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Dr. Paul Kurtz by HeatherHorton Dr. Paul Kurtz by HeatherHorton
Dr. Paul Kurtz
2007
Oil On Canvas
28"x22"

Private Collection, Williamsville, NY, U.S.A.

This painting was commissioned by Dr. Kurtz, a huge influence in the secular humanist movement today....I believe it is going to hang in the Center For Inquiry in Amherst, NY.
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GOTYCKI Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
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cemresngl Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
it\'s very beautiful!
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buskerdog Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
He's an inspiration, and so are you.
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bananalicious Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
definately sense the change from your poetic/mellow atmospheric style to a look of reality like snap shot moment.. so flexible.. i love it
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WhiteBlade3000 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
Great painting! You definitely have talent. I love how the features in the picture are firm but soft-natured... if that makes sense.
I'm actually in the process of reading his book "In Defense of Secular Humanism," and I finished reading the Humanist Manifestoes a little while back. I agree--he is a very bright man, and I hope to be able to set up a short interview with him in the near future.
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aixado Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
beautiful portrait ¡¡¡¡
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HolyHomework Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
I dig on Kurtz, and your work very much.
I too would love to paint portraits of 'enlightened' people.
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HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like Kurtz too...he's a sharp one he is...

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liviaa Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
GREAT WORK, BRAVISSIMA
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Bobby-Brown Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
you really have to teach me how to paint like that its so great XD
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zamfir Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
I love it, also a big fan of the man himself. If you get any better though I don't think I'll have any respect left for my own rather lazy approach to art. How many hours a day do you paint? I can barely find time to brush my teeth.
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HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Not as much as you'd think...I aim for 5 hours a day...though it's usually more like 4 or so with some other work on website or whatnot...some days it's 6 though...
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zamfir Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Well, that's not bad... And you are apparently quite productive in the time you've got.

I hear Lucien Freud paints 8 or more hours a day religiously. Wish I had that kind of time.
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Stefilicious Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
looks awesome.
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Rich-Masses Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
i love you work sooooo much! your style is beautiful.
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flunkmaster Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
I love how you painted his hands...so sensitive.
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ElphabaSoup Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
Nice! And the Center for Inquiry is right behind the college I go to. Crazy.
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Landscapist Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful portrait
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papiland Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
Outstanting piece! Its very powerful yet not as rigid as it could be. I enjoy getting your art in my deviation box, its so inspiring.
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marcioyaguiu Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
Great work.......
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MBoulad Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
Wonderful portrait! I like that he looks relaxed and approachable, and as always your technique is beautiful.

And thanks for giving me a reason to look him up, it was an interesting read :)
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reddiva Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
nice one!
you've captured his "doctorness" (for lack of a better word) very well... in that he looks knowledgeable as well as kind.

great work :D
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ordinarygentleboy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
amazing as usual.
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JOFX Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Professional Artist
bestefar
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f0rTyLeGz Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
Bravo!
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
O.o amazing! even the objects around him! wow!
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paintedangel Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
Very classic. Quite National Portrait Gallery (London).

From a photo you took yourself or one provided by those who commissioned the piece?
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HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
He gave me free reign to take photos as I liked. I liked his informal nature and thus the painting is pretty informal, yet with a hint of academia in the background.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing, i like looking to all the details you created here...
how long did it take you to finish it? Thanks:)
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HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd wager maybe 40hours? Not sure though...

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j0rosa Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
it's definitely quite an effort, i can tell from the finished product, it's great!!!
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rixpix Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
Wonderful work - I remember Paul Kurtz well famous skeptic and debunker of all manner of superstition

great painting
Good luck with the show - is there any work stil unsold?? . . . ;-)
(Bflo trip is still a possibilty 10/6 or so I'll keep you posted)

regards
Richad
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HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Richard,

There are about 5 of 21 paintings still unsold...almost there! LOL...thanks for your feedback. Yes, he's a very very interesting person. So wise...I hope he likes it!!
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jjackm Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007   Traditional Artist
secular humanism, I kinda like that concept...
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HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It's pretty cool....I'm totally interested in it....he's so bright it's scary.
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bromine-street Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
the dark left side is very strong, nice contrast with the light on the skin
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papaspaulding Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
Nice work! your brush strokes seem so much bolder and confident in this painting.
I love the work on the trousers and shirt!
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dumboink Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
truly amazing work... :clap:
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uzay Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
wonderful
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