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Pow wow Dance'n
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Pow wow Dancin'
Pow wow Dancin'
Annual Bear Mountain Pow Wow at Bear Mtn, NY
Artistically rendered to give a sense of the explosiveness of the dancer in his full bustle of Eagle feathers, ankle bells and colorful vest and shirt!

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Dr Silly
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    Beautiful piece of colorful art. :O)

8/10/2007 10:19:50 AM

 
Tarun Bose
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Excellent art work, Norman.

8/10/2007 11:32:54 AM

 
Melissa A. McDonald
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Absolutely beautiful work Norman! I love the energy and colors...

8/10/2007 11:50:22 AM

 
Steve M. Harrington
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I think this is one of my favorites, Norm. I can feel the dance.
Steve

8/10/2007 7:24:28 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Norman, great colors and effects.

8/10/2007 8:26:15 PM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Hi Doc, Tarun, Melissa, Steve & Janine!

Thanks to you all for the warm and encouraging comments made on this image.

This pic was taken at one of my favorite Pow wows of the season at Bear Mtn, NY.

It takes place in a large open field atop a small rise and is completely surrounded by forest. The atmosphere is perfect and with a little imagination, one can project back in time for a wonderful experience.

From the parking lot, a quarter of a mile away, you can hear the drummers singing and can fantisize that you are approaching a village 150 years ago!

Thanks all, again
Norm

8/11/2007 7:16:41 AM

 
Paul Hamar

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Hi Norm, It's been awhile since we chat...Great job on the pow wow dancer, very cool effect, looks like an oil finger paint, very cool....

8/11/2007 10:21:02 AM

 
Elizabeth A. Marker
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Hello Norm! I really love this image! You have truly captured the Native American Spirit! I can gaze into this image and hear the drums as the warrior proudly dances in honor of his ancestors and heritage! Beautifully done! Liz

8/11/2007 9:26:27 PM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Paul and Elizabeth, thanks for the warm and encouraging comments!

Paul: I have not posted for awhile, but seem refreshed now so will be checking on all my BP friends.

Elizabeth: This is a subject close to my heart, having amongst others, NDN heritage.

Norm

8/13/2007 7:35:38 AM

 
Kimi A. Phillips
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It is so good to have you back, Norm! I have missed your creative endeavors so much! Beautiful, colorful, insightful...

8/13/2007 9:21:11 AM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Hey Kimi!

It's good to feel the energy flow again. I was busy with our outdoor retail business, but also felt a little dry in the creation area (smile) so I took some time off.

Thanks for missing me and for the warm comments.

Norm

8/13/2007 9:55:25 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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I love the vibrant colours and energy in this work Norman ~ wonderful image ~ good luck!
susie

8/15/2007 12:12:34 AM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Thanks Susie, for the very nice comment and wishes!

Norm

8/15/2007 6:48:30 AM

 
David Pratt
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Hey Norm! Glad to see you back! Amzing piece of work here. I can feel the energy and amazing movement in this image. A terrific capture and work of art Norm!

8/15/2007 7:54:07 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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This is awesome, Norm. I found myself mesmerized by the colors, movement and energy of this image. This is one I would definitely print and hang on my wall. It's going into my favs. Great work!!!!!!!!

8/26/2007 10:41:29 PM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Hi Dave & Sherry, thanks for your warm comments!

Sherry thanks for adding this one to your favs. It has already generated some sales interest. We'll see what happens. (smile)

Because of the vibrancy of the colors in the original I decided to see if I could enhance it using Artrage2, a fantastic paint program.

Norm

8/27/2007 8:04:40 AM

 
Carol Teal
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Excellent work Norman! I can close my eyes and see them dancing around a fire many years ago! I have a bit of Cherokee in me, and in my younger days, I looked more the part. In fact, I used to braid strands of my hair and ride my Appaloosa in parades. :)

9/11/2007 12:38:18 AM

 
Steve M. Harrington
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Good on you, Norm!
Steve

9/21/2007 3:49:23 PM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Hey Steve, thanks for the comment!

It's been so long since I've posted that I almost forgot about it. (smile)

Norm

9/21/2007 6:32:38 PM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Ha'u Carol!

Please forgive me for not replying sooner, but I've been busy with our little business and havent been checking in at BP to see what's up!

Norm

9/21/2007 6:35:49 PM

 
Joan Powell
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Congrats on your stunning image !!

9/21/2007 7:18:20 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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Congrats, Norman, on this finalist. This is still one of my all-time favorites!!!

9/21/2007 7:36:43 PM

 
Carol Teal
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Hurray Norman! I am glad to see this one with a medal and I hope it changes to gold in a few days! I love this!

9/21/2007 9:55:41 PM

 
David Pratt
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Congratulations Norm!

9/22/2007 4:24:25 AM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Thanks so much, Joan, Sherry, Carol & David, I appreciate your warm support.

I been away from BP for awhile & I'm itching to get back on track! (smile)

Norm

9/22/2007 1:50:58 PM

 
Elizabeth A. Marker
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Congratulations Norm!! Love This Image!

9/22/2007 8:05:52 PM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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Congratulation Norman for this beautiful win !!!

9/24/2007 10:24:31 AM

 
Dr Silly
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Congratulations Norman on your Gold win. :O)

9/24/2007 10:54:30 AM

 
Susan T. Evans
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Norman, this is so cool, love the colors, congrats on your winner!!!

9/24/2007 12:10:23 PM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Elizabeth, Philippe, Dr S and Susan, thanks very much for your nice comments. They are much appreciated!

Norm

9/24/2007 3:53:18 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Awesome DD, Norman!! Big congratulations on your win!

9/24/2007 6:28:21 PM

 
David Pratt
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Great 2nd place win Norm! Congratulations!

9/24/2007 6:31:03 PM

 
Joan Powell
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Congrats on your outstanding work !!

9/24/2007 7:07:54 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your second place winner.

9/24/2007 7:42:56 PM

 
Lorri Shank
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Congratulations on your win, Norm. This is a beautiful piece of art!

9/24/2007 7:50:44 PM

 
Carol Teal
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Hurray Norm, I just knew this one would get the gold! I love the colors and effects on this one! Excellent!

9/25/2007 12:44:25 AM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Evy, David, Joan, Kay, Lorri & Carol, I greatly appreciate your wonderful support and warm comments!

All you guys are what make BP such a nice place to be part of!

Norm

9/25/2007 10:50:38 AM

 
Steve M. Harrington
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Way to go, Norm. I'm pleased for you.
Steve

9/25/2007 1:45:33 PM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Thanks Steve, much appreciated!

Norm

9/27/2007 4:48:19 PM

 
Jane Summa
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Congrats, Norm!!! Fascinating creation! I love the deep, bold colors!
What time of year do they have this Pow Wow?

9/28/2007 10:31:49 PM

 
Robert S. Grauer
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Norman the judges are blind again. This is by far the best shot in the digital darkroom category. You deserved First Place!!!

9/29/2007 12:13:00 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Norman, congratulations on your Second Place Win!

9/29/2007 1:12:40 PM

 
Bill Wyatt
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This is awesome the colors are explosive and the artistic effects terrific, Norman!

10/1/2007 7:24:01 AM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Jane, Robert, Janine & Bill, so sorry for the late reply. Been out on the trail for awhile!

Thanks to you all for the very nice and encouraging comments on this image.

Robert: you get my vote for the new head of contest selections. (big smile)

Jane: This Pow wow is held in August in Anthony Wayne State Park just around the bend from Bear Mountain, NY.

Norm

10/3/2007 9:10:19 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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What a dazzling "painterly conversion" you've achieved here! Congratulations on the win!

10/11/2007 3:39:53 PM

 
Jennie A. Dillman
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WELL, AS YOU CAN SEE HAVEN'T BEEN ON HERE IN AWHILE..YOU AND SUSAN PEEK-SWINT ARE THE FIRST I GO TO.. HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN YOU ALL.. YOU DO VERY GOOD WORK..OF COURSE I LIKE TO DO SOMETHING LIKE YOU DO, BUT NOT AS WELL OF COURSE.. THIS IS GREAT, MAY TRY ART RAGE.. JENNIE..

10/16/2007 6:13:04 AM

 
paola A. Jofre
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Congratulations Norm!

Beautiful piece of art!! Love the vibrant colors in your piece.
Always a pleasure to see your work, very creative !

10/20/2007 6:22:30 AM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Christopher, Jennie and Paola, please forgive my late reply. I have been busy away from BP for awhile.

Thank you all so much for your nice comments regarding this piece.

Jennie: Good to hear from you. Do try ArtRage. You can download a free ver. to try out. It is a great little program that has a lot of potential for creative application.

Norm (with a Smile)

10/20/2007 7:38:26 AM

 
Jennie A. Dillman
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HEY, NORMAN (WITH A SMILE).. MAY JUST TRY THAT.. I NOW HAVE BROADBAND HERE IN THE MT. WHERE I AM.. SO PROGRAMS WON'T TAKE LONG TO DOWNLOAD... BUT, I THINK ARTRAGE ISN'T A LARGE ONE SO THAT SHOULD BE EASY..
WOULD LOVE TO SEE ONE OF THOSE POWWOWS...LOVE YOUR WORK.. I AM GOING TO DO SOME SPAMMIN ON YOU... LOOK AT MY LAST, COWBOY UP..IF YOU DON'T CARE AND HAVE TIME.. I HAVE FOTO'S ON SOAPHOTO.. SOME HAVE GIVEN ME THE NICKNAME, 'MIND TRAVELER'.. THIS IS THE ONY WAY I CAN CREATE ANYTHING..DON'T VISIT PLACES TO GET DIFFERENT FOTO.. TAKE CARE, JENN..

10/20/2007 11:38:13 AM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Hey Jennie, thanks for the lovely comment regarding this picture.

Glad that you guys now have BB in your area so that you won't have to sit and wait for your downloads.
Sorry for having taken so long to reply, but we have been pretty busy around here. (smile)

Norm

11/5/2007 6:35:28 AM

 
Jennie A. Dillman
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CONGRATS!! I KNEW THIS WOULD WIN SOMETHING.. I HAVE AN 'EYE' FOR GOOD FOTO'S.. THAT IS WHY I CHECK YOUR GALLERY WHEN I CAN..JEN.

11/5/2007 10:12:07 AM

 
Rhonda Burger
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I love this image. It is wonderful in every way. Nice job Norman. Rhonda

11/8/2007 3:27:16 PM

 
Norman P. Banks
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Hi Rhonda. Glad you like this one!

I wanted to do something a little different with this image. I have a great little paint program called ArtRage. It allows one to really play around, so I did and this is the result! (smile)

Norm

11/9/2007 7:20:23 AM

 
Boris Kirpichnikov
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Big congratulations on this awesome winner,Norman!I love everything about this image!

12/2/2007 5:39:58 PM

 
Jennie A. Dillman
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EVER TRY PAINTER X, OR PHOTO POS PRO.. YOU WOULD PROBABLY DO GOOD ON THOSE IF YOU HAVEN'T TRIED THEM ALL READY...YOU SO GOOD AT THIS...JENN..

12/2/2007 7:02:12 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Congratulation on this well-deserved winner,Norman!!!

2/17/2008 2:03:35 PM

 
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