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Cat's Eye by hank1 Cat's Eye by hank1
Oils on penny
0.750 in
2012

“Copper plates have been used as supports for oil paintings from early time, particularly in Holland. These have been most successful when the pictures were small and jewel-like” — Ralph Mayer. “The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques”.

This is an uncirculated 1948 (my birth year) penny whose obverse side’s shine is permanently sealed with Spar Varnish along with the edges. The reverse side with the painting has two coats of lead white oil priming. The painting is done in five layers. Around 40 hours actual work on the painting.

This is impossible to photograph. I show it on a black background in its original size to see it better, but can really only be seen properly in one's hand.
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McFlyky Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
haha, that is such a cool idea! I love it, and bet it looks fantastic when held in your hand!
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
:thumbsup::nod: Great!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Andrey.
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Doeray-G Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wow
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, thank you. Good to see you.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, so realistic! :wow:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, miss Jasmin.
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
That looks so beautiful....and it sounds like an amazing technique!.......It does actually show up very well but it must be so spectacular to have it in front of you!..It's a fascinating sight!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's the technique of a damn monk in a medieval monastery. So tedious--not sure I want to put myself through it again. In person it's smooth and like a jewel.
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Ah ...but monks in a medieval monastery hadn't much else to do except pray,sing,clean...and eat!;D...I'm so glad you persevered it looks so lovely...even reproduced on D.A.Wish I lived closer I would love to see it!
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