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Old 04-07-2010, 08:46 AM
 
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I love this! I understand what Harry Chickpea is saying about authenticity, but that's not the point here. It's clearly representative of icons rich with a deeper meaning.

The only element I think is missing is warmth. There certainly is light, but it's not a warm light as I would expect from the sun on a fine spring day. Doesn't have to be bright necessarily, but I think the existing light could have been a little warmer.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I love this! I understand what Harry Chickpea is saying about authenticity, but that's not the point here. It's clearly representative of icons rich with a deeper meaning.

The only element I think is missing is warmth. There certainly is light, but it's not a warm light as I would expect from the sun on a fine spring day. Doesn't have to be bright necessarily, but I think the existing light could have been a little warmer.
Looks like a Northwest Oregon rural farm, with a lot more "green" than sun.
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I realize what I said could be misinterpreted. To clarify, I was amused by some of the gloss on the reality of rural life, but I don't consider that detracting as much as a selective vision in search of an iconic image. There is a stylization in this type of painting that has real charm. Selective vision and emphasis is the very core of art, and needs no apology. I get a kick out of seeing a farm without a muddy yard around the barn, and that is part of what makes me smile when I look at it. As I said before, I really like the painting.

FWIW, I'm a real fan of the Hudson River school, which goes for reality, but a very very rare reality where the light is perfect and the image is perfect, but just because I like that style, it doesn't mean I can't enjoy other art.
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:54 PM
 
Location: 125 Years Too Late...
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Very nice work.

I like the constant use of curvature in the composition--it encourages the eye to explore. Great use of consistent stylization as well.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Jefferson County
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Great painting Walt!
Had to look at your other work and share with my wife and daughter, who at 16, desires to pursue a career as an illustrator. Any advice or direction for a place where she could look for some very low paying or free work to start a portfolio before heading off to college in a little over a year?

I too am familiar with the multi-family farm which was actually quite commonplace at one time. In PA I think the tradition was more of adjoining additions to existing homes, but here in WV & in southern VA it seems to be another home at a short distance on the plot. Too bad this is not as common as it used to be.
Clint
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Canada
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While far from an art expert, I viewed your painting as an example of naive folk art, something not meant to be realistic, but almost muralistic, telling an idealized version of rural life, not a realistic one.

As such, I think it works very well. Thanks for sharing it.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Alabama
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Molly, I have one listed on Ebay.

Hi Harry, you are right about the mud and all.This is my version and what I see or can imagine. It is stylized but real at the same time and everything could be in this spring painting, from the groundhog, violets and bloodroot in bloom. It takes you back to a slower, simpler-nostalgic time. And until a few years back, I painted very realisticly, this is more fun and creative to me. By the way I love north georgia and trout fishing.

Hi Chris, that's one of my secrets for keeping your attention.

Clint , my wife is from West Virginia and it has awsome scenery. I really marvel at cow grazing in a 45 degree angled pasture. Or how people can get up some of those super steep driveways. and seeing a tall hill with a plowed flat top with corn planted on it. As for becomming an illustrator, there are very few real illustrators now days. Most are designers that also illustrate. Many colleges have 2 and four year programs.

Netwit, you hit the nail on the head. I telling an idealized story in my paintings.
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:25 PM
 
Location: On the west side of the Tetons
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I love your painting! It took me back to my childhood. "Whimsical" is the word that comes to mind (and I think there is far too little whimsy in our lives these days). I spent a lot of time looking at it, noticing all the little details.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:58 AM
 
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Great painting! I really like it.
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Old 04-11-2010, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
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I don't like it....I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!
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