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mindygoround
« on: April 16, 2012 07:00:19 PM »

My brother had been going through some things lately and I wanted to make him something to cheer him up/let him know I'm thinking about him, so I painted this for him:



I had done another similar painting in VERY different colors, with a much different tone as a result, and had had it rattling around in my head that I wanted to do one in complimentary colors to see what the end result would look like.  So when I decided on doing reddish-orange highlights with bluish-green shadows, I knew it would be for my brother because I knew that it would be very dramatic and kind of dark.  I like to think that the story behind this image is that he has survived some sort of apocalypse and is standing on a hillside at nighttime, watching the city burn, ready to fight to stay alive.  Maybe that's not a terribly positive thought, but he and I both love zombie and other post-apocalyptic stories, so it seems like a natural story for this image of him.

Originally, as I was painting this, I was calling it "No man is an island, more like an archipelago" because the orange highlights combined with the blues as they started to fill in looked to me like a topographical map of strings of islands in an ocean somewhere.  However, I think that now that it is finished, I prefer "Burn" as a title... short, sweet, to the point.

I visited my brother this past weekend (he lives in Pittsburgh, I live in Philadelphia) and gave this to him.  He was really pleased, and I hope you guys like it, too!
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2012 02:33:43 AM »

I like it. He really looks like a survivor. The feeling i get from the picture is that he's thinking "I don't have to enjoy it, but I'll last you out".
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2012 03:31:29 PM »

This is really cool looking, I'm sure he loved it.
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2012 08:52:07 AM »

The color choices are so awesome! Its dark and brooding without being depressing. Great job! And nice title for it too, I am horrible with titles.
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2012 09:07:59 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments, guys!  I'm really proud of this one, and hopefully I'll be doing more like it in the future.
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2012 08:24:04 PM »

What a great gift!!
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