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Old 11-22-2002, 06:31 PM   #1
Mike McCarty Mike McCarty is offline
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It's only fitting that after I make a flap regarding the acceptance of criticism that I am unable to take any on this piece. Although I work at this full time, I'm not sure if I have a sufficient amount of seasoning for the slot next door. I may need a little more paprika.

This is a recent commission. Oil on linen, 24" x 18".
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Old 11-22-2002, 08:20 PM   #2
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Nice treatment, Mike; it's quite unusual. I like the perspective and the soft colors. Where will this hang in the client's house?
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Old 11-22-2002, 09:26 PM   #3
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An Enchanted Forest! Lovely!
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Old 11-22-2002, 09:55 PM   #4
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Mike,

The "seasonings" thread came in very shortly after you joined. Bon appetit!

http://forum.portraitartist.com/show...=&threadid=391
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Old 11-23-2002, 01:17 AM   #5
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Great, Mike! This is very creative.
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Old 11-23-2002, 01:20 AM   #6
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While walking through the clients beautiful house, noticing everything hanging on the walls as usual, I noticed a nicely framed photograph. It was an 8x10 taken by the children's grandfather in Michigan. I was struck by the unusual perspective. The children, and the way the road lays out is much like what you see above, only the forest was mostly just blackness and no sky.

The lady said that she placed this photo in this very spot (in the corner of the den) because she was guaranteed to see it many times during the day. She was very much attached to the image. The body language of the children was something only a mother could understand.

And so I lept into my shameless commerce mode. She contacted the grandpa who gladly produced the negative and the rest is history. The painting will hang in this same spot in the den. I have done one other portrait for this family.

Regarding the image above, I first took photos of the painting with my Nikon 35mm. I was not very pleased. I then, using pro 160 speed film in my Mamiya 645 camera, took more photos. I still felt like I wasn't getting all that was there. I then took the painting to a local photo lab. They made a slide (35mm) of the painting with 100 speed pro slide film and then made the image above from that slide on a new digital printer. The difference to me was stunning.

They made an 8x10 print which I scanned at 300 dpi. Very nice image. Of course it then has to be dimmed down quite a bit to meet the 400 wide forum requirement but I feel like what you see above is as good as I have ever been able to produce for forum viewing. I'm going to just blow off trying and head straight to these guys from now on.
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Old 11-23-2002, 05:19 AM   #7
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I'm not sure how you pulled off that very soft-edged quality throughout, and kept so much light throughout, but it's a piece that bears repeated viewing.

Congratulations.
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Old 11-23-2002, 11:25 AM   #8
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A definite departure from the usual portrait, it seems to transport the children into a realm out of this world. I like your choice of color and the brushwork on the path, which reminds me of the Impressionists.
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Old 11-23-2002, 09:52 PM   #9
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Dear Mike,

I found myself thinking about this painting long after I got off the Forum last night. It has a haunting, poignant quality to it that makes it special.

Good for you for posting it here, so you won't be coaxed into altering it. In my opinion, a painting that evokes feeling is a hundred times more valuable than one which just satisfies a checklist of correct values, color, composition, edges, and the like. ("The Raft of the Medusa" is one of my favorite paintings. Shamelessly emotional, isn't it?) And, for the record, your "checklist" of values, color, etc., looks just fine to me.

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Old 11-23-2002, 10:08 PM   #10
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I too am enchanted by this painting. I'd like to walk right into it. Congratulations, you slayed the jabberwocky.

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