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09-25-2008, 03:26 PM
My husband has been a firefighter with the city for almost 18 years and I was excited when this picture of him appeared in our local paper last winter and I knew one day I would have to attempt to paint it.
Well that day came and this is my attempt :)
12x14 in. canvas

09-25-2008, 03:34 PM
Very well done!

PS - That's one way of not having to paint a face :lol:

09-25-2008, 03:36 PM
Gorgeous! Well done!!! :)

Antony Burt
09-25-2008, 03:56 PM
Excellent painting... Glad you didn't have to do this from real life! "Just a few more minutes hon...."

You're likely both very proud of the painting. :thumbsup:

09-25-2008, 04:03 PM
Thank you Bill! Yes, I got off pretty easy with this one :lol:
Thank you EP!
Antony, Good one :lol: . He's quite excited about this one (which doesn't happen very often) and is taking it to work tonight to show the guys. Thank you!

09-25-2008, 04:29 PM
Excellent! :clap:
and how cool he is taking it to show off :heart:

09-25-2008, 04:34 PM
You're attempt came out excellent.

M Douglas
09-25-2008, 04:51 PM
Awesome job Lillian!


09-25-2008, 04:59 PM
Great painting, and great firefighters.


09-25-2008, 05:16 PM
Wonderful! Both the paitning and that your hubby is proud of it enough to take it to show off!



09-25-2008, 05:26 PM
terrific painting :thumbsup::thumbsup:

chammi kaiser
09-25-2008, 05:32 PM
Absolutely super Lilian. I love the background and the excellent clean colours in this one. That is a tough job and tough on you too, as a wife. A really nice tribute to your husband.

09-25-2008, 05:37 PM
First-class painting! The natural setting adds so much.

La Paz
09-25-2008, 06:03 PM
Very nicely done!!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

09-25-2008, 06:13 PM
Our Heroes!
I have known firefighters, and I am in awe of them.
Beautiful work here.
Absolutely perfectly done!

09-25-2008, 07:15 PM
Excellent job Lillian! I take my hat off to all firefighters.

09-25-2008, 07:48 PM
Thank you so much Angie, RogueFire30, Melodie, Camaur, Michael, Robert, Chammi, Linda, Barbara, Kathleen and Lulu for the nice comments! You guys are wonderful! :heart:

09-25-2008, 07:57 PM
You hit the bullseye. Fantastic. This should hang in your City Hall.

09-25-2008, 08:02 PM
What everyone else said and then some!! This is well done, and a great subject!!

09-25-2008, 08:11 PM
That's awesome I love it! You must have picked the perfect time to attempt it - cuz it came out perfect!

Soul Expressions
09-25-2008, 08:45 PM
That is wonderful! I love it. You really capture the danger and heroism. Lucy

09-25-2008, 09:31 PM
Thank you Artchrispy! Actually I was thinking of giving it to my mother-in-law for Christmas but then again I just might decide to keep it for myself! :smug: :)
Susan, thank you!
Thank you Rich for the nice reply!
Lucy, thank you, I appreciate the comments!

09-25-2008, 10:35 PM
Thanks to all of the men and women who put their lives on the line every day for our safety.... how proud you must be of your fireman. Nothing we can say can surpass your husband taking it to work with him to show off to the guys! Now that is one fine recommendation. Lovely painting and it shows your heart was in it. Great going.

09-26-2008, 09:43 AM
Wonderful work.

09-26-2008, 09:44 AM
Really nice, a beautiful painting :)

09-26-2008, 10:14 AM
Very well done!
Mine is also a firefighter, in Toronto.
I Hope your husband keeps safe :-)

09-26-2008, 10:23 AM
Absolutely amazing! You did an excellent job. WOW!! Ruthie

09-26-2008, 10:32 AM
Great painting, and don't you just love that he's taking it in to show off to the boys. You may be looking at a long list of requests because they are all going to want a portrait in their gear too.

Antony Burt
09-26-2008, 11:08 AM
I think it would be tough to give away that painting! I bet your hubby was bursting with pride when he showed it off at the hall. (And the guys wanted to keep it at the hall!)

09-26-2008, 11:21 AM
Yeah, I don't think I could part with this one.... it's fantastic! I love how the hat looks, and those flames... just wow!

09-26-2008, 01:12 PM
Aires, you so eloquently put into words my feelings! Thank you for that.:heart:
Thank you Arlene!
Andy, thank you!
Jocelyn, my hope for your husband also! Thank you!
Thank you Ruthie!
Sharon, Well he showed it not only to his crew (men and women ;) ) but also to the crew before him and the one coming on this morning.:eek: :o . At least if they all had their B.A.'s on it would be easy to get a good likeness :lol: Thank you!
Antony, the Deputy Chief said that they would pay to frame it if I let them hang it up in the fire station, and also said he had some other photos that he would like painted! :eek: I'm not sure what I'm going to do!
Thank you so much Katwyld!

09-26-2008, 01:35 PM
Could always do another one.... :eek:

09-26-2008, 04:53 PM
Beautiful work, the colors are so expressive! Great job.

Bright Eyes
09-26-2008, 04:56 PM
This is amazing!

09-26-2008, 05:27 PM
What are you going to do with requests to paint more? Get paintin', gal!
Wow, I'd consider that the best of compliments - if you put your heart into other paintings for the walls of the old firehouse, I KNOW they will do you proud and make life a little more enjoyable for the men who spend so many hours in the fire station.

-- I used to work in city offices where the fire station for the downstown district was overhead and the walls pretty thin. We all had tingles down our spine when the alarm sounded and we heard the drumbeat of feet as they ran overhead and slid down the pole to the basement area where the fire truck was housed. The hours of regular duty for our firemen could be long but when that alarm sounded, we all knew that lives were on the line, both for the firemen and at the destination where they were headed. So - my hat is off to you both in the lovely painting you did for your husband and in anything you might do in the future to make the long hours a little brighter for our brave firefighters, any city.
(Maybe you could loan them your painting for a designated time OR just do another one for them??)

09-26-2008, 05:38 PM
great details!very well done!:thumbsup:

09-26-2008, 07:00 PM

09-26-2008, 07:54 PM
Thank you Robert! That is what my husband said when I mentioned I wasn't ready to part with it :rolleyes: :lol:
Thank you Assaf for the kind comments!
Bright Eyes, thank you!
Aires, I'm not sure about giving them this painting yet but I will look at the photos the Deputy Chief has in mind and maybe paint a couple over winter to give to them. I like your idea about loaning them for a specific time period (maybe until my husband retires?) I wasn't looking for comissions but my husband thinks I should do it, and it is an honour to be asked!
Thank you Clem!
Michael, I appreciate it! Thank you!

09-27-2008, 12:33 PM
Excellent piece. My Dad was also a firefighter, this is a great tribute to your husband and all the Bravest who run toward the danger.

09-27-2008, 12:53 PM
Great job with this, very powerful painting indeed!!!!!!

Lady Carol
09-27-2008, 01:03 PM
I know so many firefighters. They all love this sort of stuff. This tells a very poignant story.

09-27-2008, 04:01 PM
Thank you David for the kind sentiment!
Thank you Mike!
Carol thank you, I aprreciate the comments!

09-28-2008, 05:22 AM
Excellent! I love it! Vicki

09-28-2008, 02:35 PM
Thank you Vicki!:)

09-29-2008, 05:22 PM
We all take our hats off for The Day Shift. I think this may have been an easy painting for you Lillian; but then, you make them all appear just right. Appreciate it.


09-29-2008, 06:53 PM
Lillian! this is such a great painting!


09-30-2008, 06:54 AM
Absolutely great stuff!!!!!
I spent 18 years before an injury and being disabled out, so I have a great respect for all concerned.
Your work just captures it all perfectly, so get those commissions done and make a lot of people very happy and proud!!

09-30-2008, 11:55 AM
Excellent work!

09-30-2008, 01:00 PM
Thank you Ozone, I find paintings that mean something to me are always easier to paint!:)
Kathy, thank you!
Paul, sorry about your injury. Thank you for the kind words and encourgement! I will be starting on one soon.
Thank you Michelle!

09-30-2008, 08:04 PM
:wave: Hi Lillian!

I love that this could be any firefighter, but yet, it has special meaning because it is YOUR fireman. It is very well painted too, I might add! The figure is excellently done and so is the fire!

How wonderful that you might be getting some other work from this! Painting another, or more, would be a good way to keep everyone who loves the painting happy!

Congratulations on this one. It's very special! :clap: :thumbsup: :clap:


09-30-2008, 08:47 PM
Thank you so much Elizabeth! I'm just waiting to receive the other reference photos to decide which one to paint to give to them. I'm kind of excited about it now! Thanks again!

10-02-2008, 10:21 PM
Fantastic Lillian!!
this is done excellently!!
Not one but two to realy be proud of this painting and your husband!

10-02-2008, 10:24 PM
This is fabulous!

10-02-2008, 11:07 PM
Wow, great painting and so meaningful. Polly

10-02-2008, 11:30 PM
You are all so kind :heart: Thank you Kathie, Tracey and Polly!

10-03-2008, 10:24 AM
This is just wonderful. You have to love it AND tell him,
"Thank you" from all of us. He has one tough job