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Bubblegum by davidmacdowell Bubblegum by davidmacdowell
Started out with a boy praying and wanted the circle of the ferris wheel to be the round icon you see in religious paintings. The ice cream cone took over spreading that pinkish purple- making the painting wreak of candy. The original is 24x36 acrylic on canvas.
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padfoot-never-died Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! The emotion is wonderful ;)
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S0D0MIA Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
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i love your art men, but what is his name of this art???
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TBHonest Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Brilliant colors! All the emotions just springs out!
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stoic1985 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008   Traditional Artist
You can really feel the boy's want and fervor in those shut eyes. This is a very intense and yet light-hearted piece.

Amazing.
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah-Thats what I was going for..Thanks so much for the kindness!!:):):)
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Ochichi Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Nice. Yes, good things come to those who pray hard enough! :)
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Too true!:)
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ZigiCreator Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! i just love it!
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome!!
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NeverWould Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
the round icon is called a Mandorla :D things you learn in art history when your not passed out like I normally am haha
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Took it 3 times and failed miserably every time:)
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Shuklia Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have some great concepts here. Awesome work.
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jevinart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
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zergspice Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
Nice. Love your pallete on this one. It sounds like you didn't plan to have the kid actually praying to junk food, and if that is the case, isn't it wonderful when perfect ideas come like that. The intensity in his face is really something else. He BELIEVES! Praise Ben and Jerry.
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah- I painted the circles around the cone and then it hit me-Oh No-arent these the ben and jerry colors??!-Haaaa! Yeah, the theme in my head is how kids pray for "kid things"..and how all of kids prayers are always answered because theyre so intense..Called it "bubblegum" because I kept trying to incorporate that hot pink color-like cotton candy- and it was a symbolic color of childhood..
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zergspice Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
but they are almost Baskin-Robbins colors. I think they qualify. But the cone itself sells the candy theme.

Color is a funny thing. I usually start in black and white, then move to color, and sometimes I pick the weirdest colors for no good reason (fascist motif in yellow and green? yes, it happened, mostly because black and red are obviously played out. i'd send a thumb but I dont want to clutter your messages here.)

Color is funny because it can change the "punchline" of a piece so dramatically just by it's emotional associations. Sometimes I think my color schemes would more palatable if I just closed my eyes and grabbed a random tube. But for me, paint is eye candy, and I just cant help but play goofy color combos.

Life is like a box of crayons, I just keep eating them till I shit colors.
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, Ive been stuck on the same palate for the past 6 paintings{maybe more} using nothing but Indian yellow, Alizarin crimson hue, dioxazine purple and white-Thats it..If its a blue usually cobalt..Sounds insane but that palate works for me-but I need to break out of this combo and try different combo-I need to study what the old masters used-like alotta black and yellow I think- because everythings starting to look the same..
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zergspice Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
oh i dont think it is insane, I do the same. regardless of paint, I have been using the same 5 brushes for the last 9 months (10-15 paintings). Been using the same palette knife and easel for 19 years. I have so many brushes I don't use, but I keep them on to on display, makes it look like I am working hard. Much like when you see people interviewed in docs with fake bookcases in the background to make them look smart.
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markmarkmark Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Professional Photographer
great symbolism here. you have a very unique style that clearly draws from styles of the past. it makes your work extremely interesting to look at. it's like seeing what some of the old greats like rockwell would have been coming out with if they were alive today.
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow- Rockwell is one of my definate faves but I only look at his stuff every couple of years because his talent slaps my face how far behind/below that I am! Very very nice compliment- youre very kind, Dave.
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Hielasangre Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
wonderful painting! i love the expression of the boy... it looks like he's desperately wishing for ice cream :P
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah now that you point that out im just noticing kinda a Pinnochio thing going on-when you wish upon a star" type of thingy..Thanks again,Dave.
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Lilgreenhorn Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
wow.. that' something.. 2.@;
Never thought of sweets relating to religion but heys~ ;D

Tis kewl. o.o
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah-I always kinda thought like god is a big vending machine and if you pray/pay the right price you get the candy/gifts that you want. Sounds pretty weird but funny! Dave.
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Lilgreenhorn Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That's some analogy.. @w@;
Teehee~
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sparklingpants Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
this is sweet.

(pun kind of intended.)
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0Brute0 Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
I absolutely love this
brlliantly done
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Also..Your gallery rocks-keep up the great work,Dave.
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