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Mar 14, 2011, 8:57:03 AM
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Garden in the ceiling by agnes-cecile Garden in the ceiling by agnes-cecile

A quick portrait with watercolor.

Speed painting: [link]
the title is just a song of World's End Girlfriend.
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Critique by Ashinson Mar 15, 2011, 10:03:41 AM
First impressions hit the hardest - This painting has impact. The Red / Blue color scheme works with all the variant tones blending together to be it's own color context without bombardment nor being minimalistic. Keeping the blue hues as the base sets up a melancholy mood that automatically requires a second or deeper look.

The subject is pretty having slim neck line, jaw and cheeks. However it's the eyes the draw you. There is an obvious attention to the eyes. As a quick painting, putting attention here seems to be the best decision. There is less attention, rightfully so, the artist made a choice (whether conscious or not who knows) to let the eyes tell the story. The eyes show a deep gaze, a long suffering, a focus unwavering only softened within the borders of her face by full feminine lips. With the mix of color, the lips however full still appear slightly dry. Again it seems the eyes remain the anchor of the composition. Her hair shape has style, she is or once was of class and standing but appears on the disheveled side and that helps us keep looking into her eyes. If everything were too neat coif-wise, we might settle in on some other details. As you peer into her eyes, notice the reds burning irritation.

As for the drip, IMO drips add tension and unrest in a painting, pointing to the fact that all men are like grass and the flower of grass, meaning temporal and easily erased / effaced. As for the color flick, they break up the outer edge of the hair line, which works.

Overall this is a wonderful painting. I didn't research what parameters "quick" implies, but it doesn't matter. If I was to add anything of critique on the negative side would be that perhaps a slightly larger canvas may have been used while keeping the subject in the lower right corner. This may have added to the draw of the eyes.

Great work, a wonderful example of watercolor.
Thanks for requesting a critique - they are never easy as the artist is always vulnerable.
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I think this piece is very simple yet holds so much emotion in it. Really, I feel it's the eyes. They are what turns this from just a painting of a face to something more.

I really like how you used the white gel pen. It's something that most people wouldn't think to do, but it gives that extra kick. I also like how you keep in mind those small details that most artist tend to ignore, such as the area around the lips and the details in the eye lids.

And maybe it's just your choice of music with the video, but I've always gotten the feeling from this painting that this is someone who is being consumed by something and can do nothing to stop it.

All in all, I can find nothing negative about this. I think you are a wonderful artist and your work is inspiring.
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Laurens-World Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Very cool! :heart:
Elizab3th-23 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so cool :heart:
SAMY2690 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
I LOVE the darkness in it 
Cobler Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love this style.....
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have been fascinated with your work since I first discovered you online about a year ago.  I've watched your videos on YouTube.  You are amazing to watch.  But I must apologize, I cannot choose a favorite.  I love them all:)
frabecchia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
wow! :)
DrawingMom Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I admire your work -- so beautiful, colorful and free. I wish my hand would allow myself to paint more freely -- I'm much too constricted, and that shows in my work. Lovely art as usual. I always look forward to seeing your new paintings! :)
luludubois Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of my favorites paintings of all times! You're a great painter! I wish i could paint as you do. I see poetry and a whole story on this pic... really really love it since the first time i saw this. One day i'll turn this one in a tattoo on my skin! :D
LettyJo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
I watched the making of before i saw this… I love your style, it is really beautiful <3 What is it for a pen you use at the end for the white parts?
The eyes are so .. wow! Great job!
Lozano30 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the video,nits so nice..
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