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Old 03-19-2007, 01:21 PM
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Keeper of the Grove

Started this portrait a few weeks ago. Planning to submit it to a themed juried exhibition this Wednesday. The theme is along the lines of the artist's vision/thoughts/experiences of the city. This man has fought for the last 20 years to preserve a small forest at the end of my mother's street. Where I live now. I have been involved to a limited degree with his mission. He is currently barred from city hall and facing legal proceedings as a result of his activities. I really hope to have a portrait of him in the bush, hanging in the city gallery, with is located in city hall.

I'm reaching a state of panic now. Can't see what I am doing anymore and he has been very tricky-not to mention that the paint won't dry!

Any comments are very welcome, I only have one more day of painting left.
I am posting the portion of the painting that fits on my scanner. Again, I'm having my usual scanner problems...colours appear much cooler here than in real life.

Actual size of the painting is 12"x12" - required size for this exhibition. Oil on birch panel.



This is the full composition....


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Old 03-19-2007, 02:32 PM
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Hi LanK,
judging from your scan the portrait looks very much like him. The whole idea of this portrait is very nice and I think of it as a good statement.

To my opinion you should paint the reflection on his right glass, because that makes his gaze more specific and the trees in the background are too warm. Maybe you can paint them closer in value to the sky and cooler, in order to have a more unified area that recedes more.

In general you have captured a nice mood.
Cheers...Nue!
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:42 PM
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Wow! Lank, very accurate and beautiful! Nice work. Brian
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:08 PM
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Hello LanK, Such a lovely portrayal of this man and a good story to go with it. Love the idea of it 'hanging' in City Hall!

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Old 03-21-2007, 12:32 PM
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LanK, is it finished? Would love to see the finished painting! It's so VERY good and I do hope they'll hang it in City Hall.

Love the idea behind this. Save the trees!
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:53 PM
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Re: Keeper of the Grove

excellent rendering and likness, there are minor highlights that could be brought out a bit more like stated above, ie. glasses etc. I would darken and sharpen a few lines arounf the face a bit more to pop some of that out from the rest. over all its very good, but the whole thing has the same feel to it. with a few highlights it would realy bring the viewers eye to a more focal point around the face... however all in all excelent work!
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Old 03-22-2007, 12:26 PM
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Re: Keeper of the Grove

My internet has been out pretty well since I started this post! Nice to come back and read your comments. In my panic to get the painting in, and probably more honestly, in my reluctance to really look at it before I did submit it, because I know its still not finished, I forgot to scan the updates. I will as soon as I can. (hopefully not until May when the show I'm aiming for closes!)

Nue - Thank you. I did do something very much like you suggested with the trees. Made the background recede into the sky a bit. It works very nicely to bring his face forward. Couldn't get a good enough handle on the glasses reflections to feel confident in adding them, without enough time to fix the problems I expected to create. But I will.

Dana, Maggie and Brian - thank you.

Wrichards - I agree. Ideally, I would have had another week to bring things to completion.

I didn't know about this exhibition until about two weeks ago, took some time to get organized, get pictures, etc etc....oh well. I've got my fingers crossed.

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There should be more portraits painted like this one: it really speaks to me.

Very, very well done.

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Old 03-22-2007, 01:20 PM
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Thank you Simon.

If Don is speaking to you, it must be about the Jefferson Salamanders, fairy shrimp or chimney crayfish that live in the bush!
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Re: Keeper of the Grove

Good on you Laurie. I think we should do more to celebrate the unsung (and exiled) heroes in our communities.
I will be very interested to see your final version and to hear how you went in the exhibition. If they don't hang it you could always ask one of the local shops to display it in their window. Perhaps along with a photographic display of the Grove.
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Old 03-23-2007, 06:42 PM
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Thank you Graham.

Got the good news today - to my absolute surprise the painting was accepted!

Didn't expect that. Partly because I was unsure about the painting (normal jitters), mainly because it is such a touchy political situation. I am so so so pleased that this portrait will be hanging in city hall the day he stands in court to face his charges. Now just have to figure out how to smuggle him in to the opening night (now everyone will know what he looks like)!
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Congratulations Laurie, and it's no surprise to me that the painting was accepted! :-)
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Congrats on your painting! Such a delicate style you have, very nice. Those muted tones in the skin do it for me.
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Old 03-24-2007, 02:29 PM
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Congratulations, LanK. This is a wonderful portrait - so lifelike and accurate.
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Re: Keeper of the Grove

hi Laurie,

i hope it is not too late to comment on your portrait - it is very well done and alikeness 100% - the only thing i can think of is that the original skintones look warmer than yours ....on the other hand i know that you like paint cool skintones .... in short, you deserve to win!!!!

hugs from rainy Vienna!

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