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Resurrection Series:  Lazarus by UrsaMinor45 Resurrection Series:  Lazarus by UrsaMinor45
Oil on recycled canvass, 16" x 20"

Did I ever have fun with this. Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:

- One old canvass: the first colour portrait I ever did in a portrait painting class I took 3 years ago, in order to get over my fear of colour. It was horrible, but it was a start.
- some leftover paint sitting on my palette for over a week. Blobs of colour wrecklessly squeezed in excess out of the tube, not yet hardened (well, almost not)
- gfriedberg's image at [link]
- 2 bottles of Polish beer
- 1.5 hours of free time before bed

Instructions:

Eat well. Drink beer. Let the inspiration that's been at the back of your head for weeks free, and paint wantonly over that horrible early portrait that you just can't bear to throw out because it's a stretched canvass that you paid for.

Stop when you're finished, 1.5 hours later. No preliminary sketches, no underpainting, no special glazes. Do not overthink or overpaint. Just do it. Then stop.

Et voila!
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:iconchazzier:
Chazzier Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I like it very much.
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconrubenom:
rubenom Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great wokr!
gfriedberg work is very inspirational to me too :wave:
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! And yes, Gregg certainly is a great model and inspiration.
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:icondavidvaughn444:
davidvaughn444 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your words of wisdom - made me smile :)
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
David, it has taken me so long to respond. Thanks for your comment and your smile.
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:iconwhiteling:
Whiteling Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
I guess I have to try out the beer-aided painting method as well, it results in beautiful work! ;) :ahoy:
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, and sorry for not responding sooner. I hope you have had success in trying out the method - lol!
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:iconrobart88:
Robart88 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
the blue tones are manificent and the form strong and vibrant
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It has taken me so long to respond to your comment.... Thank you - I appreciate your thoughts!
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:iconreedvoskuil:
ReedVoskuil Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
Lazarus is magnificent!
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dear Reed, it has taken me so long to thank you for your kind comment. I hope you are well!
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:icontawwies:
Tawwies Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely wonderful <3
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much - nice to hear from you again!
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:iconjuliayangjunliu:
juliayangjunliu Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student General Artist
wow!
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconjocelyner:
JocelyneR Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Awesome work! :heart:
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Jocelyne!
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:iconminzile:
Minzile Featured By Owner May 2, 2012   General Artist
what about "a blue stranger" :D
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah but this image feels like no stranger to me - lol!

He'll grow into a name soon enough....
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:iconminzile:
Minzile Featured By Owner May 5, 2012   General Artist
well you might name him "blue friend" instead ^^
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I finally discovered his title....
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:iconminzile:
Minzile Featured By Owner May 6, 2012   General Artist
ooh :D thats great
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*takes a bow* - thanks!
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:icondigitalmanip:
digitalmanip Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Olga--

Wow - you really "hit a home run" when you created this absolutely amazing painting based on one of Gregg's oustanding photos. It is a masterpiece to be sure and one of your best. A "keeper" and a "fave"! And you might be interested in some of *my* digital manips on his photos here: [link]

--Craig
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for the accolades Craig, you've helped start my day on a very positive note. Yes, I've noticed your digital manips of Gregg's images before (most noteworthy, in his gallery of favs), and I find them well-composed and lovely. It's nice to share an appreciate for such inspiring subject-matter
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:iconbripin:
BRipin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Strong, powerful, vibrant, gorgeous, ... Bravo!
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, thank you, thank you, and thank you!
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:iconbripin:
BRipin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I hope for your sake that you get into this creative mood often, and as a viewer, I hope you do too.
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me too, Barry, as it's incredibly exciting. Actually, I think I feel another one coming on....
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:iconandrew310:
Andrew310 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Thanks for the recipe. If you did a larger canvas, would you scale up the quantity of leftover paint and Polish beer in proportion? ;-)
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I definitely think that kegs can be substituted for bottles, and then after that, whatever's lacking in leftover paint can be supplemented with a good helping of bodypaint.

And thanks for the fav, mate!
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:iconmorrisart38:
Morrisart38 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I live this piece, very interesting strong. I have such a problem with painting others.
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your thoughts and comment
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:icongfriedberg:
gfriedberg Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I must confess, I LOVE this -- and your description of the `process of creation` couldn`t be more gratifying -- and charming. So pleased you had fun doing it!

And more pleased than I can tell you to have been your `raw material` -- truly hope to be again!
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yours was an essential ingredient, and I love to cook from scratch!

Thanks so much for the comment. I'm very happy you're pleased with the results
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:iconkrackl3:
krackl3 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really like the concept :la:
Nice work :)
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconartimisso:
artimisso Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this blue spirit.
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Eddy! Thanks for the comment, and for the fav. Cheers!
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artimisso Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to comment about 'yet untitled': new title 'My body' - I mean, the mine :D I will change the journal soon, if you like trains and rails then jump in for two minutes and look the feature...If you do not like then I :shh: :D
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:iconkarrholm:
karrholm Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
great work! your recipe seems like a good strategy for creativity
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:iconkarrholm:
karrholm Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
great work! your recipe seems like a good strategy for creativity
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol - thanks! It worked this time. I've still got a bunch of old canvasses with rather horrid attempts at painting on them lying around in my studio, so we may try this recipe again
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:iconagilentt:
Agilentt Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hard to believe its yr First portrait ... great job !
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The first portrait is actually beneath this painting... but thank you!
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:iconchipkwan:
ChipKwan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmarco-1986:
marco-1986 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
so great work!
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, Marco!
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