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In Country by hank1 In Country by hank1
Oils on canvas
6 x 8
2011

Just a simple landscape.

Thought I'd do a quick one-day painting. Ha! I can't do that.

But close. Two weeks and only five layers of my usual glazing technique.

Just a typical country scene in Indiana.

Or is it?
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hank1 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It is.
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owensangel10 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Really one of my very favorites!
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Lovely Work!!!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very nice Robert! I especially like the shadows running through the road from the trees and the tiny yellow flowers.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. The flowers are dandelions. Pretty as a flower, yes. My wife can cook them for a sweet treat.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
very warm calm atmosphere, lovely scenery, sir :love:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Miss Jasmin.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
always a pleasure, sir :love:
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Masasasaki Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
So beautiful, Robert. I'd like to visit Indiana to see a scenery like you painted someday. I'm a big fan of a TV show called "The Middle" and it is a story about a typical American family in Indiana.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Masa.

Indiana, north of Indianapolis, is flat. Heard it's like Holland.

"The Middle". Sounds good. Must find it on TV if we get it.
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Doeray-G Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
this is really pretty. I can't personally relate to your war experience, but my brother could. He also served in Vietnam and was very jumpy when he came back. a car backfiring would send him into orbit. i was too young to realize what was going on though now i know better. May God grant you the peace I see forming in these painted visions.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for all.

My war experiences are not that bad. I was an adventure for a kid just out of high school.
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Doeray-G Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
glad to hear that. war is rough no matter what.
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Wonderful work! :clap:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Andrey.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Patricia.

"a warm ....peaceful day"

The cat wasn't there. Nor was the bird. Or even the red roof. A lot of invention here.

Although my PTSD from Vietnam is not full of the common symptoms, I do have one in exuberance--a startle-reflex. I've been told recently by a VA neurologist that much of my energy is sapped by my constant vigilance of all around me.

Just tried a definition of "in country" online and found this:

"In Vietnam during the period of U.S. military operations there."

Well, yes. Naturally, that period of my life makes its way into all my art works. I fight the war all over again in every painting. But now, it results in as you say a "peaceful day".

This "In Country" painting is a lead-up to what I consider to become my great painting, one that is nearly finished, but it scares the heck out of me to just get it done.

Stand by....
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Perfect balance... cat, bird, house in the distance. Life/painting is always to be preferred when there are more questions than answers :nod:

Question: Do sudden unexpected loud noises bother you? I find that more and more they make me almost irrationally angry, and I've no idea why. If I had experienced combat it would be a bit easier to understand...
Probably too much caffiene.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Danny.

For the philosophy of Life/painting (not to be confused with painting from life). I know what you mean.

Answer: "Unexpected loud noises", or not. They throw me away. Can be a quiet unexpected sound or even a hallucination. Anger. Probably an appropriate response. It interferes with your life, your work, your moment. Caffeine? Drugs don't do this to you. It's something new in your life, I go out on a limb to suggest. Mine, the PTST is old. And that startle reflex was built into our training. A branch in the jungle against the face would be enough to put one on alert. Keep at it. Introspect. Find out why you have this. You don't need a shrink--above all.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha, I'm allergic to shrinks ;)
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
I am standing by Robert....Whatever you do is always "YOU"...I don't need to get alook at your name:D....:hug:.....I always hope there is a new one!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You mean you can tell it's by me just by the work? This is a huge compliment.

By the way, not even the posts or wired fence was in the source photo that I took many years ago. Only the house on a hill. The cat is invented, and the bird. My wife worked for years at General Foods where they made cat and dog food among other products. She brought me home one day a little very well done booklet on Dog Anatomy-Illustrated [link] and later I found one on Cats. That's all one needs to invent a cat. Guess you know I harp on the study of anatomy for the artist.
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
:nod:...I do Robert!....One day I will make it my priority...I have the anatomy books but they seem to be hidden somewhere:D......My additions seem to appear on my page ....uncalled for....Don't know what that means!!!

I have the dogs...cat's and rabbits to watch...and copy....but no time to watch them:D
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Not so simple Robert.....There are so many spikes on the barbed wire:nod:......It has such a lovely feeling....a warm ....peaceful day.....AND ....of course the inquisitive cat!!.....Was it really there?
........and isn't it a typical scene;)
A wonderful quick painting:heart:
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