Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Survivor




Oil on 5x7 gessoed hardwood.
This is a San Salvador rock iguana. I see something strangely noble in their appearance...similar to an eagle. They have survived so many countless years only to have their existence threatened...by you know who.
The image for this painting was graciously supplied by Lisilk for the WDE at Wet Canvas...Thank you, Li!

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2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
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I was chosen again to receive the Passion For Painting Award by Tom Pohlman.
Please do yourself a favor and check out his fine art which is full of great color and style!
I won't be relisting the award so soon after having just posted it on the 24th. But thank you, Tom, for the distinct honor!

46 comments:

  1. This is fabulous! as is the DSFDF. And just what you need...another award: from me.
    I hear your inspirational quote today. Thanks, Dean

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  2. You knocked this one right out of the park. The color... the light... OMG, I love it! You've taken a subject I ordinarily wouldn't like, and made it beautiful and noble. The richness of color and texture on the underside of the chin alone is so very pleasing.

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  3. Wow, Dean, BEAUTIFUL job. He does look very noble. Wonderful color combination. Very well done, sir.

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  4. Love it! The background colors are very volcanic. Great expression on Sir SS Iguana.

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  5. I love the expression in his eyes, Dean, and, it's such a shame that "we" have to be the cause of so many animals going extinct!

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  6. Colours are fantastic Dean, bavo!

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  7. I love this! Great background colors! They really make the subject pop!

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  8. This is great, Dean. I like the 'dawn of creation' feel of the background, and you've definitely invested him with power and majesty. Which is what I love about your portrayal of all God's creatures. : - )

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  9. Wonderful work!!!! Glad I found you and I LOVE how you dislay the work.

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  10. I'm lovin' this! A wonderful piece of art that shines in the sea of puppies and kitties!

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  11. Taking a break from painting.{day of rest isn't it?]Looking over some of my artist friends blogs and yours was amongst one of them. Just had to comment. Though completely diggerent than my work I really like your painterly style and though I have not taken the time to really go through it in detail, I like what I am reading. Your recent award is truely deserved. God bless and Keep up the good work

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  12. Beautiful and dignified beast. Your background is so perfect also. Very nice piece Dean

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  14. Truly a pleasure to be on your blog..Wonderful art...:)Keep in touch

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  15. Thanks Cathyann for the award...I'm honored. It may be awhile before I can post it and pass it on...Awful close to my last award selections.

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  16. Wow...thanks, Lesley! Your words have me on a cloud. :)

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  17. Thank you, Edward....I'm happy that the nobility shows.

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  18. Hey Dean, so great to meet YOU and find YOUR blog! Your work has a wonderful boldness to it and I love this critter in today's post!

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  19. Dean... What can I say...This is incredible...what a fun painting...

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  20. Thanks, r garriott...volcanic was what I was going for without fully realizing it at the time.

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  21. Thanks, Nancy. We are irrevocably crowding out much of creation's crowd.

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  22. Thank you, Sam...and congrats on your award!

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  23. Thank you, Darlene...I appreciate your supportive words.

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  24. Thank you, Liz. I couldn't quite come up with the words 'dawn of creation' but that's exactly what I wanted to come across...glad it did.
    All God's critters have that 'spark of beauty within' that I attempt to reveal...same as human portraits.

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  25. Hi, Sheila W. Thanks for stopping in. Love your blog and all the wonderful work you're doing for the pooches.

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  26. Thank you, Sheila...love your wonderful way with words!

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  27. Dean, I always love your paintings of animals. I think it is your specialty but then you paint all subjects great.

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  28. Hello, Gary. Thanks for stopping in and the supportive words.
    I visited your blog and had a good time. Great art...It was like a trip out west and I didn't even have to leave the comfort of my chair!

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  29. Thank you, Dominique, my friend.

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  30. Thank you, Sann Art. I love Yahoo Translator!

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  31. Thank you, Barbara, my friend. Glad you stopped in. :)

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  32. Thank you Dean!
    The link with your blog is on my blog.
    You are right, with your free spirited brush strokes, and regal colors, an iguana is a noble creature.

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  33. Hello, Miro! Thanks so much for stopping in and the kind words of praise for the iguana painting!
    I have linked to you on my blog...thanks.

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  34. Very cool colour use, and what is even cooler is your subject matter. This is really unique and stands out Dean. Well done.

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  35. Dean - love your iguana! I have a friend who has one in a big glass cage in her family room. His name is Fluffy. I'll have to direct her to your blog!

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  36. What a character! Beautiful job with this, I like the brushwork in the upper right corner that points me to his face and I like that you lost the edges on his body as it goes off the canvas, both help put the focus on the focal point which is his face. Stunning!

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  37. This is a really fun piece. I like the way you blow-up a small portion to show the brushwork. I plan on visiting your blog often.

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  38. Thank you, Jennifer. I thoroughly enjoyed the work on your blog!

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  39. Hey, Deb! "Fluffy"!...What a great name for an iguana! :)

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  40. Thanks for stopping in, Megha!

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  41. Hi, Kim! I really appreciate and value the careful look and comments! Very much appreciated!

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  42. Thank you, Laurel! That means a lot!

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  43. Hi, Olga and Liz...Thank you very much!

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  44. Hey Dean, just add my award I'm giving you for great attitude and gratitude on Dancing Strokes. You deserve them all

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  45. I've been glancing, intrigued, at the thumbnail of this wonderful painting for days now - and never had enough time to get over here and say so!

    You deserve all the awards, Dean. Thanks for setting such a good example - as both a painter - and a human being.

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