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Peculiar Picture #34
Especially on that closeup the guy has his head back and that stream seeming to emanate from between his legs...you know what I'm thinking. Maybe someone there thought the same thing.
By: PT Dilloway on June 18, 2014
I like it, especially the highlights that accent the lumberjack and the tree, which is virtually split in two already. This one makes a statement, if not for the Oregonian, for environments and/or people with ole fashioned common sense.
By: Robyn Engel on June 18, 2014
Wow, I think it is perfect. So glad you are picking up the brush again.
By: Akansas Patti on June 18, 2014
I think you are quite talented and should definitely let your emotions guide your art. This painting definitely speaks volumes.
By: Coloring Outside the Lines on June 18, 2014
I think your observation is correct - this is a painting depicting the sadness of cutting down such a fine tree. It's great!
By: The Bug on June 18, 2014
i agree with your feelings that came thru your painting well.
By: TexWisGirl on June 18, 2014
To some extent we need to hide our personal feelings in order to make a living or just get along in life with other people. But I think if we totally bury our feelings, we've sold our soul. Glad you are starting to paint again!
By: Pixel Peeper on June 18, 2014
I agree, it is peculiar. He's oiling his chainsaw. ;-)
By: Daniel LaFrance on June 18, 2014
Yes, i can see how the industry wouldn't like it, but i certainly do.
By: mimi on June 18, 2014
Like Pixel said, sometimes you have to sacrifice your feelings or ideals in order to make a living, within reason of course, as a true artist i imagine it was a very difficult thing for you to do and in this case you failed. Failed as a commercial endeavor but certainly not as an artist.
By: Cranky Old Man on June 18, 2014
I like it. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on June 18, 2014
The part I like best is the lighting.
By: Val on June 18, 2014
The lighting is great!!
By: fishducky on June 18, 2014
Yep, much more a romantic painting than something representing a dynamic industry. Than fine line between commercialism and art!
By: Tabor on June 19, 2014
This is a great piece Stephen and it says far more than words ever could.
By: John on June 19, 2014
powerful painting- gorgeous use of color and light!
By: Kathe W. on June 19, 2014
Well, after seeing the complete illustration, I don't see why it was summarily rejected. After all, only Paul Bunyan was really as big as some lumberjacks would like to believe they are. Yeah, I've been around a few, and chicken-haulers ain't got nothin' on them! (LOL?)
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on June 19, 2014
When I was doing graphic design I had to hide my true feelings about most of the work I was doing. Not always easy is it?
By: LL Cool Joe on June 20, 2014
I love the sense of insignificant human in comparison to the might tree - men destroying something that's been around for hundreds of years.
By: Bryan Jones on June 21, 2014
I would be curious to compare it to the picture that was selected. If they were doing a story on the current (in that time) practices of forestry, wouldn't that painting portray that?
By: Cheryl P. on June 25, 2014
This is a very powerful painting. Wow! But, I agree it doesn't convey the message that would have been desired. It's heartbreaking. The grand ancient being destroyed by the faceless monster.
By: Mitchell is Moving on July 11, 2014
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