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I Think Too Much by jfkpaint I Think Too Much by jfkpaint
Acrylic on Masonite, 8x10

Neurons Firing; Aura Blazing

Did you ever get an art idea that you kind of regretted? I wanted to do something different with the "Textured Pointillism" technique I've been playing with. All through working on the piece, I kept asking myself... "Why are you doing this?" I knew how long it was going to take. Just for one of my crazy ideas. If anyone wants an explanation... ask..

I'm guessing some people will like it, and others will hate it (my first critic... my wife... already hates it...)

Do you think I can use this for my Deviant ID? I used my head for the reference.....
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Thank you. The French Post Impressionist painter Georges Seurat is noted for creating pointillism. You should take a look at his work. In person if possible. They are amazing. Did you get a chance to look at the other ones I have done in this style? Indeed they take a long time to do, very tedious, but almost a Zen exercise in thinking while dotting.
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merpagigglesnort Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011   Traditional Artist
this is fantastic! i'll have to go and see if it's your id now! i requested it for a bunch of my groups. (see my signature). that's cool that the reference is you. oh, i get it--a self portrait! or at least it seems to me. :) very original. depth of field is really good!
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Thank you for the kind words. I'm happy you enjoyed my little dive into art and neuroscience. Just think, for every thought in every person's head billions of those reactions are happening in our heads. I've looked down from a skyscraper at the heads of thousands of city dwellers and wondered. Self-Portrait.. yes.. you gave me a smile that you understood!
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HerbFellow Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it, don't really know why. Maybe you overcoming the "Why are you doing this?" or that I caught myself staring at it for over 3 minutes. I think your "crazy idea" paid off.
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Hi... I wonder how many neurons fired in your head while looking at the neurons firing in my head???

I'm happy you enjoyed it.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic work!
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Thank you Greg. It was a bit of a strange idea, trying to meld my art with my enjoyment of neuroscience.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Sometimes strange ideas yield the best results. :) Are you familiar with Chuck Close?
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
If I could have produced one tenth of the "Strange" ideas that I have had, I would have one hell of a portfolio (maybe now I've produced 1/100th). I took a look at some of Chuck Close's paintings. I think I may have seen a piece of his before in some museum. I have never painted "big" before. Always intimidated. I've always scratched my head when I see huge paintings.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Don't dismiss the strange ideas! :D
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
nice! And crazyness adds value to the piece :nod: :lmao:
Your wife will change her mind.. just give her a little bit of time.. is what I do with my husband :rofl:
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Thank you Lou. My three biggest critics (my wife, mother, and daughter), all weighed in. Wife and Mother gave it a negative... but my daughter loved it! The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree. Not sure what that says about her future...
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sonia-p Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
It is really nice.i like the movement in this painting ,as well as the details ,colors.
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Thank you Sonia. I'm happy you noticed the "movement". I wanted the "aura" to seem alive and the neurons are supposed to be "firing" with electrical impulses.
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ErosMyth Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
:wow: Astonishing. :rose:
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Just think... what's really happening inside each and every one of our heads is a Trillion times more complicated... Now that's astonishing!
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ErosMyth Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Well stated. Three cheers. :ahoy:
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MonaParvin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Amazing work, I love the style :)
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Thank you Mona. I'm debating what's next for the dots... My wife wants something "Pretty"....
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MonaParvin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
:)You are welcome dear
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anitadunkl Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow, amazing :eyepopping:!
I think it would look great as your ID.
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Thank you Anita. I tried to make it my ID... but I don't know how to do it. Asks for a DA ID folder. Any idea how to put one of the paintings as an ID?
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anitadunkl Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
Hi, it's very simple: You put your painting in the category: "deviantart related / deviantID"
and not in the category "Traditional Art / Paintings / Abstract" like you did.

Just change it under the button "edit deviation" and you will be able to add an ID on your frontpage :-)
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Thank you Anita... That worked...(more ignorance coming)... Now.. How do I make it that tiny picture in the upper left?
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anitadunkl Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
I'm glad that I could help :heart:.
Hmmm... do you mean your avatar? I don't understand :D
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Avatar, yes.. Do I have to put the picture back on my hard drive somewhere and re-load it again?
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anitadunkl Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
The avatar doesn't have to be a picture in your gallery. It can be any picture on your computer. The problem is that the avatar has to be EXACT 50x50 Pixel. It's a little bit tricky to achieve that.

Just take a picture you want as an avatar and cut the edges to make it square. It will likely have something around 500x500 Pixel. Then you change the size of your picture until you reach 50x50 Pixel. It can get very small and a little blurry, but that's okay. It always took a loooong time for me to get this right. There might be other (easier) ways to create an avatar, but I don't know them.
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aurora-celest Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Oh boy, am I blind! I thought the brain was made up of women having sex! :noes: If you'll excuse me, I'm asking my mom for an appointment with the optomotrist.
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
I wonder how many firing neurons it takes to create mental images of women having sex?
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