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Saint No.31 by Doc-Hammer Saint No.31 by Doc-Hammer
Oil on canvas
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ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow, I think this is beautiful!!! I love the color of her skin...
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ana-diamond Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
that one is breathtaking...
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daralynn13 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I think the model is super hot, but I may be biased because I just don't look as good as I did then anymore. Thanks for letting me sit for you, even though you thought the finished product sucked. It was quite a fun surprise to discover this image here. Hope all is well :)
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nirvana-is-my-life Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
I understand why you scrapped this one. Not in a 'holy shit this honestly sucks' manner,I assure you. It's just lacking that..feel that most of your painting give me. But I guess sometimes not everything turns out the way we mean it to. Even then,whether the end product is good or not,we learn things with every new thing we experiment with! (This is coming from someone who has probably destroyed 437+ drawings in her short lifetime,though far from an artist,so she thinks she has a clue.)
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Ink-Z Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Artist
She so Beautiful. I love It, my Art teacher would piss her self
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blackoween Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
I love this one. I looked through these the other day but this one haunted me.
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Supersammich Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Hot damn! This is beautiful! You certainly are talented. Like, woah.
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Awesome-but I'm sure you've been told that several times before. :)
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JustinPNovak Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Awesome stuff. Love the halo.
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sasunaru4life Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
It's lovely but it's...lacking. That's not to say it isn't gorgeous but its missing a certain..peice that you always put into your work. Your paintings always express such emotion nd physicality, like you could feel, and had felt, the melancoly..sorrow and it came to life on the canvas. It always seems like the emotion just flows out of you and onto the canvas but this one feels..forced. Like you just wanted to get it over with. That doesnt come across in the quality ( the painting is stunning) but in the feeling. Arg I don't quite know how to say it ><

Well fantastic job and if this makes you feel good at all our art teacher showed us your works as an example of great unknown artists :)
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Rutger-van-Bruggen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
breathtaking stuff!
damn :D
Hope I'll be able to paint like that in the future.
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goddessOFtheSUN Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks like the darkness is swallowing her up. On a separate note, I love her halo.
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cyberbard Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While I find it beautiful - I find it lesser in quality than the others in your series. There is a certain kind of melancholy that is missing here and all in all, it feels quite cold.

I'm not going be shocked by the fact that you destroyed this painting - because each and every artist destroys his own works from time time. We always know why, even if we can't convey that message to others. If the artist himself knows, that should be more than enough.
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Right? Yeah, the painting was a necessary steppingstone to something, so it wasn't a waste of time. But it always felt separate from what I was doing. "Cold" is a good call.
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lethalpaine Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Professional Filmographer
This lighting in this one, in comparison to the others in the gallery, is a bit flatter. I like it, as it compliments the skin tone of the subject, but was it deliberate?
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
The lighting "in" the painting, or "on" the painting? Anything "in" the painting is deliberate, being that I don't paint blindfolded. Any lighting "on" the painting is an artifact from lights bouncing off the canvas.
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lethalpaine Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
"On", it's a bit harder to see it over a screen than in person, so I wouldn't know about that.

As for "in", the tone of this one sets itself apart from the others, and I wanted to know if there was a "why", or just because.
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VesperMariePapillon Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
I've ripped apart many paintings, yet still keep the pictures up even after the original is long gone. I can somewhat relate to that process of creating and going, '"Fuck this shit" *toss*'.

Despite the fact that you destroyed this painting, I find it quite fascinating, not really for the painting itself (which is still greater than other bullshit art I've seen), but by what techniques you used (even though I don't know what they are exactly).

I think as a painter, I deconstruct paintings more than appreciate the entire piece; I guess to study how something is formed since that's one of the few ways I've learned to paint. Being that this is a 2004 piece, it's obvious you'd only get better at painting, but even in this work, I'm dumbstruck by certain things, like the halo. It exceptional. I couldn't do it or if I did, I'd have to set aside a large amount of time to give it a clean finish. My hands are not as steady as I would hope for. Small details astonish me, such as that particular part of the work.

And even when/if the day comes when I can paint masterpieces and look at this and point out all the things that are wrong with this piece, it's still a good piece, even if only for that time period where you finished it and worked on and completed your next piece, which should only be better than the previous.

Still, kudos. /ramble
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forrestking Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome
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SaidieHawkins Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
This one made me go all
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I had to go back and look at it three times.
I like the touch of rosy peachness to the skin.
The curve of the cheek...
Very interesting piece
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Lydiaxstitch Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
....It's too bad it's destroyed.
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Lydiaxstitch Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
I enjoy this.
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DeadlyShuriken Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
You freaking rock. I love all your art! =]
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paulina1221 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
oooooooh :love:
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paulina1221 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
oooooooh :love:
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mira-mcgrath Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
just stunning
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lalajulep Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Your inspiration and point of view is amazing. It is truly unique and will personally dedicate a small altar to you tonight.
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paradoxalsin Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
I had to look twice, I thought this was photography.
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disengagedXdreams Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
this is stunning. the detail is freaking amazing. bravo sir.
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arttoheart Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
J'adore, le soutien gorge est apporte peut être une pointe sophistiquée qui dénote, mais bon, j'aime beaucoup.
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
Merci tellement! Vous êtes adorables.
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KiddoKaitie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
Wow, I mean, SHIT MAN! I only wish i could get this good, I doubt my highschool painting and drawing classes are ever going to help me get as talented as you.

Keep up the great work, I can't wait to see more of your beautiful art work.

-Caitlin
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living-dust Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
your art- my dear- is exceptional. you are one of the few who can still give this site a good name. you should highly consider putting these in as prints
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sharontaylor Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006
this is just awe inspiring picture. i just dont know how you do it *shivers* i fear oil paint. i have dabbled in acrylic and water color put i mostly stick with pencil and prisma color pencil and markers. but i have never been able to catch the picture i truely have in my mine. You may only think this a simple portrait of a woman, but i find that i am taken with the image. After all isnt that what an artist is suppose to do is catch the heart of the view and leave them wondering. keep up the amazing work
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006
No, I don't find it a "simple portrait"... But I do find it a failure. You should read some of my responses to other posters concerning this painting... Ya se... I destroyed it. But thanks for your interest.
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sharontaylor Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006
i know that you destroyed it as i have read some of the other comments. but seeing how it is still a beautiful work of art here and so i will still continue to enjoy it.
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2006
There ya go! That's the attitude I like to hear... And that's why I never took this version of the work down.
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sharontaylor Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2006
hey what can i say i enjoy any art anywhere. even if the orginal is no more. who cares as long as it can be seen. *coughs* of course there are many i have that wont get to see the light of day.
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ChibiLoveXX Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
She is beautiful, I like this one most so far :)
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
Revisited...
I still apoplectic with you for destroying this. It's a mortal sin to destroy
an object of beauty,
whether you created it in the first place or not.
This will probably have me grinding my teeth for the rest of my life,
speaking of things that haunt one.

Oh to fail like this!
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
At every stage of painting you destroy the image. This is to lead (with hope) to a greater image. To have someone tell me what I can or must do with my art is ludicrous. It's like saying "Stop there! You are done." I decide when I am done. Painting is all choices... I chose to finish this piece by making it small. Very very small. Failure is my call. And remember, there is still this image. It's as valid as any artistic image. So the painting lives after all.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
Keep coming back to this one. Next time you get that nihlistic urge, do me a favour and send the picture to me instead. I'll remunerate you for the canvas and the postage!
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
It's damage control, not nihilism...
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Porterish Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
wow. neveah seen anything like this. goregous! wish I had thought of it!
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
"Thought of it"? If you thought of it you would be like the umpteenth million person to "come up" with painting a woman's head. My work is about the subtleties of execution. My ideas are intentionally not a "concept". I mean come on, I paint the most common thing in painting. I am a portrait painter.
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Porterish Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
look its just a statement, get over it.
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
I will never get over it. Long it will dance in my head, never to leave. Like sprites dancing in the wood, my head spins with those words. As if a bell has been struck with a mallet of pure truth. The sound of those words will forever be my personal soundtrack.

In other words; I was never "on" it. I was just having some fun with you (you like fun I assume) with the fact that I have no good ideas and you probably thought of all of them when you were five. Sorry if I touched on something that you find aggravating. But such is the risk with any/all forms of message boards.
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Porterish Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
Sorry. I was in a bit of a mood when I wrote that comment. I like the way you write things, almost like poetry.

Its all good. =P
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Deirh Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006
Wow, brilliant!
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006
I wasn't kidding at all, the painting is no more. And if anybody is offended that I disliked this piece enough to cram it back into my head where it should have always been, they should ask themselves why they give a shit.

I do not take my "skills for granted", and I am not magically "endowed with skill" either. I am only a painter. A hard working and thoughtful maker of oily objects. Just a man that sits in front of a canvas and makes decisions. THAT IS PAINTING. That is the skill I have honed.

There are times that the decision I make is one that has the sparkly badge of "failure" pinned to it. Instead of considering my every thought one of perfect genius, I embrace my failure and act accordingly. In the case of this work, my action was to get rid of the stupid thing and call it just one more fragile rung on my ladder of progress. This is not my right as a painter, that is my obligation. I alone should control my output and make the "call". If I was to listen to anybody else on the matter of "what I find beautiful and true" I would still be trying to reproduce the snowman my Mom hung on the fridge when I was 8. She did say it was "beautiful", but I knew better. Or worse, I would have listened to my college professors tell me that "My work has no resonance". I knew that some incompetent dinosaur would be afraid of what I was trying to pursue, I knew the guy was completely wrong, and I acted accordingly... I ignored him.

How many times has one of your friends seen one of your unfinished works and said "I like it just like that"? Did you put down your brush and say "Then it is done! Now what do you think about my shirt?" I hope what you actually did was understand their flattery as well meaning, and continue on the course YOU thought correct for your work.

I did what was right and true for me and the piece you see up there. I have honed my ability to make decisions concerning my work and follow through with them regardless of what others may believe. This is how I progress, and this is why I will keep doing so.
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