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The Family Tree by nosurprises The Family Tree by nosurprises
32" x 48"
acrylic on masonite

Part one of a series I am slowly building. The theme is different interpretations on how the outside world views America. Some might say it's cliché, but how I plan on approaching it might make up for face value opinions. This particular painting is not finished, as I plan on adding several oil glazes for depth, and some scumbling for both detail and color. The history behind this piece is a conversation I had with a Russian guy not too long ago, and something he said about American family values spawned a mental image of this. I deliberated painting this for a while, because I am in college and such dark imagery can make or break certain facets of shows, opinions, money, etc. However, I've decided to never again spoonfeed my work to the public, so enjoy. Comments appreciated.

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By request of many, the story behind this piece: I once had a conversation with a Russian foreign exchange student about the things they value in his country. He said that he and everyone he'd ever known from his home valued family above all else. I nodded and agreed that I personally shared a similar viewpoint. To this he said "No no no, I don't think a lot of you Americans feel that way. Seems like you forget about your family right when you leave the home to become an adult. It's like you might as well hang your family out to dry." What he meant was that we hang them out to dry like laundry, but his tone and context sparked this imagery in my head and was the primary inspiration for this piece.
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"Intense" is the word that comes to mind when you view The Family Tree by ~nosurprises. The sheer amount of symbolism, coupled with such a vivid palette creates an incredible composition. ( Featured by limnides )
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Brandoch-Daha Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Powerful, intense!
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TheSemiMoon Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lov u :D
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Waldrim Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really nice one...
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MikeGould Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it is often important to step back and look at things like society from the outside. We all have a tendency to look at what we have and not be able to understand why everyone else doesn't want the same. Yet we can often get too wound up in our own dreams. The world is diverse and we can learn from other societies as they can learn from us. Your comment on spoonfeeding the public resonates. A few years ago I came to the realisation that while you are creating your work is personal to you, your vision. Once it goes into tg the public domain it becomes everyones. The important thing is that it makes people think - change comes from within.        
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Ebrius-ART Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist
awesome!!!
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Windowsill7 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
This looks awesome
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tlejeck Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Brilliant work! Love the color choice especially. :)
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Dziecko-we-mgle Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
very interesting work
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Matbuk Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
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an artistic contest in Milan!
Check it out!
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StudioRhapsody Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whoa.
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AronBack Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
somehow the fact that you included the dog makes this picture more intense :) i like it really much:D
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metalgolem Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Amazing work.
Reblogged through tumblr.
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SheBecomesTheCure Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Interesting concept... I like the colors.
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katehlouise Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student Photographer
Oh, this is brilliant!
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Gorbanzo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I really enjoy that you paint with meaning.. great acrylic work
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IRAtheIV Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
masonite is so much better than canvas
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TheFulkrum Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
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nosurprises Featured By Owner May 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
cheers
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TheFulkrum Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
no worries :)
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Tigglett Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
Nicely done
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FlameYinYang Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, this is pretty much what my family tree looks like.

Nice work. I like the dark feel that the shadows and coloring grant the composition.
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M-Eckert Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
This is a truly brilliant piece of work and I think is open to many interpretations. I love that the colors add so much mood. Nice work!
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gabrielbuisson55 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Nice !
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TheStoryNeverEnds Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm...eerie, but cool. Very imaginative.
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nuckinfuts-xD Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Dude, this is crazy but totally awesome :D
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uwagagryze Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
This is the best work i've recently seen. Perfect! And these colours! Mmm...
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VENEZOLANO777 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
why the dog? :( lol
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stelbailey Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Intense!
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ZiggyRichardson Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Awesome.
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keyminor Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
O__O
just wow.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Incredible! Intense and jarring piece. Jarring in a good, effective way :D
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ntyme89 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
that's badass man. very very nice
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Anemetta Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
scary cool pic
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PurpleSugar Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
LOVE it
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uniqueen2004 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Dark, disturbing, but very eloquent. And I agree, you should never spoonfeed your work to the public. If you do, your best will never show.
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Sydabee Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes. :clap:
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Melladreams Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
I love to draw trees, this one is wonderful in everyway. great work! It makes me wonder what the root structure wood look like....it makes me think, to be lost within a picture, to me that is good art!
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Raven-Dementia Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Trippy. Nice concept! =)
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Beclos Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Wow :wow: This is so beautiful and so creepy! I just LOVE it! :love:
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engeltjemaeli Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010   General Artist
is that a dog? poor dog, what did he do wrong to end up like this? D':
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nosurprises Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
that is the question
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kamakadze Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
ohhh god i love it!! :aww: i love the expression in tree's face :dance: :aww:
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runbeat Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
JESUS CHRIST.

I fucking love this.

It's so intense, twisted and heart-breakingly honest.

I wanna, uh, eat it.
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MBKKR Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Comming along nicely.
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AsatorArise Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
great job i love the tree
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DiscoFrankenstein3 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
If we come to the point when we cant, for whatever reasons ,Transfer our imagery in our heads to canvas,Then art will become dead, We all know this...

Its the broader majorities that will condemn free thinking in the arts,through fear and social precepts..

I wish that I had painted your piece, it is wonderful.
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loserXface Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
hi, do you attend ecu?
sorry for the weird question,
i went there for a high school art field trip a year or two ago,
and i saw this painting in a student made sale.
i absolutely loved it! i stood and stared at it forever.
i saw a sculpture of it as well, i think, while on the tour of the art department.

amazing artwork :D
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nosurprises Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009   Traditional Artist
Not a weird question at all, and yes I do still attend ECU. I'm delighted to hear that you both enjoyed and remembered my work. It's very humbling to hear such things. Are you thinking of attending ECU?
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loserXface Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
it's no problem :) it was one of the more memorable ones i've seen there and i've been on that field trip each year throughout high school. i'm attending a community college right now and then plan to transfer soon. i'm not quite sure to where at the moment though.
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nosurprises Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009   Traditional Artist
ah, what field of study are you looking in to?
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