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Whipping Post Lane by Denis-Peterson Whipping Post Lane by Denis-Peterson
Whipping Post Lane
Urethanes and acrylics

{I had been working on several paintings simultaneously the past four months. The difficulties are predictable regarding focus, concentration and exhaustion.

In anticipation of a show, I had ramped up my work schedule to 16-18 hour days, working seven days a week. This gave me the benefit of producing in a month paintings that would otherwise be produced in 3-4 months under normal working hours.}

This was a very relaxing piece to paint, especially in creating some of the more unusual lighting effects which were not in the original photos, but which kind of grew into form as I worked. There was literally nothing here that did not call for an extremely detailed and meticulous approach. These hyperreal effects are really quite subtle and create a view that does not actually exist, but one which makes its reality more apparent as a unique environment with an identity worth taking notice of.

take a look and see what you think.
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Given 2010-01-23
Whipping Post Lane by `Denis-Peterson ( Suggested by VelCake and Featured by PurpelBlur )
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Eddie-d-artist Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing bro i am breathless.
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
thanks Eddie :hexentanz: glad you like it..and welcome to dA
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Elenaxl Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Wow !
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
:slow:
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donescu Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
I could have said this is a photography is that realistic. Is it on panel.
amazing 
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Thanks very much, stretched canvas / airbrush and sable brushes mostly ..
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful!
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Thank you, it was quite a memorable day walking around that area and taking pictures while looking forward to returning to the states to begin painting!
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TarcDnB Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
"I had ramped up my work schedule to 16-18 hour days, working seven days a week." - so impressive, I wonder if lately you cannot focus so much on work?
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I could only keep up that pace doing work for upcoming shows .. lately I no longer push work out at that insane pace, paring down to a much more leisurely output at this point in time.
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TarcDnB Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
That's very good to hear - I can't imagine working those hours... also where you need to focus SO much (I guess).
I remember a while ago you were saying you were working all day except to have wee 5 min breaks, and you came online to check your comments, talk to people, etc :)
Do you work in the same place, same studio? I'm just wondering if something has changed in your life
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Yes still in the same cramped space as always .. I guess when I was younger I would try to whip off paintings in one day, and would be frustrated if it went on longer. Years later, I realized that it was more impatience than quick turnaround success which was driving me and I decided to face it head on. So, as I was building up a body of work for shows, I put my work before all else and didn't mind the extraordinary hours at all, as I knew the work deserved more attention as visual statements than I was naturally inclined to give them. Just discipline I guess.

Now, I am not so driven to show my work as often as previous, consequently a much slower and more measured pace.
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TarcDnB Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
Without poking my nose into it too much, may I ask why you are less driven these days? I always wondered if you can you get burned out if art is a profession (a "must-do" thing every day) (wow look at my definition of "profession" :D)

I admire your discipline, it took you where you are now, I hope it won't get faded and you will continue to be in the leading artists in hyperrealism
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Well, thanks .. showing one's work is a job in of itself, note word replacing profession! It takes a lot of work to continue having enough paintings to supply various galleries in different geographies, venues, etc. I have turned down many more gallery offers than I have accepted, since from my point of view, I am not trying to pump out as much work as possible into the marketplace, but instead to produce new and creative statements of art on an "as needed" basis for selected shows. When there are upcoming shows, it stimulates my ideas for putting together certain visuals .. when there are no shows, I usually spend time experimenting with different media, themes, etc. which is probably why I haven't posted for a while, as I don't think anyone would be all that interested in viewing experimental/and or unfinished works of mine that are well off the beaten path, so to speak.
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TarcDnB Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
I've always assumed you needed to turn down offers - and at the same time this is what makes your work "rare" and sought after, I'm sure. win-win

I don't know about others, but I'm always curious about the experimental side of you. Plus, it's work in progress shots I'm really into - this is a great insight into the process.
Is there another website where one can see these experimental ones?

By the way "creative statements" is really an area where I'm an absolute amateur, I just draw what I find nice, mostly just visually - and that doesn't even begin to approach hyperrealism in principle :( Not that I could call my drawings that anyway.

Let me also ask about inspiration. I have 0 discipline these months, as I do not *need* to work on them. I'm also afraid that if I set working hours for myself, forcing work, it will not be the same, I like to work when I have inspiration. So how is it for you to have to work long hours, does it not feel boring or even annoying? To must do something.
Maybe it's something that professionals just have to live with.
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I was heavily influenced by Jean Baudrillard's writings on hyperrealism. If you connect with him, you have a pretty good start. In any event, creative statements develop from your core, what and how you observe, it doesn't need to be a narrative, just an inner feeling or insight. It develops naturally as you observe and make visual notations of how, not necessarily what, you see.. or perceive.

If you wait for inspiration, you may as well also wait for perspiration, as neither will occur unless you start working hard first. Just put aside a set time frame, identify what and how many pieces you "need" to produce, and do them. If a gallery were to want to show you, the first thing they ask is how many can you produce in a year's time. So, you need to have an inventory, as if you are preparing for a show by some imaginary set date. That way, you will begin to be productive and will see your creativity soar to new heights. Read Julia Cameron's book on the Creative Journey, it will help you bigtime.
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jecarl1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012   General Artist
Breathtaking! I can feel the warmth in the air, the lighting and the textures are amazing! I am waiting for someone to walk around the building
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thanks very much! You can see more about the work if you like on these two short videos at [link] and [link]
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cobainhippieartist Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow.....this is really awesome!! =) great work!!
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Thanks very much! You can see this one up close in these two videos from my exhibition:

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cobainhippieartist Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
ok cool beans!! =)
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brainwashurface Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
thats not a painting is it ?
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MikaelaWoodman Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
THIS IS UNREAL!!!!!!!!!! It just has to be a photo? :o
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Thanks, although my reference photo was not quite as nice! :hexentanz:
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MikaelaWoodman Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
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Well, you've sure done a great job, anyway :D I'm still positive it's a photo :| :XD:
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Likaliku Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
you sure this is a painting? O_O
wow!! awesome!! swear VERY awesome!!! :la:
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
:slow: yeah, pretty sure .. and thanks~!
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Likaliku Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
wow! amazing OAO
you're welcome BTW :D
keep it!! :la:
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Abglanz Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
great work dude! awesome light in it and there is such a great atmosphere in it :)
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
thanks, introducing an ethereal lighting and atmosphere were a result of considering the history of that street where slaves were routinely beaten to death.

as I recall, the uk sky in my original photo was pretty gray and dull by comparison! :slow:
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Abglanz Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
0.o this story doesn't fit to this beautiful painting...
really nice that you decided to draw such a sky, without, the atmosphere would be completely different and kind of dark :)
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Thanks, it is a strangely isolated yet beautiful setting there.
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TarcDnB Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
I love hyperrealism, the lighting touch was a great idea, looks amazing, the soft/hard shadows, too
Never seen a wall that realistic
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Thanks, the lighting and shading were an exciting development in the work, as I wanted to create a more ethereal look based on the history of Whipping Post (where slaves were routinely beaten to death).
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primulatook Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
thanks very much!
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WilliamSnape Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
I have featured this artwork here: [link] ;-)
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Well, thank you kind Sir! :hexentanz:
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WilliamSnape Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
You're very welcome my friend! I wish you happy holidays and a healthy and creative New Year! :hug:
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Thank you very much, and the same good wishes to you William!
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JMN1984 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
WOW! Awesome!
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Thanks very much!
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GeeTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Is this a photography or a painting? AWESOME!
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Hey thanks, it is one of my personal favorites...
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Amelia-Winter-Storm Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010   Photographer
It's a very good image, I'll give you that, but I don't believe it's a painting. It looks painterly in terms of light and composition, but from experience, this looks like a photograph to me.
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Thanks, the painting has been on exhibition throughout the country and is currently being shown.
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iceelove Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Such detail and beauty.
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
How nice! Thanks very much.
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FirstSarge Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Writer
I've had this in my favourites for quite some time now, and I never get tired of looking at it.

This is a painting? I don't believe it.

I must have put this in my favourites without reading your comments.

I still don't believe it.
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