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Saint No.37 'head study' by Doc-Hammer Saint No.37 'head study' by Doc-Hammer
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Seen one, ya seen them all. Not to me.

It's a series. Each painting expands on a very quiet theme. It is in this broad-based repetition that each painting's unique characteristics become huge gestures of a "moment". Ya see, they are all going to hang together in one room. Like a melancholic choir of tiny moments forever lost. Without having a rap like "This one is a tree, and this one is huge and mostly purple, etc." The viewer is forced to deal with each face, each moment... Ya know?

Anyway... I see all of these paintings as unique, little eternities of the human condition, and the feminine allure. And, yes, they have bras on. I am only slightly less confused by that as you should be.

MODEL: Carmen (again)... I'm running out of sitters!
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BOSIDEN Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
i have checked each of the paintings in your gallery just to see why the hell this single painting resonated strongly with me even in thumbnail view, instantly i knew i' ed like it, something about how you depicting the look in her eyes that tell whole stories, thank you for your art.
Amacey Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks almost exactly like me :D
Wesing4hymn Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
From one former "Colonel" to another, glad to see some real talent come from Ledyard.  When I first saw your paintings my heart broke.  The emotions, especially in this and Saint No. 44 caused me to reflect, look inward, name the place and time I owned those feelings.  I have no artistic talent, so am unable to understand how exactly one would not only paint, or even know what to capture-but I can appreciate something beautiful.  I look forward to being transported back in time by seeing more of your paintings.  They are painfully beautiful.
SamanthaJordaan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
They all look so sad.
daxusflashlight Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
you are a very talented soul.
FreedomOvMAN Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional Artist
I don't need to say anything, else, you're Doc Hammer.
Saniah Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist
This is so utterly wonderful. Your ability to capture emotion is breath-taking.
Love-and-mascara Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Being one of the cult of VB, I was surprised to stumble on you here. Wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I'll say that it certainly wasn't classical painting. I'll keep the gushing brief: I think you have a fantastic command of perspective and contrast which is complimented by the feathery paint application and the smaller, more intimate sizes of the bust portraits. Love it. Bravo, sir.
Miamia44 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
i love her facial expression. Someone may have said that already but im not going to check to see. this is MY opinion
gown-and-sword Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Student
By Odin’s balls, I didn’t know you had a DA page. Talented fellow! I love Venture Bros! Anyway, about the painting (couldn’t think of a better segue at the moment, sorry)...

All of your works are lovely, but so far, this one is my favorite. I just can’t stop looking at it, and it’s so thought provoking. I guess I love drawing facial expressions too, so this one appealed to me. I want to sit her down, maybe give her a cup of hot cocoa, and ask her what’s on her mind. It’s as if she’s about to say... something... and I might not like it, but I want to listen anyway. Or maybe she won’t say a thing. Beautiful model and beautiful painting!
sinnaminsun Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
You've conveyed the emotion so well, and the light and shadows really play-up the overall mood in this. :clap:
PirateBabe Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
the expression in her face is so captivating.. love your paintings:)
SillySoviet Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
Thats a study??? O.O
Its so good though!
These paintings are amazing, you can see the intensity in each one of them and all the emotions as well.
Truly amazing.
tronie-23-ggy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007
Extremely beautiful the glaze is romantic yet aggressive at the same time this is really a great piece of art
chubbycat Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
wow! you are quite an amazing artist! all of your paintings are gorgeously done!

Ps. The Venture Brothers is an awesome cartoon :D Thanks for bringing it to life
nas1234 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
i appreciate art work like this.
The-3DArtist Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
This is cool, though I like the pic of her in #30 more. Something about her expression in that one...something pensive and concerned. As if she'd look up any minute and then quickly dart her eyes away. Sorry, didn't mean to babble about a completely different painting. This one's good!
minakim Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006
this is just a study? incredible.
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006
Yeah, a "get-to-know-you" for a slightly larger painting. I did work it up to completion, so it's not like it's a sketch.
mayney Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005
This is fantastic, I want to comment on all of your pieces, and will...just not tonight. I am curious though, what is your process?
mayney Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005
This is fantastic, I want to comment on all of your pieces, and will...just not tonight. I am curious though, what is your process?
mihamiha Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Student
All your paintings are beyond beautiful, they have such strong intensity in them,
and a great light-shadow-contrast.
They are also beyond realism, too pretty to be true.
Hope you keep them coming :)
dizzyjess Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2005
Beautiful. She looks troubled, like she's heard something shocking and she doesn't quite know how to deal with it. She wants to talk, she's drawn in breath but she won't speak.
luimari Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
this whole series is just so \"WOW\". i\'d run anywhere to see them all hanging in the room you mentioned!
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
The Arcadia Gallery in NYC, SOHO... This will be in October. So, you better start running now. That is a long jog from Florida.
GhostInTheMachine Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2005
unbelievably expressive peice of art! :+favlove:
mikemartin Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, when are you gonna paint Patrick Warburton in a bra again? Because that is seriously going to rule.
When I finally come up to NY, i'm bringing a video camera and an afro wig for you, and you and i should seriously consider setting up a Bob Ross-styled syndicated painting show. You could even record your own theme song, and I will just stand behind the tripod and mash the record button when you've adjusted your 'do, and occasionally hold up cue cards with the words "Happy Little..." so you can reference it in your frustrated psychotic ramblings about bitches not holding still long enough.

whatta ya think?
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005
What do you mean "again"? If Patrick lets me do it once, there will be no need for a second time. For the image of that goliath in a bra will be indelibly burned into my mind's eye.
mikemartin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist

and you just know it would be phenomonal.

random noise ensues: have you ever actually done a portrait of a man/boy before? your paints of female models are obviously striking, but what of male models? i'd assumed it was purely an aesthetic sort of preference for females, but you know how it is.. why assume when i can simply ask?
MentalFloss Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2005
Very powerful, yet somehow subdued at the same time. It's almost as though you've managed to trap the essence of an undefineable emotion. Quite stunning work. :)
mattnagy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Let me first say, this is amazing work. I love her expression, very emotional. Excellent work. :)
TrueKate Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005
Saint anguish...or maybe desparation. Another beautiful work. It is wonderful to see traditional portraits with sucha timeless feel to them. I am getting tired of modern & po-mo art (and writing!) that is joyless crap that gets praised for being "edgy" and "different." Yours is different because it is high quality work. :clap:
MyKie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is so beautiful! I love the flesh tones and the intense look.
solarisdezine Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2005
amazing dude, great subject too!!!
littlegingerkitten Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
once again you have out done your self, your work is amazing, shes stunning, hurt and confused, the look you get just before revenge pops into her head... Now that would be a nice moment to capture. *sigh... wish i was in your realm of the world i would gladly sit for you!
Luff ginger xx
SpookyChan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005  Professional General Artist
I agree with you Doc about the suttle nature of small gestures and expressions. The body language you give your saints always give them a "moving in time" look. As if they were floating towards the viewer, and almost falling. And with their expressions you have given them something to say emotionally, and as you said oposed to being in your face with directly telling your audiene "this is a big fucking tree and that purple there.. yay thats a "magical" color.. "

Alot of of people could learn from the suttle nature that you, and the other classical artist have shown. Instead of this overt crap where kids put blood on everything and call it emotion without a pose/expression that reads along the same lines as their "blood."

Anyways as always a pleasure to see your beautiful works.
ElegantDarkness Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
I'd be a sitter for you. If I lived near you. And I'm probably too young anywho.
cecilliahidayat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
:omg: you truly captured the emotion...beatiful!
KantQontrolMyself Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
Holeh shin-diggity shig! THAT'S a flippin' amazing piece of artwork dude :omg: . I really love all the realism implemented into this, and how the amazing use of lighting and color made this picture come to life. Brilliant work man :clap:.
bydesign Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
Its funny that I found out that you work with one of my friends that lives in NY, next time you see her say hi to kate!!
lostmessage Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
i am in aw of your ability to paint such detail. I struggle so much with that in my paintings. What is your technique for getting the hair so fine and whispy?
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
Oh... and the "wispy" effect is how the hair blends with the background and flesh. The technique is called sfumato. It can be attained by having wet paint kiss wet paint, and the two blend subtly along the edge (as in Rubens etc.). Or by inaccurately glazing and re-glazing over an underpainting (as in Titian etc.).
lostmessage Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
oh thankyou for all the tips... so amazing and kind!
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
I just can't leave this question alone...

This just occurred to me... Try this:

Download the picture of my painting and open it in Photoshop. From your to menu chose Adjustments > Levels.
Under the histogram type thing are three triangles. Move the middle (gray) one to the left, by doing this you will increase the shown midtones. And you will really see how modeled the hair has to be to give the perceived effect of no modeling.
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
Just paint it as you see it. I usually just squint at the sitter and indicate the highlights that I see with lead white or ochre. The strokes should follow the direction of the hair. I do this quite rapidly. Later I will knock it back with a dark transparent that relates to her hair color. But the main thing is not to over paint it... Just indicate the volume.
lostmessage Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
hmm that sounds good... my issue is that I have a painting due pretty soon and i fear doing too much glaze work. Having due dates on oil paintings is quite unfair espcially if i used a slow drying medium. OYE this is tough work that frustrates me because I am not used to taking my time.
zen0 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
The light. The expression.
I love seeing that work like this is being done - even if it isn't by me :D
zoemoss Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005  Professional Filmographer
There is nothing like seeing a break from the norm and seeing a concerned painted woman. And I mean that.

I really, really love this.
hernameisrio Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This man cannot be stopped. Not even with a plane. Not even with a train. Green eggs and ham? Perhaps. But that is not for us to speak of.

Brilliant as per usual, Doc. I have no edu-mah-cated critique to offer. Carmen's expression tells me she's swallowed a spider. Or that she's discovered she's been sleeping with a mysterious man who has turned out to be her long lost half-brother.
Sh4down Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
owwoo very well done
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