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Rumspringa by paulrichardjames Rumspringa by paulrichardjames
Oil painting, on Canvas 30 x 36 inches. Rumspringa is the period when Amish adolescents leave their community to explore the world outside. The image was based on an I Pod add. I like to screw around with meaning.
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TheUnseenWorld Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
Rumspringa isn't a thing anymore XD They don't do it anymore, infact it's almost extinct since the younger generation always have cars and cell phones.
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I first heard the term on a "Bones" crime drama series. Constance "Bones" Brennan, forensic anthropologist, and Sealey Booth,FBI man and former sniper, investigate the murder of a boy on Rumspringa, whose remains were strewn along a railroad track (gruesome murders and grotesque mangling of bodies is a typical opening of any episode.) They have difficulty discussing matters with the boy's parents.
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AtomicNumberSix Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love this! So funny but a little more deep than that, too.
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danno273 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
absolutely brilliant. one of the best artistic executions of a feeling i have seen on deviant. brilliant!
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JakePetter Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Simply amazing! It makes me miss painting more than you can imagine! Thank you for the great work and inspiration.
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theduck13 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
This is awesome
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NancyvandenBoom Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
I love it.
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Paedora Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Writer
Wonderful ! And the feeling is perfect x)
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skillcrane Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Great concept & execution. I saw a documentary called "Devil's Playground" on the very subject, & was extremely intrigued by the idea of a culture that shapes someone from childhood suddenly giving the children a decision to make, whether to continue tradition or leave the flock.
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VisualHierarchy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
what a great concept, love it!
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FuzzyxPanda Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it looks great. I love what you did. :D
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winteryvisions Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful incongruity! And the expression on her face makes me giggle!
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Sarah-IKB Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
Well executed humour. Not easy to achieve, but you have. Kudos :)
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Darkdesyre Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
Featured your wonderful painting here [link]
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KawaiiJillian Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
awesome.
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AmberWavesGoodbye Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
I just love this piece.
I don't know if you know just how perfectly this expresses rumspringa. Especially since the girl is still wearing the old order dress and bonnet which most girls tend to wear even during rumspringa. When I look at her I feel that she is riding the edge of both of her worlds. Coming from a ... familiar background I can really relate and I find it just beautiful.
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twobrokenspeakers Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Haha thats really cool and really beautifully painted. I don't know if theres a deeper meaning to it but it just looks funny and makes me smile :nod:
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hannah-bere Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
awesome!!!! just great
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superfrodo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007   Photographer
What an original painting. I dig it.
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camlish Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
Just wonderful.
I'm speechless. :3
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CasualBlue Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
awesome : D
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insanellamagirl Featured By Owner May 15, 2007   Traditional Artist
i love this painting, it totally makes me smile. makes me very happy-- lovely piece
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JedEye Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
You are GOOD.
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pixieface Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
...

Looking back over the comments, I realise I've never bothered to mention just how much I love this piece. I favourited it ages ago, and on random favourites every now and again it comes up on my own userpage... and it always makes me smile. Beautiful concept, beautifully executed. :)
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paulrichardjames Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
Oh, what a nice thing to say. Thanks for putting the link up on your homepage. You are so cool!
Congrats on the upcoming marriage. I have been married 14 years, and I can say that I love my wife more and more every day as well, despite some rough times in the past.
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pixieface Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
Thanks. :) International marriage is not as easy as it looks! But I remain optimistic.
And as for the journal feature - well, y'know, I don't have millions of pageviews, but occasionally I like to share something wonderful with the hardcore few who visit me! ;P
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DirtyMarkJunior Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
funny.
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christopherL Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007   Traditional Artist
Love it
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JoeyBee60 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Wow!!
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thrasher317 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
As a new painter I find it difficult to truely capture skintones and facial expressions. I admire your gallery, but this one is by far my favorite of the bunch. Kudos on the DD.
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paulrichardjames Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
You can really draw. That is the basis for any figurative work. Nice stuff. As far as colour. I use grayed down orange for the light tones, and burnt umber, grayed down for the shadow. I have a bunch of colour charts that I made, and I take a sample from whatever skin tones I like in paintings. Look for paintings that have the skin tone you want and mix up those skin tones. Don't settle for anything else. If the colour doesn't match what you want- don't settle for the next best colour. Remember, people, at least the caucasian types, are not pink, as we have been led to believe.
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relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007   Traditional Artist
lol... this is a trip :)
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Jabberwhorl Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
I love it! Great brush my friend..
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socalledstarknite Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
this is really cool..
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paulrichardjames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
Thanks, your persona is really cool!
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BarbaPappa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
Wow, this is so beautiful! Looks kinda Phil Hale-ish and somewhat "classical". Truly awesome energy n such too, great job man!:D
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paulrichardjames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
I just checked out Phil Hale. I was not familiar with his work. I guess that it is the chiarascuro style, high contrast. But Phil stole it from Caravaggio, who probably stole it from someone. Everyone is a thief, artists are the best thieves. Glad you like it.
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BarbaPappa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
He has some very cool stuff. That chiarascuro style is really sumthing i like/would like to steal;) So true 'bout the stealing.
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vladder Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
my God!

you smashed my brain! :)

can't find the right words to explain my thougts 'bout this...

whoa...
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paulrichardjames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
"I smashed your brain". That's the best comment yet! Thanks so much. Next, I will smash your heart and twist your spine...Saw II like!

Cheers,
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reinlady Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
This is excellent :D It really made me grin.

I immediately puzzled over the rocking out Amish girl when I opened this, but your description explains the method to the madness. I've always wondered how Amish teenagers react when finally out in the modern world. This piece gives me a little inside view!

Your ability to work with oils still stuns me, but it's really the pose and her expression that stands out here. So emotive and frankly hilarious :D You've captured it beautifully. Definitely a :+fav: from me.
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paulrichardjames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
Oh, that is so nice. I met an Amish guy, who during his teenage years, managed to travel quite far. Even as far as Belize, and the Yucatan, Mexico. There is a large Mennonite population there. I actually just sold this piece through a gallery, but for a ridiculously low price-- $900.00Canadian.
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ilovebenny Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
this is awesome! put a smile on my face! :peace: :heart: :floating:
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paulrichardjames Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
thanks, your comment put a smile on my face! Nice stuff yourself. The back is quite good!
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ilovebenny Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
thanx :peace: :heart: :floating:
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eStrix Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice!
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sanjam Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
love the idea :)
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fabulouslylazy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
Beautifully painted and quite amusing :D
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paulrichardjames Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
thanks, I'm glad that you find it amusing. I find it amusing to see the Amish teenagers with their buggies going as fast as they can, eating a bag of potato chips and wearing sun glasses. Their so cool!
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