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APOSTLE OF COOL by micahsherrill APOSTLE OF COOL by micahsherrill
2006

acrylic, plastic, crackle glazes, aluminum, aluminum leaf, polyester resin, glass, and shell on wood
15" x 15"

-paul newman is the subject matter here. i did this partly via a suggestion i received and partly because i have been a big fan of movies like 'the color of money', 'nobody's fool', and 'cat on a hot tin roof'. the smaller faces in this painting refer to a moment in 'cool hand luke'. there is some visual metaphor and a little word play here (apostle paul / cool hand luke?), but nothing too obvious. this piece is a companion to another painting of the same proportion and similar materials.... "THE WOMAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH", featuring doris day. i think it is fun to blend different types of iconography. the red halos, by the way, are resin windows embedded into the wood. the resin has a red transluscent dye, but contains, shell, glass, aluminum, and sequins.

CLICK HERE for a detail of this painting.

CLICK HERE to see work in progress images of this painting and it's companion.



photographed by tim barnwell
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APOSTLE OF COOL by =micahsherrill is strange because it's an excellent painting, but it also seems to be a 3-dimensional form by the way it is beautifully documented. Its unconventional frame is reminiscent of Stella, or Ryden's 'Angel of Meat'. Go fave Newman now. ( Featured by alchemism )
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Daaakota Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
Oh wow. I love Paul Newman. He was great in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (I loved him, not the movie so much, to altered from the play) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
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HalBaby Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
Definitely a fave! Paul Newman will be missed, he was one incredible actor!
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PuffDragon Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
I put this image in my Paul Newman tribute journal, hope you don't mind.
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
no problem. thanks for featuring it!
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:iconsuzanastojanovic:
suzanastojanovic Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This is excellent! I'm very impressed!
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much. love your horse work as well!
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suzanastojanovic Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the watch!
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tripping Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
theres already so much thats been said about all aspects of this piece that i dont think i need to repeat it. its brilliant.
i love the drama in it.
:heart:
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
i hadn't thought of it with that word, but i like that....drama! i hope that there is an inner conversation here. thank you for taking a look!
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tripping Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
ure most welcome. any DD by is something i make sure i dont miss!
hehe i guess im biased..he gave me my DD.
:D
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:iconneverrider:
NeverRider Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
RIP
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
what do you mean?
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:iconneverrider:
NeverRider Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
AW YEA!
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:iconryuuenx:
ryuuenx Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
This is awesome--unbelievably cool work. (Actually, having looked at your gallery, *all* of your work is pretty amazing!) :+fav:
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks so much! i am glad to know you looked around. your feedback is appreciated!
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RegMART Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006   Interface Designer
Wow, superb! Your style is so original. I luv this piece
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much! i think my style is really OCD, but i do what i can and i guess the style is how it turns out. glad you came by!
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smokingparrot Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
amazing. damn good homage to the undeniably cool Paul Newman. i bow in deference to your abilities.
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
i'm just slow and methodical i guess, but i am glad it turned out ok. paul newman is an interesting talent and this was fun to do. thanks for coming by!
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ghoststories Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006   Photographer
I. LOVE THIS. Amazing!
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much!
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:iconrkudryashov:
rkudryashov Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
Wow... pretty neat, and very well done.
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much!
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Heatherrr4 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
love
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much! :superman:
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kenziegunn Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
wow! that's so great. i love to see painters who go outside their rectangle limits. it's not the same at all, but it reminds me of a dali painting, in the shape of two figures. this is awesome though. couldn't have picked better complementing colours.
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micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah, i have a pretty tight comfort zone, but this was an effort to break my norm a little. glad you like it. i hadn't realized any similarities to dali. i'll have to look at my dali book soon!
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Chatterbox3rd Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
That's just simply amazing. so much depth! lovely work :)
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, i'm glad you came by!
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OnlyALass Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
That's REALLY cool! Paul Newman is great and that work is a lovely representation of him.

-Muse-
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! i tried to show him in my own way, but i hope he would approve of the likeness.
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Laartista Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006  Professional Photographer
This is just an amazing painting. I love the rings/circles behind Newman. They resemble halos which fits into the name of the piece. There's not one bad thing I can say about it. :+fav: Brilliant.
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micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much! the circles are a compositional device, but i also like that they imply something more at stake than the superficial. glad you like the painting!
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Laartista Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Professional Photographer
You're very welcome. :D
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:iconkadii:
Kadii Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
How much time did it take?
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
about two and a half or three weeks.
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VOLIVOD Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
Pretty awesome. The canvas kicks ass too.
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, i actually paint on wood!
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:iconvolivod:
VOLIVOD Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
Wow, now i'm really impressed.
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Shiznau Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
love the iconographic approach and the use of materials!! great work.
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for taking a look! playing with materials is what keeps it fun for me.
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zhoumlh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
it's a painting, omg.!
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for the fave and for checking out my gallery!
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:iconxlizx:
xlizx Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
The detail...THE DETAIL. Great composition too. :clap:
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:iconmicahsherrill:
micahsherrill Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah, sorry, i get tedious, i know. thanks for checking it out!
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