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04-28-2001, 01:14 AM
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Hi all,
I haven't been here in a while but I just wanted to post what I did during the downtime. It's an oil on canvas 16 x 20.
This was done for a customer of mine and they loved it. They gave me a picture to work from, and yes the tail was kinda chopped or should I say cropped off in the photo too. I think I'll do this one again for myself, only this time I'll give the Shark a bit more room both in front and rear.
Maybe 18 x 30 with a distant reef as background or something.

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04-28-2001, 06:54 AM
Wow Jim!
Very impressive. I think the way it fills the whole frame and then some is part of the intimidating "coming right for ya" feel of this painting.

04-28-2001, 07:11 AM
I agree with barbra....looks really scarey http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
I really like it

04-28-2001, 11:57 AM
Very nice Jim! I like the closeness of him too.

You take the pic? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


04-29-2001, 12:27 AM
Great job anatomically!

Photos are a bit of a challenge in that subjects don't always get the environment they are in fairly treated. ITs that thru the lens metering thing.

Thus..if you think a bit more like an Impressionist and realize all color plays upon each other...and try to work some of that color of the water into the grays of the shark...it will come off better IMHO.

As it is...having greys with no hint of the surrounding color gives it a bit of a "decal" pasted in look. Grey...being a neutral color, ought to be heavily influenced by its surroundings. This also is what makes the Great white a fantastic predator...as all predator fish are designed to appear camoflaged by their surroundings. The attack coming as a surprise.


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04-29-2001, 12:30 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/cool.gif I like the feeling of the shark coming right towards you too http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

04-29-2001, 12:41 AM
Beautiful and impressive. Looks very menacing to me!


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04-29-2001, 11:02 PM
Thanks everyone, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Yes Shirl,It was kind of horrific snapping the photo as I sped away and onto the beach and into thew next county! O.K. kidding http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Larry, I do totally agree with you, and will attempt to add a few final color washes on my next one...as this particulr piece has been sold. Should I apply Blue washes on the Shark or greys into the water? The customers gave me the picture to copy from. They're very happy with their Great White Decal, and now would like me to paint some Decal Dolphins and a Killer Whale http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Yes Larry...I did take what you said seriously, and will try my best to make it work better in the upcoming paintings that I produce. Thanks for your critiques.

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04-30-2001, 06:21 AM
Jim!!...welcome back..wondered what had happened to you. I see you have indeed been busy..this is great. I agree with larry about the reflected light and colour of the surroundings...especially underwater.
Sharks are awesome....why exactly did this customer want a painting of a shark?


04-30-2001, 04:25 PM
<FONT face="Tahoma">AWESOME</FONT f> http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif


04-30-2001, 09:14 PM
The customer just thought it was a cool picture and loves all sea life. I've been very busy working on my <a href="http://www.artistnation.com/members/lofts/jim/jimstruck.html">'77 Blazer restoration project.</a>I guess you could consider it a mechanical art form. I'm bringing it into the 21st century with the addition of Multi Point Electronic Fuel Injection. I'll be busy with it until the end of June, so I may temporarily do another disappearing act...but I'll always return http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif I've received two requests for Dolphin paintings now so when I do them I'll try and place them "in" the water, instead of on it.
Talk to ya later.

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