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Kylie by theancientofdays
Todays' work, coffee on hot press, 10.5 inches by 11.5 inches, commissioned. The model for this one is my great niece, Kylie. ^_^ I chose hot press because I knew I'd be painting individual hairs - on cold press, the paper texture would have interfered with the hair.
Herra by theancientofdays
I'm still painting my students in coffee; I should get to them all in about eight months or so.  This is Herra, coffee on watercolour paper, 9" by 12".  When Herra joined her class, I asked her why she wanted to take art classes.  "Well, I enjoy art, but I'm not particularly good at it," she explained.  "That's why I'm here.  Because you're the Art Master."  I almost shot coffee out of my nose.  "Kid," I said, "You and me are going to get along great." :D

I'm starting to get a lot of queries for commissioned portraits, particularly in coffee.  I closed human portraiture commissions some time ago; the portraits I'm doing now are gifts for the students and those who've helped me in my travels. :)
Hashimoto by theancientofdays
I'm still working on completing coffee portraits of all of my students in coffee as a nice thank-you for helping to make the gallery a success.  This one is student Hashimoto, coffee on watercolour paper, 9" by 12". :)
Maggie by theancientofdays
This is another coffee portrait of one of my students - my goal is to try to complete a couple every week until I've painted all of them.  Kind of a gift for supporting the gallery.  This is Maggie, who is probably one of my most award-winning students.  She regularly takes home the blue-ribbon for her age group in our annual student exhibition.  Coffee on watercolour paper, 9" by 12". 
J Brent Bill by theancientofdays
J Brent Bill
This is another portrait painted in coffee, of my friend and fellow Quaker, J Brent Bill.  I did this one just for fun, and because I needed the practice with eyeglasses and beards.  The detail took a bit longer than on most of the other coffee portraits, but I like the heavy contrast.  Coffee on watercolour paper, 9" by 12".


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Chris Hagebak
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
Cook Islands
I'm a professional artist, gallery owner and art educator currently living in the United States. Although I'm primarily known as a watercolour portrait artist, I'm a generalist with an unusually wide repertoire of media and styles.
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  • Eating: Spaghetti
  • Drinking: Coffee.
I can't recall much about how arranging my deviations works - I have hundreds of paintings, but when I click "gallery", only about twenty show up.  Any ideas on how I can fix this?

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Red-Fox14 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, I didn't think I'd find you on DA.  I'm the student who was interviewing you yesterday, nice to find you on here.
TheMould Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Hiii. Remember me? ;) Hope you do!
Since I left Facebook, I hope you are still busy on dA as well ... ?
I'm back here after 5 years so I'm getting used again to the website haha.
Take care Mr H !! :)
theancientofdays Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hiya!  I haven't heard from you in a while!  I still have your work of my pooch Mojo Jojo hanging in my study. :)  I'm on DA only every once in a while; I use it kind of as an extra storage place for work that I need to keep a record of.  I don't even bother to photograph most of the work I do anymore.  Did you hear about the exhibition I was in at the Tokyo Met? 
TheMould Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Offf yeah long story! Let's say: falling in love can get you quite busy haha.
After a long-distance relationship that got me to St. Nowhere, and led me astray from the Path of Art ;), I am back once more whoo <3
I found myself a charming chap, a nice little home and a life of my own :)
Now I have finally internet again in my new home and after I'm completely settled (omg cleaning a house is like a fulltime job as well!) I will start uploading my drawings again and I'm working on my own website which I soon hope to "launch".

I'm very happy that you are still hanging around here as well, mr. H. !! :D
Of course, your magnificent Murdoc watercolour painting has moved along with me from my room to my own little house.
I'll show you a photo when I'm done decorating the place.
Nice to hear you still have my Mojo painting as well :)
Oh no please tell me about your Tokyo nights :D er, exhibition!
Criddie-BeyondImages Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hello! I wanted to see if you take request- i am seeking someone to do painting for me. 8x10 being the smallest.
kach-back Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
Hey there Chris, after a much extended absence I am back. I just completed my first watercolour of size in the last three years, so I thought I would come back and rejoin dA. I hope all is well with you, Warren.
PoPsicleJen Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
theancientofdays Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
And a hearty hello to you as well. ^_^
eletfa-galeria Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice gallery , congratulations -)

Happy New Year ! :-)

JZino Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Artist
Look what I am STILL doing with that awesome coffee stain technique you taught me: [link]
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