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Saturday, February 18, 2006

This was the first painting I attempted after not working in the medium for about 4 years - and it shows.

I started with Ewan's face but was really up-tight and the paint ended up thick and uninteresting, as I worked down, it got better until I was working in the style I prefer - by the time I reached the lightsaber.

I decided to try a piece that might look like something that could hang in the Jedi temple, but being seriously stupid when it comes to the SW universe, I just hammered away hoping to get something that might be a mix of fantasy art and eastern design


Blogger Amy Pronovost said...

That's beautiful.

Painting is something I CAn do but I lack the patience for, so I have so much respect for those who have both the skill and the patienceto paint :)

Blogger Cat Staggs said...

must have.....can't live without...need to...get...hands...on...AAHHAHAHHAH

I really like this one...I am having the same problem with a painting I am working on...Colors and avoiding muddyness...Rust...Rust...Rust...What is the prefered medium you used on the bottm half?

Blogger Grant Gould said...

yeah, that's one of my favorites, man.. if you sell large prints of that, tell me, cuz i'll buy one.

Blogger Mark Raats said...

Thanks guys!! Mr Staggs, I used the same medium for the bottom of the painting as I did for the rest (acrylic paint and pencil) I just held back a bit with the overworking of the medium. I tend to prefer to keep the application of the paint to a wash and thin layering in most places - enhanced with colored pencil. Less is more. If I need to enhance a section, then I will use more paint, but in a looser style that tends to not end up in the heavy handed
approach I ended up with this one. Amy, Grant, thanks for the vote. Actually I don't really have any of my pieces as prints (other than those I run off on my big HP at home). If you want a big digital copy, I will forward you a jpg. I guess because this art stuff is more of a hobby for me, I have not been as diligent in getting copies arranged, but who knows, perhaps I will change that at some stage. This piece is going to Steve Sansweet next month - we agreed that the association with Rancho Obi-Wan was too good to miss.

Blogger Grant Gould said...

Sure -- I'd love a hi-res to print up :D you can email me at

Blogger Eyrezer said...

Cool idea for art. I like the tapestry look.


Anonymous The Dark Moose said...

Actually, although the picture is small and I can't make out the detail, from a distance it looks like Obi-Wan slightly aged, say 8 to 10 years into his exile on Tatooine. I saw this and was immediately intrigued by the idea that I've never seen a picture of Obi-Wan in these "lost years".

I think it's a cool and introspective look at the other side of Obi-Wan.

DM out
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