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Have We Forgotten...?
My thoughts | Dec. 22, 2011 | RetSignman

Posted on 12/22/2011 9:09:59 AM PST by RetSignman

As I worked on this painting, I almost called it complete dozens of time but something told me I couldn't quit. I kept looking at His eyes until, finally, I knew I could stop.

To me, it was how I envisioned how He may be looking at, not just our country, but the world. The sorrow and disappointment as He witnesses frenzied crowds scrambling for gifts who are unaware or forgetting that He was the truest of all gifts given to us by His Father.

The sadness of He and His Father might feel as they witness that children are no longer permitted, by law, the freedom to express their love of them in school.

Many of us go through life searching for the reason and meaning of it all when it has all been right in front of us all along, it was too close to see. All we have to do is step back to clearly see the path we should be walking.

I'm aware this sounds way too 'preachy' and and perhaps a 'mother of all vanities' but ,at seventy three, tomorrow is one gift I don't take for granted. As an amateur painter, I have tried to paint images that inspire thought or a feeling and have failed numerous times. I hope that this attempt will inspire even one person to re-evaluate their purpose in this often confusing world and turn their backs on those whose mission is to create a Godless society.

I wish all you FReepers a heartfelt Merry CHRISTmas.


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1 posted on 12/22/2011 9:10:02 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: RetSignman

Wow! An image that communicates with no words necessary.


2 posted on 12/22/2011 9:16:23 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: RetSignman

Very nice - not an “amateur painter” to me.
You captured sadness...


3 posted on 12/22/2011 9:18:13 AM PST by savage woman
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To: RetSignman

absolutely beautiful.
merry Christmas.


4 posted on 12/22/2011 9:30:16 AM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: RetSignman; narses

Very well done, I agree.


5 posted on 12/22/2011 9:43:29 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: RetSignman

Captures a very injured feeling. Very sad and beautiful.

Good grief, you are really good.


6 posted on 12/22/2011 9:48:38 AM PST by dforest
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To: RetSignman

Beautifully done. You are blessed.

I’ve done sings for friends, Little and Babe Ruth League outfield signs, but I’ve not tried anything of your caliber.
My signs are done on the computer, blown up, transferred and painted. I call it color by number.

May you have a Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy New Year.


7 posted on 12/22/2011 9:54:38 AM PST by wizr (If God isn't on your side, who is?)
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To: RetSignman

Thank you, Freepers, I’m glad that you have seen what I was trying to accomplish.


8 posted on 12/22/2011 9:56:42 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: RetSignman

Beautiful, Ret.

Thank you and Merry Christmas.


9 posted on 12/22/2011 9:57:28 AM PST by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: wizr

[Little and Babe Ruth League outfield signs,...]

I painted a lot of signs for ball fields when I was in the sign Biz but when the computer took the place of imagination, it took some of the fun out of it.

Not that there is anything wrong with that, time and progress marches on.


10 posted on 12/22/2011 10:02:57 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: indylindy

[Captures a very injured feeling...]

Thank you Indy, it was what kept driving me to do this painting. As I said, if only ONE person get’s something out of my post, I’d be more than grateful.


11 posted on 12/22/2011 10:25:56 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: RetSignman

You do beautiful work. You captured how Christ would feel with the state of humanity.

Made me think of the thread today of the Pastor facing charges for speaking about Christ at the Capitol Christmas tree.

Keep showing us your work. You have a great talent.


12 posted on 12/22/2011 10:35:12 AM PST by dforest
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To: RetSignman

There is nothing like the real thing. There is a big difference between something that comes from the heart and hands and what a computer spits out.


13 posted on 12/22/2011 10:40:21 AM PST by dforest
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To: Portcall24

[...no words necessary.]

I actually thought of just posting the image but there was a reason behind it that I felt needed to be used.

I’m a little disappointed that the side bar moderators opted not include it on the sidebar, not because of vanity but so it may give more people a chance to consider the true meaning of Christmas through the image.

Moderators: Please take no offense.


14 posted on 12/22/2011 10:41:13 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: RetSignman

Absolutely Beautiful. It may have taken you a lifetime, but you have achieved the perfection you have so long looked for.

Thank you for sharing this gift with us, and may the Lord Bless you and yours this Christmas.


15 posted on 12/22/2011 10:45:51 AM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: indylindy

[...what a computer spits out.]

I agree Indy, in the final days when the computer and vinyl replaced imagination and my brushes, I knew I had become an ‘old school’ sign man and time to fade away.

On the other hand, I never regretted my decision to enter the occupation or know when to get out of the way of progress and innovation.


16 posted on 12/22/2011 10:50:15 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: RetSignman

Art is one of those things that real innovation is with the actual artist. Capturing emotion in a painting is difficult. I bet you stood back and studied it for hours!

You will never be old school. You are original. It doesn’t get any better.

I do understand the business you were in, but real appreciation is with talent and imagination. When your painting is done, it is yours. People can only copy it.

Your brushwork and shading is really good.

Hey, you have just begun!


17 posted on 12/22/2011 10:58:58 AM PST by dforest
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To: RetSignman

You have a God-given talent. Beautiful painting...thank you very much for sharing.


18 posted on 12/22/2011 11:20:57 AM PST by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.))
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To: indylindy

I’m guessing you don’t know anything about 3D modelling, shading, texturing, rigging, etc.

This painting is a beautiful work of art, but the work and imagination that goes into “what a computer spits out” shouldn’t be denigrated like that.


19 posted on 12/22/2011 11:21:16 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: RetSignman

It saddens my heart to know how we have hurt Him. Without a doubt, you have captured that hurt in your painting. Simply beautiful. Thank you and Blessed Christmas to you!


20 posted on 12/22/2011 11:26:22 AM PST by baldisbeautiful ("The greatest miracle is the fact that politicians are tolerated." G. K. Chesterton)
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To: commish

Thank you very much, Commish. You’ll never know how true that is, I’ve often tried words to express my feelings but when I finished painting that image, it taught me a lesson and a reason to never give up.

I HAVE been looking for a long time for a reason I’ve been allowed my 73 years of life and have found it in that image.

Those eyes will never leave my soul.


21 posted on 12/22/2011 11:28:29 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: RetSignman

Thank you.


22 posted on 12/22/2011 11:31:19 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: indylindy

[When your painting is done, it is yours.]

Actually, I gave the painting away as a Christmas gift to a lady in my neighborhood who has troubled with health problems for years now.

I found my reason for being and I think it will give her a renewed reason for her’s.


23 posted on 12/22/2011 11:37:47 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: Future Snake Eater
I use computer graphics quite often. I appreciate them. I just am more fond of original hand painted artwork.

No offense to you. There is just something about the canvas, oils, brushstrokes, and the artist that are so natural and original.

I was making no comment or diss about the work or expertise that goes into the profession you speak of.

Both require talent.

24 posted on 12/22/2011 11:39:20 AM PST by dforest
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To: Future Snake Eater
I use computer graphics quite often. I appreciate them. I just am more fond of original hand painted artwork.

No offense to you. There is just something about the canvas, oils, brushstrokes, and the artist that are so natural and original.

I was making no comment or diss about the work or expertise that goes into the profession you speak of.

Both require talent.

25 posted on 12/22/2011 11:44:34 AM PST by dforest
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To: baldisbeautiful

Thank you. Wouldn’t it be great if our schools were allowed to put on the walls images of Jesus so the children can become more exposed to Him?

No words, just let them open their naturally curious minds and ask questions.


26 posted on 12/22/2011 11:52:04 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: RetSignman

Great painting! Thanks for sharing it with us.


27 posted on 12/22/2011 1:59:37 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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28 posted on 12/22/2011 5:20:54 PM PST by narses
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To: RetSignman

Very nicely done. A Very Merry Christmas to you.


29 posted on 12/22/2011 6:11:54 PM PST by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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