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Completed T.e Lawrence Of Arabia

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by smudger1960, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks richie for your support and kind coments,they are much appriciated (y)
  2. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks ken for your kind coments,hope to see you at euro mate,where are you staying ?(y)
  3. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks jeff for your kind coments (y)
  4. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks steve for youir kind coments (y)
  5. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks ben for your kind coments,i've been a fan of lawrence for some time now and its great to have something of him in my collection,i'm glad you enjoyed the post and the pictures (y)
  6. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks adrian for your kind coments (y)
  7. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks mark for your kind coments (y)
  8. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks stu for your kind coments mate,looking forward to seeing you again and all your goodies (y)
  9. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks john for your kind coments (y)
  10. tonydawe A Fixture

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    G'day Brian,

    Amazing painting mate, a piece to be proud of. I have no doubt it will rate very highly with the judges at Euro. The groundwork is stunning and the rider and camel are perfect.

    Being a fan of the Australian Light Horse as you know, I should point out that the David Lean's movie "Lawrence of Arabia" neglects to mention that two regiments of the Australian Light Horse, which formed part of the Desert Mounted Column under the command of Lt Gen Harry Chauvel, arrived in Damascus and liberated the city two days before Lawrence and the Arab Revolt arrived to claim victory. The Turks had left the city a day or two earlier and left behind their sick and wounded. The Lighthorsemen were ordered by British GHQ (Allenby) to ride out of Damscus the night before Lawrence arrived, so the Arabs could claim the city in the name of Prince Feizel. As Lawrence and his men rode into Damscus, they passed the lines of the Australian Light Horse camped on the outskirts of Damascus, who were feasting on the goods they'd purchased at the city markets the day before.

    Not surprisingly, this fact doesn't sit well with the legend and the mythology built up around Lawrenece, so it is conveniently forgotten. As they say on Fleet Street, "don't let the facts get in the way of a good story". In the course of researching the history of the Light Horse during WW1, I read Lawrence's own published accounts of the war in the desert and his book The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. He may not have been the liberator of Damascus as Hollywood would have you believe, but his accomplishments were still remarkable and worthy of honour.

    I think your painting of this figure has done honour to his legend Brian.
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  11. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Hi tony,many thanks for your kind coments,yes i think it was the 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade that arrived in damascus prior to lawrence's arrival (y),its a facinating story,i'll probably watch the DVD again :)

    Brian
  12. TEZZA Member

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    Nice one Brian, look forward to seeing this beauty in the flesh. Hope to see you tomorow at EURO.
  13. Dan Morton A Fixture

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    Beautifully done!

    All the best,
    Dan
  14. Dr Force Well-Known Member

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    Simply stunning! An absolute beautiful work of art, every aspect completely nailed!!
  15. sarouman A Fixture

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    One of my favorite heroes of this era ... and of my favorite movies with you too this and this amazing PAINTING other and set up ground pieces reminded me of the movie but also the life of this great Englishman.
    I hope to have excelled in the report!!!


    Alexandros
  16. abbo Active Member

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    I know we don't do this for the awards but can't believe you didn't get a gold at Euro.
    martin
  17. Jazz A Fixture

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    This is a beautifully painted piece and I am shocked to hear that it didnt get a gold at Euro. IMO one of the best figures I have seen in a long time.
  18. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Hi Brian really sorry I couldn't get down stairs to see this in the flesh but I am sure the AMSS award made up for the lack of Gold in the competition.

    To get Gold now you need to paint faces like a Coal Miner, have the top of the figure glowing like the Sahara Desert and the bottom looking like Midnight:rolleyes:
    Helm, DEL and housecarl like this.
  19. Babelfish A Fixture

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    Had a good chuckle at that Keith but yes you're right!!

    You can't argue with the talent out there and not that I'll ever be able to paint as well as the "coal miner's face" guys and scale the giddy heights to a Gold medal at Euro, but some of the stuff that picks up top gongs at shows just looks unnatural to my eye. Superbly done for sure. But not "real" (if that makes sense).

    - Steve
  20. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Hi Steve, my post was tongue in cheek and you are right there was some great artistry on show from what I have seen of the photographs. I think the over emphasis on light and dark has migrated from the Fantasy area and seems to be de rigueur if you want to catch the judges eye. I don't have an issue with it but my personal preference is for a more natural look. I suppose it is the difference between reality and artistic interpretation.

    Keith

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