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Anti-War Canvas

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by kansas kid, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Several of the Planeteers commented about my last oil painting that I
    posted on PF — the same picture as my Avatar, so I am posting another oil
    painting I completed last Fall. It is size 18 inches wide by 24 inches deep; a
    WWI Anti War canvas. Critical remarks are welcomed.


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    Von Luch, pmfs, yeo_64 and 3 others like this.
  2. housecarl A Fixture

    A very emotive work Rick, I love your style.
  3. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello Carl, and thanks. . .

    Greetings Carl, my friend:

    Thank you for taking time to look at this canvas. I had a lot of trouble getting
    the colors the way I wanted, but all that linear pattern in the background
    was a lot of fun to paint. I do appreciate your kind words.

  4. megroot A Fixture

    Great work Rick.
    I find it a middle of cubisme and impressionisme....
    You have your own style and i like it.

  5. garyjd Well-Known Member

  6. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Thank you Marc . . .

    I appreciate your kind words, Marc. I get together in the warm months with
    several other canvas artists; and they have encouraged me to express my
    linear style in the historical format. Many years ago in college, I
    was very impressed by the Impressionists such as
    Toulouse Lautrec, Monet, Manet and the forerunner of Cubism Cezanne,
    along with others. I have a lot of books with the work of Picasso and
    the other artists who brought Cubism to the fore.

    Perhaps I've been more influenced by their works than I have thought.
    It is interesting you brought it up.

    Thanks again,

    Miami Jayhawker
  7. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Otto Dixx

    Well Gary:

    You've got me there. When I read the name Otto Dixx, it didn't sound
    familiar. However, when I went to the web site, and looked at other
    examples of his work on Wikipedia, I remember his dynamic style and the
    emotions that those works stir in the viewers eye. There is really nothing
    glorious about War. His work definitely grabbed your attention.

    Thanks for responding,

  8. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    what I really liked was how the sky colours are used again on the helmet, joining the figure with the sky.

    Also how, while the sky is colourful, it isn't all that happy (tanks, gas, smoke & flame). The face is washed out of colour, and framed by the skulls.

    This kind of art, if you wish, could also be the start of a 'flat' style sculpt, see my effort here


    I can see you rapidly getting a sculpt out of your art, if you so wished - you already have the eye - hand skills with a brush! (y);)

  9. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Very Clever, Jamie. . . funny

    Hi Jamie:

    First of all thank you so much for your very interesting comments. I feel like
    I'm starting to get to know you better. It's that exchange of ideas that I find
    so exhilarating about this kind of forum.

    And I appreciate your words about how the background colours
    work in harmony with the helmet camo pattern. Ah. . . my words
    using "harmony" there, not yours, of course. And I know that I talk
    here a lot about colour harmony for figure painting as well. And
    I try to exhibit that in my figure painting. Colour effectively used is
    such a tool for the artist. . . But there I go again, stating the obvious,
    shucks! ;)

    I missed your thread of that high relief kind of sculpting. And I just thought
    that cartoon was so funny. The prat fall, slap-stick kind of humor that W.C.
    Fields and Laurel and Hardy made so famous in the 1930s. . . on celuoid.
    That thought never occurred to me. I've stated I am not a sculptor, and
    my minor conversion work on figures kinda proves it. So I don't see this
    rather old doggie learning new tricks. Kinda like the cowardly Lion, . . .
    need a big dose of Courage, right here back in Kansas, Toto,

    The Miami Jayhawk
  10. gothicgeek A Fixture


    i like it. To me it has a very post ww1 feel to it, sort of a 1920's or 30's feel. Is the soldiers face anyone in particular?

    and thanks for sharing

  11. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Thank you Mark . . .

    Hi Mark:

    Thank you for taking time to have a look see. When I was researching this
    canvas and doing a lot of sketching to sort out the composition, I also
    downloaded a bunch of pictures, and went thru my reference books on hand
    to see what images would help me with the drawings. I am sorry I can not
    remember if the image I used of René Villian (I hope I spelt his last name
    correctly) for the face of the soldier was from the internet or from my
    books on hand dealing with WWI. I will attach the picture of Villian, who was
    an assasin from that period, but not involved in Sarajevo.

    I am sorry I don't remember many of the details, as I created this painting
    last Spring. If you're really interested in the details about him, PM me and I
    will cause search to find out the details. Thanks again for your comments.


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  12. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Cool! as i suspected there is a narrative to the picture. :)

  13. 1969 A Fixture

    Rick good to see this one again and so good that others can view it and give their feedback on it.
    This is a fantastic piece of work mate and such a different take on the ww1 theme, we are so used to black and white images of the conflict so its nice to have some dynamic colour involved in the painting.
    I thinkthe message of war is really present in this one, death and destruction, especially with the fire in the background which `consumes all`.

    All the ebst mate,

  14. Hardy Guest

    Excellent, always good to see something different on here. Hardy
  15. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Excellent, Rick! Know nothing about fine art, but I know what I like.

    All the best,
  16. yeo_64 Active Member

    VERY NICE, Rick !

    Hi Rick !
    A VERY EVOCATIVE and EMOTIVE painting. I like it A LOT (y)(y)(y)(y)(y)(y) !!!!!! Cheers !
    Kenneth :).
  17. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Fellow Planeteers, thank you for your kind words. . .

    Thank you gentlemen for taking time to comment about my painting:

    Steve: Thank you, Steve for your positive and encouraging comments, not
    only today but in our correspondence as well. I hadn't thought about the
    aspect of the fire and smoke being "all consuming". I was just trying to
    continue with the linear pattern. But you definitely hit the nail on the head,

    Hello Hardy: I realize this is a figure painting site, but it is encouraging to
    receive comments like yours. And I do appreciate you taking the time to
    express your opinions about this canvas. Thank you.

    Hey there Dan: Well, partner, I'm not sure I know that much about Fine Art
    either. . . as I worked as a news artist. Haven't studied the masters near as
    much as I should have. Thanks for your kind words.

    Hello Kenneth in Singapore: So good of you to comment and I really
    appreciate you taking the time to do so. I remember hearing many
    years ago a phrase that has stuck with me. And for me at least, it helps to
    explain why the Arts are so important. The phrase:

    The Arts Mirror Life

    Indeed, it is the Arts that teach us what is good and just, like a moral
    compass. Technology is important but IMHO, it doesn't give the true
    meaning to life as the arts do. Well, I could get on my soap box about
    this topic. But this probably isn't the place to discuss the point. Thanks,
    Kenneth for your kind remarks.
  18. rej Well-Known Member

    Rick as most of the time I'm always late on a post and as usual all superlatives have been written before in the previous posts so I'm left with practically nothing to praise you with, except that I second all that has been written so far and I like it a lot as it is evocative as it is emotive.....well I guess they have been mentioned already as well :(

    Ray ;)
  19. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Regardless Ray, I do sincerely appreciate your words

    Hello Ray:

    Please suffer no negative feelings as to when ever you want to join a
    thread, Ray. This happens to me a lot of the time. Some of the fine work
    I seem to be late getting into the ball game, or miss the thread all together.

    I sincerely appreciate your kind words, Ray. I have seen evidence of
    your large talent here and that makes the fact that you did take time
    to add your comments even that much more meaningful.

    Have a great day in the Sunny Mediterranean. We have London Froggy Fog
    here in the American Heartland at the moment. Go figure??? :confused::confused:
    ;) Miami Jayhawk
  20. mil-mart A Fixture

    Rick, great painting, I like it and ditto to all the previous comments, You're a very talented guy. (y)

    Cheers Ken

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