someone told me to and sometimes it was because the welfare of 30 or 40 young men who were no smarter than I was required it. We all thought we were immortal back then, despite the sometimes daily demonstration that youth, strength, quickness and stupidity did not bestow immortality.

But the painting is not about that. Itís just a painting of a figure running. All Iíve done is put the figure in fancy dress.

Now, I could tell you about the groundhogs....

Anita Murphy
04-10-2005, 10:24 PM
I wore a different green suit Jim, took different government's pay, not at the same time but was still playing the same silly game! Wasn't the running around alone that got me, was the lying in ditches knowing they knew that I knew that they knew etc etc........
Groundhogs are beyond my experience!
Its a great figure - the hand holding the rifle worries me a little but can't pin down why. I think you have wonderful humour in your work. Is that intentional?

Jim Updegraff
04-10-2005, 10:42 PM
Yea, the right hand look swollen, doesnít it. There are lots of things that need work. The left hand is no prize, either. With luck this stuff will be fixed when I step down to the small round brushes.

Remember what the unlamented former Congressman Newt Ginrich said about women running down giraffes and laying in wet ditches.

04-12-2005, 10:20 PM
I arrived late so I'll sit in the back. Don't know how I missed this one. :clap: :clap:

04-13-2005, 06:50 AM
Jim! Its looking super :clap: I did not notice the things you are pointing out.
I love the outlining

Jim Updegraff
04-20-2005, 06:35 PM
I think this one is pretty well done. Iíll let it dry for a couple days and if it still looks finished Iíll stick it up on one of the critique boards or the medium forum.

Let me say a word about the old steel helmet. It was a handy item. There were two parts to it; a sort of pressed wood hat with a hat band and suspension straps and a steel pot that went over the whole thing that provided some protection from very slow moving shell fragments and glancing small arms fire. A straight on shot would go in one side and out the other with accompanying damage to anything in the middle. The pot was useful as a basin, good for shaving water, or bathing. It worked to bail out a foxhole, too. With the judicious application of a ball pen hammer the crown could be slightly flattened so that it would not roll and spill a precious pint of hot water. There was a chin strap but few people used it, not because it might strangle you if you got caught on a branch but because it was uncomfortable and not very effective at keeping the damn thing on your head..

I had hoped for more of a feeling of movement. Maybe the figure is too balanced. Iíll think on that.




04-20-2005, 06:58 PM
Just excellent :clap: :clap: :clap: