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Solitaire by TABurroughs Solitaire by TABurroughs
With this painting I wanted to look deeply at something both beautiful and intended to be insignificant. A little goldfish that was born for the purpose of being fed to pets higher on the food chain.

The painting has parallel meanings for me. There is the conceptual aspect of taking something at the bottom of the food chain and painting it on a scale that allows a fresh look at the subject. Hopefully focusing attention on something beautiful that could be easy enough to overlook.

There is simultaneously an artistic motivation of weaving together a couple of hundred little paintings into a comprehensive larger piece of art.


The painting measures 36" x 80".
The medium is oil paint on panel.
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:iconnguo:
beautiful work!!
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:iconbonniemarie:
Bonniemarie Dec 14, 2010   Traditional Artist
beautifully painted
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:iconkatevlcek:
this is great and i love the concept behind it too
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:iconforthemoment:
forthemoment Dec 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i like how you experiment with scale while remaining consistent with your technique =)
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SMann Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh man I love oils
but my attention span for them has long waned
would you perhaps have the artistic motivation to weave a hundred little painting into the scales of the fish?

thanks to ~simone4390 for sharing
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:iconjapan-magpie:
This is such a beautiful piece, and I was very moved by your description of both this one and "Glimmer", the reasons why you painted them. Thank you for sharing!
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:iconemmab619:
Wow....just wow. That's all I have to say. Sorry, I'd come up with a slightly more in depth comment but to be honest, I can't think of anything worth saying right now :P The detail you've put in to this is just unbelievable....
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risk0 Feb 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice :D
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nimra Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
What can I say about this and all you work Todd, I have seen you grow as an artist for many years I know how hard you have worked and it shows all your work is through the roof.

Armin
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