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The Protest II

June 19, 2015




I’m pausing from relating adventures from our vacation to fill you in on a project that will be occupying me for the rest of the summer. I’ve mentioned a few times that I was once foolish enough to spend eighteen months painting a colossal 10x15 foot painting I called The Protest. I refused to heed the advice of those who told me this painting would be too big to find a home—and they were right. For the past decade, The Protest (details can be seen on the Fine Art Paintings which can be found on the menu bar of my blog) has been rolled and stored in a corner of my garage.


It bothered me that no one was able to see something I spent so much time creating, so I recently committed myself to painting a smaller version, a replica of the original. The new painting will be 4x6 feet, still a big painting but small enough to hang. I’ve unrolled and tacked the original to the wall of my garage so I can refer to it while painting. I hope to complete The Protest II by the end of summer. I’ve included pictures of my progress, which I hope you’ll find interesting.



  The Protest (original version)




 Blank canvas




 Toned canvas




 Beginning to block in the figures









  Finished blocking in the figures






Mrs. Chatterbox snapped this picture of me working




*Note: The photo at the beginning of this blog ran with a newspaper article about The Protest back in 2001.





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That's really impressive! It's tough to recreate a piece like that, but so far it's looking good.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on June 19, 2015
Fun watching how you create a painting. I was going to ask if you were going to change it in any way over the years, but it is a reproduction.
By: tabor on June 19, 2015
Tabor, Thanks for the comment. Actually, an artist can't make a reproduction or copy of his own work. I'm attempting to make a replica, which will inadvertently be different in a few ways, whether or not I intend any changes.
By: Chubby Chatterbox on June 19, 2015
A lot of work, but I think it'll be worth it!!
By: fishducky on June 19, 2015
Your replica is much like a signature. We never quite sign the same way twice but it is uniquely the artist anyway. This is great.
By: Oma Linda on June 19, 2015
How cool! I love the progress pictures. You're definitely a talented guy!
By: The Bug on June 19, 2015
I've been admiring your work for several years now. Nice to finally see the artist at work.
By: Catalyst on June 19, 2015
By the way, is that Jerry Garcia up in the upper right corner?
By: Catalyst on June 19, 2015
Glad you are back and engrossed in your first love, Steve. The project is complicated, beautiful, and displays your talents. See you in the Fall!
By: Jo on June 19, 2015
so very awesome!!! love seeing the stages of your work, too!
By: TexWisGirl on June 19, 2015
wow- I know I could never do this level of fine art...I stand in awe! Cheers and Happy Fathers Day!
By: Kathe W. on June 19, 2015
The Protest is an incredible work of art, and I hope someone wants to purchase the smaller version at an acceptable price.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on June 19, 2015
Wow. And you can do it twice. Double wow.
By: mimi on June 19, 2015
Nice job, you talented guy, you! I can't even draw boobs with an Etch-A-Sketch.
By: Al Penwasser on June 19, 2015
It's interesting to see you working on something. I guess I have no idea about creating a painting...I'd start with colors in a corner somewhere and assume that whatever I put down was the final stroke...
By: Pixel Peeper on June 19, 2015
I'm really surprised somebody didn't latch onto this painting. It wouldn't be for a home but a public building of some kind.
By: red on June 19, 2015
I'm in awe of your work. It's hard for me to wrap my mind around the amount of work that went into The Protest.
By: Rick on June 19, 2015
That looks like a lot of work. Or pleasure.
By: Val on June 19, 2015
You are really, REALLY good! Kudos to you for doing this!
By: Marcia @ Menopausal Mother on June 19, 2015
I find the creative process fascinating, and appreciate seeing it unfold in your photos. Will this piece be hung in your home or do you have an interested party waiting in the wings with a large bag full of cash?
By: Daniel LaFrance on June 19, 2015
I love the way you have your paint pallet on a wheelie bin! Ha, that's how I used to work too. So you stand up to paint too? Good luck with the project I hope it brings you joy through the summer months.
By: LL Cool Joe on June 20, 2015
A great piece Steve and then to replicate it on a smaller scale...Impressive!
By: John on June 20, 2015
A great topic at an appropriate time in our history. And I love watching your work take shape. Please update your progress with more photos.
By: Scott Park on June 20, 2015
A masterpiece that sadly will probably not be appreciated while you are above ground. Much like many great paintings. Reminds me of a modern version of many paintings of the past that you have analyzed for us in your blog. I hope you will do the same when you are finished. Though I suspect as the artist you want everyone else to do the analysis. I think I do recognize the central figure.
By: cranky on June 20, 2015
It's like writers who "trunk" a novel, only to resurrect it years later and revise. My fave image is the guy with the microphone. Good luck!
By: Lexa Cain on June 21, 2015
I think the timing of your new work is pretty perfect considering the turmoil within our beautiful country. The details of your original were breathtaking so I'm sure this one will be no less.
By: Bouncin Barb on June 22, 2015
very ambitious. I hate redoing something I've already done.
By: Ellen Abbott on June 23, 2015
Another example of your amazing talent. I am in awe!
By: Mitchell is Moving on June 29, 2015
It's great to see you at work on this interesting project, Stephen!
By: Michael Manning on July 5, 2015

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