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Sat May 16, 2020, 10:43 PM

After President Obama's speech to the entire 2020 High School

graduating classes of the United States on this historic day I am posting this painting I did of him. To honor him.

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Reply After President Obama's speech to the entire 2020 High School (Original post)
lunatica May 2020 OP
AJT May 2020 #1
UTUSN May 2020 #2
lunatica May 2020 #3
UTUSN May 2020 #4
lunatica May 2020 #5
MontanaMama May 2020 #6
lunatica May 2020 #8
summer_in_TX May 2020 #7
lunatica May 2020 #10
Blue_playwright May 2020 #16
Trueblue Texan May 2020 #9
spudspud May 2020 #11
lunatica May 2020 #19
Duppers May 2020 #12
ailsagirl May 2020 #13
Eyeball_Kid May 2020 #14
lunatica May 2020 #17
MLAA May 2020 #15
lunatica May 2020 #18
MLAA May 2020 #23
lunatica May 2020 #25
MLAA May 2020 #26
lunatica May 2020 #27
UTUSN Jun 2020 #28
lunatica Jun 2020 #29
cate94 May 2020 #20
lunatica May 2020 #22
malaise May 2020 #21
LiberalLoner May 2020 #24

Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sat May 16, 2020, 10:46 PM

1. Wonderful

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sat May 16, 2020, 10:51 PM

2. Send it to the OBAMAs!

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #2)

Sat May 16, 2020, 10:55 PM

3. I think someone would toss it on some pile of gifts

he and Michelle get every day. They must get thousands of things like this.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #3)

Sat May 16, 2020, 10:56 PM

4. NOT "like this"!

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #4)

Sat May 16, 2020, 10:59 PM

5. Yeah, but you're biased

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sat May 16, 2020, 10:59 PM

6. This is gorgeous lunatica.

I donít know how youíd send it to PBO...but damn. You should.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #6)

Sat May 16, 2020, 11:24 PM

8. I imagine he and Michelle get thousands of letter

and gifts every single day. That would be all part of how beloved they are. And because they probably get hate mail and all kinds of awful things too, their mail is most likely one of the jobs of the secret service detail, or their assistants. My work would end up on the large pile marked ďartworkĒ.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sat May 16, 2020, 11:24 PM

7. Really beautiful!

The love with which it was done shines through, as does the love and joy of President Obama. He shines!

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Response to summer_in_TX (Reply #7)

Sat May 16, 2020, 11:52 PM

10. I wanted to depict him laughing because I

love his laugh.

Weíve all noticed that Trump never laughs. He canít. There is no lightness in him.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #10)

Sun May 17, 2020, 12:40 AM

16. The only time I can remember

...seeing Trump laughing is that tape of him with Epstein.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sat May 16, 2020, 11:49 PM

9. Truly awesome! Nt

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 12:01 AM

11. You're very talented! /nt

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Response to spudspud (Reply #11)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:01 AM

19. Thanks!

Iím happy you like it.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 12:11 AM

12. This is exceptional!

You've captured his essences, as they say.

And this is also my favorite way of thinking of him.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 12:18 AM

13. Just beautiful

It captures his humanity and joie de vivre to a T. Thank you

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 12:21 AM

14. Looks like digital art, yeah? n/t

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Response to Eyeball_Kid (Reply #14)

Sun May 17, 2020, 12:48 AM

17. It's pop art in the style of Che Quevara's black and red portrait

I made large solid areas of black and white without entering a whole lot of detail. I used a photograph of him that I liked because he was laughing. In the end I did put in the fine detail of his crows feet and the vein that can be seen on the side of his forehead. Itís not something that people would notice when looking at him, but itís actually a unique feature of his face. I think itís actually why people recognize that itís him. That and the shape of his teeth.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 12:21 AM

15. This is so marvelous!

I love the joy in his eyes. I canít believe you captured his charisma in black and white. Simple, but so expressive. Have you done other pop art kind of portraits? This really is special.

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Response to MLAA (Reply #15)

Sun May 17, 2020, 12:57 AM

18. I have done others

I was commissioned to do portraits with only two colors in the style of the iconic Red and black painting of Che Quevara. My client was from South America and she wanted a portrait of Che only she wanted it to show him laughing. She said he was a person who laughed too. The painting was quite large. It was 4 ft x 4 ft. and his face filled the canvas. She wanted one of Jackie Kennedy done the same way. I did hers on a 3 ft x 3 ft canvas.

The paintings worked so I did a few more. It was a challenge and I liked the results. I love challenges.

I will probably post them sometime.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #18)

Sun May 17, 2020, 03:53 PM

23. I would so love to see both of them.

Please start with Jackie! I really look forward to seeing them.

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Response to MLAA (Reply #23)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:16 PM

25. Here's the one of Jackie

I always look for pictures that are different and that appeal to me. Pictures people may not be aware that theyíre being taken. This one is 3 ft x 3 ft.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #25)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:25 PM

26. Omg.

Exquisite. Her eyes. Her chin. They define her. You nailed not only her beauty but her poise. The minimal use of grey on the upper left and around her chignon is powerful.

What medium do you use, if you donít mind my asking and how long did it take? I expect whoever commissioned it was thrilled. Itís like you somehow, in what appears to be minimal effort, capture not only their appearance but their personality.

Exquisite, dear lunatics, exquisite. She holds her own beside the marvelous President Obama portrait.

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Response to MLAA (Reply #26)

Mon May 18, 2020, 12:23 AM

27. Thank you!

I used acrylic paint. The reason I like acrylics is because you can use them like oil paints and also like watercolor washes. In order for it to be completely smooth, with no paint brush lines I painted it in many layers. It was a relatively slow process because I had to make sure each layer was quite dry before I added another layer and I had to make it a really solid black and white. At the same time I had to apply the paint carefully to make the edges where black and white meet as sharp and clean as possible. I couldnít make any mistakes because the painting would be ruined. I was very satisfied with it and my customer was over the Moon with it.

I had never painted anything like that before so I surprised myself. After they came out so well I painted the one of Obama. Itís a lot of meticulous work with all those edges and it takes patience, which goes pretty contrary to how I usually paint. It can get tedious because you canít just get lost in ďthe zoneĒ.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #25)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 09:31 PM

28. O.K., just saw this again, fell in love again

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #28)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 09:41 PM

29. That's a great compliment!

Thanks!

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:20 AM

20. This is stunning.

I think heíd love it. When he was President, he had a staffer specifically looking through e-mail to point out important messages. It wouldnít surprise me if he still does. At any rate, itís beautiful and I think you should give him the opportunity to enjoy it.

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Response to cate94 (Reply #20)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:35 PM

22. Thank you for such a warm reply

Iíll think about it. For real.

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:31 AM

21. Lovely

Rec

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Response to lunatica (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 08:58 PM

24. This is perfect! You are so talented!!!

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