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Father and Brother in the Farmyard by eastcorkpainter Father and Brother in the Farmyard by eastcorkpainter
Painted from 21st November - 27th December, 2012

Size: 24 inches x 18 inches

Acrylics on canvas

This is based on a photo taken in summer 1994. This is a deeply personal work. My father, who was a tillage farmer, and younger brother are standing in front of the Mercedes Benz tractor with a Berthoud sprayer mounted on the back. My father had recently bought the sprayer; it's wider arms and bigger tank covered more ground in less time than the old one. Like his father Dan, my father, Tim, was a forward thinking man in terms of machinery. I took my time with this one. Difficult areas were the front wheel of the tractor especially the ridges , my father's shirt, face and head ( I had to completely redo his head and face cos the head was too small in the first attempt), and the sprayer's arms at an acute angle. The machinery and my father are long gone and my brother is now as tall as my father was in this painting. The time feels like a different age to me. A line from the film, 'Blade Runner', was in my head as I was working on this piece:

'All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain'.
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KanatSanat Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
You did a great job on this - it really feels personal
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eastcorkpainter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for stopping by and looking, Alper!
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Aevelynne Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
It's a very good work, not only did you a great job on painting the machinery but as you said gave it a very personal feel. A beautiful way to remember and capture these memories :)
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eastcorkpainter Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks Chrissy, always appreciate your words and feedback, have you seen the film 'Blade Runner' where I got that quote in the description of this painting?
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Aevelynne Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
The name sounds familiar but I don't recall ever having seen it.
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eastcorkpainter Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
It was directed by Ridley Scott who directed 'Alien' and 'Prometheus', Harrison Ford is the main star, it came out in 1982. I saw it last year and liked it, it's sort of a cross between sci-fi and film noir.
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Aevelynne Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Sounds quite interesting. I might watch it too at some point :)
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eastcorkpainter Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
The Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, who starred in 'Ladyhawke' is in it, do you know him, I mean seen him?
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Aevelynne Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Yeah, I do! Actually I've been meaning to rewatch it but haven't done so, yet.
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eastcorkpainter Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Worth rewatching alright, good film. Any interesting stuff in your college course?
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Meltin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa! So many fine details in this one!
The lettering,shadows,and even the gravel. Fantastic!
You're father looks like he must be pretty tall.
Awesome work,Niall!:)
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eastcorkpainter Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks Bob. Daddy was average height, it's just he wore his trousers high so that's why he looks tall. And my brother was 5 at the time so that would make him look tall too!
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Meltin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome:)
I think the "high trousers" were probably the "in" thing,back then.
I wonder if they thought it made them look taller? lol
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eastcorkpainter Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
Funnily enough in 1994 there was a line dancing craze in Ireland. In halls all over the country, people were dressing up as cowboys and dancing like rednecks!
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Meltin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha. We had one over here,as well.
I'm a psychedelic ranger at heart but,
a girl I was dating at the time,kinda forced me
into it. I always ended up drinking a bit too much,
and couldn't remember the steps so,she eventually
let me slide. Irish rednecks,huh? I thought you guys
only had redHEADS over there!:)lol
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eastcorkpainter Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
heh, well Bob we do burn our necks easy with our fair skin!
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Meltin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes indeed. I bet you do!;p
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MonaParvin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
wow I always am so impressed by your outstanding artistic talent and skills :love: You are super talented my dear :hug: This is an incredibly stunning work i love it :heart:
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eastcorkpainter Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
Hi Mona, thanks for those kind words, and congratulations on your latest show this month I just saw the photos on Facebook, well done! :thumbsup:
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stacybattlestudies Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Oh my! It's so great! So realistic and and the details are just magnificent :) Good job on the symmetry :) The more I zoom in, the more I love it!
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eastcorkpainter Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks Stace, much time spent on it! It had to be good because it's as personal a work as I've done!
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glunac Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   General Artist
The painting is very photo realistic. Wonderful detailing.
I always have problems with heads coming out too small & then end up having to redo them to fit the body size, sometimes i just leave them that way...LOL .
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eastcorkpainter Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
Hi Gloria, thanks for the feedback, yeah it's hard to get the body and head to match correctly but yes you can have fun if they don't! ;)
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A-Separate-Reality Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wonderful job on this one Niall, not that all your paintings aren't really well done, but the amount of detail in a piece this size is incredible!
The care you put into this really shows.
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