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Usual Grandeur by JustinChristenbery Usual Grandeur by JustinChristenbery
12"x12"x1.5" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas


I painted this in the middle of my most recent commission more to relax and not think about anything other than letting go of thinking. Interesting what happens through a cleared mind. This is more a sketch in concept to me, but I thought I'd share it with you guys since I'd sell it as is just like any other piece:D
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Critique by JANunnoArt JANunnoArt/critique/267310289">Jul 24, 2010, 10:09:27 AM
Letting your mind wander for a while must have been the perfect thing for you to do. When you let go of all of your thoughts you got a really amazing painting out of it. Your color mixture I must say is fantastic, especially with the way you made each color distinctive through the blending and swirling but were still able to keep hold of your values so nothing has become "muddy". When looking at it at first glance the first thing I saw was an abstract, yet impressionistic take on a sunset. But, a sunset unlike one I have ever seen. Personally it seems to hold a mystical quality for me and the center of the painting being your lightest point is right where your eye is drawn to giving the piece it's depth and focal point as well as making it seem like it's a fiery abyss depending on which way you look at it. I don't think you should consider this piece a sketch... a concept yes, but it is a concept that you got in a full painting while seeming to skip the sketch stage.
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LazyRayFinkle Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016
Wow. This is really cool and gorgeous to look at. Nicely done. 
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chat14 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
again I love your color choices!!!! I can sit here and just name off so many colors!! wow breath taking!
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ARTBYTERESA Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
FANTASTIC!!!! GREAT WORK!!!!!
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kennyZoeshpoontic Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
wow, great and beautiful !
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TheTulip Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
loved the colors , did u used special kind of knives?
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:iconjustinchristenbery:
JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope...I used a fairly worn down filbert brush. #2 I believe it was.

Lots of paint squirted out straight onto the canvas, an even misting of water from a spray bottle, and maybe 15 drops of acrylic flow release medium. The trick is to not mix the colors so much that the brush strokes are lost, but enough to create depth w/ gradations.

Thx for commenting.
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ChristopherOlsson Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
Hi
I think this is a great painting in many ways. I am a art student at a swedish university. I would like to ask some question about your art. If that is something you would like to do, get back to me.
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:iconjustinchristenbery:
JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you- I'd be happy to answer any questions you have. Whenever you're ready, ask away:)
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Mishelangello Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Very beautiful!:iconomgsocuteplz: :iconclapplz:
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WilliamSnape Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Very well done! Love the colors! :clap:
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Valm-Esoobac Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Student General Artist
It's very interesting. I like how the colors are able to stand out so well and how so places are more bold on color than others. These and your amazing skills at painting really help to make this picture work. I know that you didn't have much in mind when painting this, but to me it looks like a sunset on an ocean:)
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:iconwatwilje:
watwilje Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Very cool painting. love the colors
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:iconevanira:
Evanira Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i love it :)
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FrecklE0708 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Perfect!
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Zathuraexe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the depth this painting has. Amazing!
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dum-donutz Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Nice textures!
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s04scoti Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
wow I love this :) the colours are so beautiful!!
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KumikoEharu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Oh these colours are so vibrant. I love it. It just calls out to me. I wish I were seeing this in person so I could feel the texture.

Love your method of blending on the canvas. And I love how this looks like a sunset over the ocean, but it could be abstract, as well.

Very well done!:+fav:
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
You have been featured here. :heart:
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:iconabasss:
abasss Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
:drool:

very pretty, well done!
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:iconweaponsmaster:
weaponsmaster Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
wow this is great!
the colors and the texture are eye grabbing
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:iconjustinchristenbery:
JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks:)
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:iconkathersis:
Kathersis Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow amazing..
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:iconjustinchristenbery:
JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconbuble:
Buble Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes!! it's wonderful!!! sunset and ocean! :wow:
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JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Bingo:)
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icantreed Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
i love it
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KellyNg Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
i think if i were to frame this and hang it on my wall, it will catch the eye of many visitors. it's very beautiful and intriguing :D
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
wow, you really know how to put together an eye catching piece. It looks so simple, but no one else could ever make a replica. Beautiful work :heart:
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wildtarathing Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
i really love your work.. you are truely talented and im so jealous
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:iconjustinchristenbery:
JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Jealousy *can* be a great place to find the motivation to improve...I do it constantly in galleries, museums, and even here at deviantArt and elsewhere on the net. Simply believe in your own ability and start digging in. If you believe in yourself with all you have and keep at it, I promise you will surpass those who once impressed you(though you're also guaranteed to find new and even greater influences:) )
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AuraKiss Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eruption of Pompeii..
Course everything of yours reminds me of something else. Its very beautiful. I would comment more but I am feeling horribly melodramatic today. Probably not the best time to finally sit and comment.
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JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, I can certainly understand that and will not complain...much...about your not-quite-long-enough comment;)

Feel Better:D
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milbisous Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
Very rich and luscious colors, looking great!
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:iconjustinchristenbery:
JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Gracias:D
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Delicious-Filth Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Painting to let go of thought is always a good idea - at least for me. There is a beautiful flow about this piece.
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JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed...thanks for looking and Seeing:)
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inklover Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
the colors caught my eye....also the content of sky

water is always a very soothing concept...:heart:
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:iconjustinchristenbery:
JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou...and I agree, they lend themselves very readily to any mood and when undertaken with a genuine desire to express one's Self they are very rich visual metaphors.
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inklover Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
yes......:heart:
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Piaf1 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Student Photographer
Fantastic :bow:


I love it :D




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:iconjustinchristenbery:
JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Gracias:D
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Piaf1 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Student Photographer
:D



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AlecBell Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
I like the way the bands of colour seem to generate ambiguous space, so that the image can seen in a number of different ways, as referencing sea or sky of land.

Brilliant composition
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JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou much for looking and commenting- my apologies for the delayed response, as I always greatly appreciate your comments and insight. The generated space you mention is definitely my favorite aspect of this piece as I was nearly taken aback when, after letting it dry for a couple days, I returned to look at it and saw it as the image it has become instead of the fairly flat and abstract "bands of color" I remembered laying down when I painted it.
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
You're welcome.

It's interesting to hear from other artists how their work evolves. Words, for me,often have similarly unexpected properties.
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Lellith Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
wow this is very beautiful
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:iconjustinchristenbery:
JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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Lellith Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
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