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Old 05-12-2018, 05:49 PM
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Re: 'My Own Personal Minions', a new WIP

Hey everybody, long time no post!

Unfortunately for the first time in my life I've been dealing with some health problems, and visits to doctors/hospitals/testing facilities have slowed my painting to a crawl... like I didn't paint slow enough. The good news is that I'm better than I was and can get some further testing to figure out what's causing my poor health, plus the 'major' worries (heart, lungs, blood) look really good for my advanced age (47). Anyway, several friends were inquiring about the painting and my absences from WC, so I took a break from painting and took some pix this AM and wanted to post them.

First off, the painting as a whole:



The vase/stormtrooper/flower are completely done, but many others have not been finished. You'll see what I mean in the upcoming photos!

First up, some of the completed items:



A closeup of the vase's reflection:




Pretty cool, huh?

Now for one of my favorite parts of the painting, our poor stuck-behind-glass Stormtrooper:



The flower - love the way it came out, used 4 different reds, but Michael Harding's Alizarin Crimson was indispensable. And for those who worry about lightfastness, I have an 18-month (currently) test going on with this paint, and it looks as good as the day I applied it. HOORAY FOR MICHAEL HARDING!




Now for the background photo-sampler thing. THIS IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING FINISHED! I roughed-in the colors for the Death Star and the vines on both sides, both need a lot of work to be as precise and detailed as I'd like them to be.



And two more of our friend the Stormrooper trapped in the vase:





Finally, some pix of the fruit skewer. The Strawberries are just barely blocked in, the middle, cut one is just started, and the kiwis have a little color on them, the bottom one being much closer to completion than the top one.





As you can see, not much since my last update, but hopefully my health will improve and I'll iron out all my issues in the next few months. Hope you all tune in regularly, I will try to keep up with the updates on this painting!

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Intriguing and technically masterful.
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Old 05-12-2018, 06:23 PM
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Thinking of you my friend. Hope you are 100% on the mend soon.
A joy to watch you work. Looking exceptional.
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It may not seem like much, but you have done a lot since I last checked in on this thread.

Sorry you have been feeling unwell, glad you are on the mend and the vitals are okay.
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Fantastic work. The flower especially stands out.
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Thanks 123harry, Derek, mtpalms, and Ellis!

And thanks to those wishing me well, I'm back at the easel today working on some kiwis.
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I think your skill is Supreme - far above anyone else in here/- perfect
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Good luck with your health Alan.
Wonderful work as usual!
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This is incredible! You're an inspiration, Alan- back now I go to my long overdue painting project with some new pointers to keep in mind
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:44 PM
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Sending healing thoughts to you. Very tough when you have unexpected health issues.
You have such amazing, detailed work!
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Alan, best of luck with your health.
Your painting is evolving very well. Very nice!
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very nice painting. love the humour.
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You're our own hyper-realism Master, Alan! And this one is even more incredible (each one of yours I've seen tops the previous one). Best wishes on the health issues - never fun, but it sounds like you're already on the mend.
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Re: 'My Own Personal Minions', a new WIP

Thank you Carol, Ron, Justadude, Forestgrass, Hamburgefions, PVHooper, and Annie!

I really appreciate the very kind words and all the well-wishes. I hope that the next update will be more descriptive and informative for those interested - I always aim to describe every brush stroke and my mindset and approach to attacking all the elements in such a detailed and difficult piece, but I usually end up posting a bunch of pictures and just showing progress.

Thanks again!
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Looking good Alan. Get better soon. I especially like the vase and the stenciled in roses on the borders of the home sweet home.
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