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Old 05-13-2003, 02:45 PM
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A couple of months ago I said no flowers for a while, well I lied, but seeing as everybody's disappeared I'm unlikely to get pulled up on it.

Decorative and soulless? Probably. Do I care? No.

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Old 05-13-2003, 03:03 PM
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OMG! I'm stunned by the texture of the petals! The clarity...the color. This is EXQUISITE! Did someone tell you to stop doing flowers, or was that a self-imposed thing? Simply gorgeous.
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Old 05-13-2003, 08:18 PM
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It's soulful and exquisite!
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Old 05-13-2003, 10:12 PM
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mmm such delicate, pink petals. i can smell them. sweet.
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Old 05-14-2003, 03:54 AM
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This is awfully good. I didn't know you'd sworn off flowers, or that you'd ever painted one before -- I just know I like this one quite a lot. Lovely. Glad I was around when you came to your senses

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Old 05-14-2003, 10:44 AM
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Absolutely gorgeous! Don't stop!

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Old 05-14-2003, 11:33 AM
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Flowers are bi-sexual.
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Old 05-14-2003, 01:37 PM
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GOOD GRIEF!!!!!!!!!!

I's have sworn that was a photo!!!!!!!!!

I'm aghast (sp?)....... i'd LOVE the ability to paint with such skill, well impressive!
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Old 05-14-2003, 07:18 PM
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far more beautiful then a photo

were there a way to smell it, better then the real thing
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Old 05-14-2003, 10:46 PM
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your remarks are eerily similiar to remarks made by several WC contributors lately. no one, including those of us at WC can peer into your soul or see what you see. (wish I remembered who said that) additionally we are handicapped by viewing a web approximation of the real thing. so if you are pleasing yourself, please continue. and don't worry about the labels unless being like everyone else is important to you. learn? YES. sacrifice Gareth? ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Did I say I liked the painting? Oh yeah, and sorry about the rant.
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Old 05-15-2003, 11:53 AM
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Flowers are bi-sexual.

Well at least it's not "like totally gay."

Thanks for the positive feedback, the magnolia's the first painting I've finished for a while; too much on my mind lately. It was a self imposed descision to move away from flowers, at the time I felt that they'd served their purpose. Initially they were done to be obtuse, as beautiful as possible, but completely vacuous. Something to wind up the chin scratchers. Anyway last year it started to feel like they were restricting my freedom. I'd had a couple of galleries interested in flowers and a few commisions, again for flowers, but I don't want just to be the guy who paints flowers, there's so much beauty around, why pigeon hole myself? I photograph loads of different things and just go through them for paintings. I wasn't photographing flowers exclusively so why paint flowers exclusively? (I'll paint about one from every hundred photo's that I take, which probably says more about my [lack of] photographic skills, haha). The magnolia was just a flower seen one Sunday that I'd photographed. I wanted to paint it and figured that there was no point restricting myself in the name of freedom, so here it is. It was done along with a sky and a landscape (posted the sky a while back, though I've re-worked it slightly and the landscape is 90% done), so it didn't feel so restrictive anyway. I'm much more comfortable with the flowers as part of a broader spectrum and will probably continue with them now, as long as they stay part of a whole.
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yeah - what abstroint said

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Old 05-16-2003, 09:39 AM
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Holly Chit!!! How did I miss this one? Beautiful work! Nothing soul less here. Very well done.
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This isn't soulless at all, it'f full of soul. I really like the way that it fills the canvas up.

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