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My oil paintings: art inspired by nature's majesty
Chiba3010
priest wrote:
Chiba: If you decide to go through with this, be sure to let us know the results. ThanksThumbs Up


Of course, you can count on it! Wink Could be a little while before I can find the opportunity, though... If/when I do, NGFL members will be be the first to know about it.Terry
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Chiba3010
Newest work, finished last Friday. A "Beat the Clock" effort for a client, completed in less than 2 hours. Had to hurry through the final touches using only the light of my Gameboy Advance SP since our electricity was knocked out by a winter storm, along with the heat in my studio which plummeted to 27F! Adversity yields rewards, at least in this particular case. Smile

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priest
Chiba: As always, NICE work. Keep it upThumbs Up
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Will
These painting really give me a sense of relaxation just looking at them. I can picture the tiniest ripples moving where there's water. Photographic and realistic artwork was always my favourite in the museums. Some of the pictures remind me of landscapes in Tolkien's fantasy books.

If you have enough pictures, you might want to display them in an online video with matching classical music.
 
Chiba3010
Thanks for your warm responses, priest & Will! Smile

Here are three more paintings from 2011-2012 that sum up impending local weather and places I'd love to escape to, offering stress-relief from the pressures of an exhausting career and lean finances determined more by our emaciated, present day economy than the effort and dedication we pour into our respective professions...

This reflects the conditions my county will endure in roughly 24 hours:

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Places and seasons I'd rather be to better enjoy the current "here and now":

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bojan4o
Are you people drawing all these masterpieces?
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priest
..."You people"...?!

0,36 and forward:

YouTube Video


Grin

Chiba: I really like that ocean painting with the waves rolling in, it reminds me of one of your earlier paintings Clap
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merlin
Great work Chiba. Clap Those paintings are beautiful. I particularly like the winter landscape.
 
RiKo
Chiba wrote :- Newest work, finished last Friday. A "Beat the Clock" effort for a client, completed in less than 2 hours. Had to hurry through the final touches using only the light of my Gameboy Advance SP since our electricity was knocked out by a winter storm, along with the heat in my studio which plummeted to 27F! Adversity yields rewards, at least in this particular case.


what the hell? how do you do that so fast! great use for your GBA too, lucky it wasn't the original model. All the paintings are superb but I especially like the last 2 you posted.. I've seen on a few similiar beach paths to that, so brings back sights and sounds and memories and the ocean one is awesome! keep up the good work Chiba Thumbs Up Do you consciously decide what you are going to paint next? or do you just get an urge to paint a particular scene?
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Chiba3010
Thanks very much for the interest, folks! Smile

@Bojan: The ones in this thread are my individual works, thanks very much for your compliment!

@ Priest: Haha, great clip from a great film (also featuring Tom Cruise's best performance in a very long time)! Yeah, the sunset seascape is kinda similar to the newer, daytime one. I like this older one better, though. The colors really glow and I've yet to do a better rendition of clouds illuminated by the setting sun.

@Merlin: Thanks, I think the winter one has a kind of Normand Rockwell like feel to it. I might actually use small prints to make Christmas cards for family this holiday season.

@RiKo: I can never say for sure just how long a painting will take to finish. Seems the more I plan, step-by-step, in detail beforehand the quicker it goes. I often deviate and change course at some point, though. After that its anyone's guess how many more hours it'll take to complete! Wink

Inspirationally speaking, some painting concepts are planned way in advance and others just hit me unexpectedly. One thing's certain- when the urge and inspiration to create is there I seize it as quickly as I can since I have to be in the right frame of mind and can't force myself into it at any given time. If I'm not gonna have fun doing it, it's not gonna happen!

The beach boardwalk painting is based on an actual spot along the New Jersey coast. My grandfather built a house nearby which my mother, aunts and uncles grew up in. Decades later it became a summer retreat that I used to visit every year until he had to sell it shortly before his passing. When the weather was good and the tide low, I'd ascend the sand dune path with my body board in suspense, hoping to see big waves to ride when I reached the top and got a look at the surf below. Music

Sadly this was one of the Jersey Shore areas hit hardest by hurricane Sandy and the post-storm satellite photos show very little of it remains in recognizable condition. My grandpa's old house is still on its foundations but beyond the exterior it's probably gutted thoroughly by floodwater. I'll always remember the little seaside town the way I painted it, though. I have faith it'll look that way again one day- it's a community of good, strong and determined people and those who still can will work together to restore their lives and livelihoods. I ache for them, but believe in their resolve. I plan on creating more paintings of the area as it once was sometime in the future!
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Chiba3010
My latest work in a "before & after" pair of pics. First, the monochrome acrylic background layer before being brought to life with transparent and solid oil color:

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Second, we have the finished painting, vividly transformed with oil color:

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The first pic accounts for about 30 minutes of work. The time expended from that point to the finished painting in the second pic was roughly 2.5 hours. Came out nicely, but a rushed creation nonetheless which I'd have taken more time on if I could've afforded to. I'll soon attempt to raise the bar and take my work to successive higher levels of detail and complex design- I hope the time needed to do so will arrive in the not too distant future!
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priest
Chiba: Im lost for words, Im that impressed with your work. I cant understand how you finish the second stage of painting within 2,5 hours, theres lots of details to that painting...!

Well done, as usual Thumbs Up
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RiKo
yes awesome Chiba Joe, you should see my (unfinished entry) for the NG4L art contest. Even with a few more days work it would look terrible.

Intersting to see the 'before' photo and how you build up the artwork
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priest
RiKo: No false modesty, please!!!! That work of yours is surely nothing short of a masterpieceGrinWink
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merlin
That's a lovely painting Chiba. Thumbs Up Impressive that you're able to create something like this in such a short time.

RiKo I'm sure your art contest entry would still have looked a lot better than that WH2 MS paint picture I posted a while back. Grin
 
Murikov
Hey Chiba, keep up your awesome work! Unlike unproductive mental work these paintings keep for years and can still be admired. Hats off!

Also enjoyed your Kaiju model works, I especially that 1964 Godzilla!
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RiKo
Priestwrote :- RiKo: No false modesty, please!!!! That work of yours is surely nothing short of a masterpiece Grin Wink


haha well in my head before I started it was a masterpiece! after that it slowly started to turn into the work of a 10 year old child.

Merlin wrote :- RiKo I'm sure your art contest entry would still have looked a lot better than that WH2 MS paint picture I posted a while back. Grin


lol well that pic is genius. I think we were all very relieved when you didn't re-enter it *phew*
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malignantpoodle
These are just simply amazing.

Aside from the skill you have to put brush to canvas, the way you visualize the picture and interpret the colors/light/ambiance is amazing.

I have a range of emotions looking at these that go from, "ah, peaceful nature" to "Steve Jackson" fantasy, to, "Tolkien". I can only imagine that like so many things in life, seeing them face to face rather than in a posted picture has an even bigger impact.

Consider me a fan!
 
Chiba3010
(Much belated) Thanks, everyone! Grin

Concerning time to completion, it is usually fastest when I have the entire project thoroughly planned out, step-for-step, when I begin (which was the case with this most recent one). The rest depends on the canvas size, scale, layering process and level of detail I'm attempting to achieve. Also, some paintings can be done in stages over more than one sitting, permitting some drying in between them. Others require completion within a single session, typically when broad-scale blending of color is necessary- this wouldn't be possible after the paint begins to dry, so it's all or nothing.
More often than not though, I'll deviate from the original design when new ideas occur to me and when that happens it's anyone's guess when the painting will be finished!

My next work is in the concept-sketch phase (still a ways off) and is an unusual request I agreed to undertake incorporating a transformation of a woman into a tree (!). Never painted a human using oil on canvas before, so it should prove interesting. When it progresses, I'll post pics here unless there are any objections to some partial nudity of the female form! Anyone have an argument against seeing bare breasts in one of my paintings?...Anyone? (I'm guessing that'll be a "no" Wink )


@RiKo: Never give up, dude! We each share in our own learning process and persistence pays off with time and practice. My first attempt at oil painting involved a "mountain" that looked more like a burnt hunk of moldy cheesecake floating in a "lake" of blue Gatorade lapping at "tree-lined shores" that more resembled smears of brown dog crap topped with piles of green dog crap. Humble beginnings, indeed. LOL
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Chiba3010
Hey everyone, I wanted to announce I've started a new FaceBook page around my paintings called "Second Nature Artwork - Craig Strother". It's already up and running, though still being expanded upon with more of my works being posted each day! Please check it out and "like" it if you're interested (I know Merlin and several others here have already discovered it- thanks, guys!). Smile


https://www.faceb...igStrother


Should have an up-to-date gallery fairly soon, then new stuff will be added in the future as its created! Thanks to all for the consideration and support. Thumbs Up

Oh, and no worries- I'll certainly keep posting my work here as well.Wink
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