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just one in a thousand by agnes-cecile just one in a thousand by agnes-cecile

I made this painting for the 1000Drawings project, it's a one night exhibition for charity in Amsterdam, on May the 11th. There will be 1000 drawings for sale for the same low, accessible price (€10).. this is my partecipation to the event. So, I hope that someone among you will find my little watercolor and buy it!

Proceeds will be donated to support FairPen, which helps children in Uganda to run an editorial office with their peers, investigate issues, think critically, and publish handwritten, handdrawn newspapers to each other and to their local communities.

1000Drawings Website - [link]
1000Drawings Facebook - [link]

speed painting: [link]

watercolor on paper (250g)
size: 21cm x 15cm
time: 1 hour and half
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I adore this piece!! Your use of color gives it a sense of chaos that is very cohesive! The eyes leave the viewer curious, wondering what is in the distance? Very intriguing....that something you captured that many other artist miss in their pieces. I would have to say that my favorite part of this piece would have to be the eyes. You painted them beautifully, leaving a sort of sparkle that allows room for wonder and imagination. One thing I enjoy about art is that it is up for interpretation, you can have different views and even give it a back story.. This is what you have done here :D you have given it a back story.. Really lovely work, keep it up!
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As one who has immense difficulty in using watercolors, that alone allows me to appreciate such work and craftsmanship. The expression of the face combined with the runny colors on the right side create a breathtaking amount of emotion. The combination also makes it appear as though the colors are coallescing to form the person's face, with more and more details appearing as the eye goes from right to left when looking at this picture. The work put into the details of the irises and eyebrows is incredible, and this work overall evokes admiration from me, which is uncommon, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way.
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SHRMBO Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  New Deviant Student Interface Designer
good work =D
Hussain2999 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
I'm in love with this portraits it makes my emotions mixed, and I think it is time to get this gorgeous painting. I don't know what to do to get it, I mean what its size, price and what about the shipment? also there is another painting, which is "Gestures" I really want them both. waiting you to text me back.
FrogStar-23 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Just included your speed painting video here -…
ok17599 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Student General Artist
woow 1 hour and half and this... YOU ARE THE BEST! :D
fjparedes Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It's just amazing, makes it look easy to do something so complex. awesome
SergioArtist Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
It is very very very very expressive risky for the blue shadows and blue is the king of shadows and also has a touch of sensuality love the truth
Serhnz Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
I like your work ! :)
UnbearableME Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
stunning :)
Benaissa-Bendaoud Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014   General Artist
beautiful work

joecookjc Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
URGH! This is so beautiful! I wish I could have bought it. 

If you have anymore of this style and if they are for sale, I'd love to see them!
Wednessday98 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I saw you paint this on YouTube, and I just want to say this is truley magnificent, and so beautiful.
juliustiz Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hi, i have found your painting here as a placard:…
j40climb Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
This is a beautiful piece. It changed the way I think about watercolor and inspired me to start painting with it.
McCauleyONeill Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student General Artist
A piece that successfully brought me to the artistic being known as Agnes-Cecile.
Absolutely tremendous and extremely inspiring.

Just Beautiful
electranne Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is the first piece of yours that I ever saw, and I was instantly amazed by your awesome talent. Clap 
mooihimamorichan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
This is probably the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life - Even more beautiful than James Franco.
Lilona9999 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful!Heart 
emilioerandu Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Just to tell you I've seen two different copies (from different "artists") of this beautiful paint of your's in the last three exhibitions I've gone here in Guadalajara, México.
I'm in love.
MelleRoze Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional Artist
FatimaZahraeM Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work is featured here:… :meow:
Kanzarean Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
I loved watching your youtube video of this painting! Her eyes just came to life before your eyes while you watched. 
Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
theegamee Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
There's a video on Youtube of someone painting this exact picture, weird.
OroMolio Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've seen this watercolour in a Dj website...and thougt maybe its art stolen...maybe not...
just posting the link if its useful...

BeastDoodler Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Oh wow, I can't believe I came across your art! you were my inspiration when I tried to watercolor a girl. I saw your video on youtube! I epically failed but still very nice!
Rakaara92 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
so beautiful 10/10 =)
Vorvayne Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just a stupidly beautiful painting, my favourite of all your works I think.

I look at this watercolour and I think, man, why would you paint a nice seascape when you could paint like *this*? Really using the medium in an amazing way here, it has so much potential and you wring every last gasp of expression. It's a joy to see such vibrant colours, watercolour works are sometimes so bland as if that's how they're supposed to be.
AndyGAF Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So Beautiful! I loved!
Chelle161 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
I adore this
andyjables1 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't even know where to begin... This is so good. Word can't describe.
aaminah-snowdon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
beautiful x
Yurievich Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student
Good job!
Perfling Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I wish I could buy this... :(
Kobanaa Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her expression is so memerising. It makes you think about what's behind her eyes
FishyWwizerdPrince Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is so beautiful. I really wish I end up as good as you one day!
kagapeme Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013   Writer
ChildrenofOsirisArt Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am brought to tears every time I look at this painting.
I am speechless.
This piece is so powerful, yet at the same time serene and beautiful.

I admire the voice in your artwork so much.
dantxal Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Loved it! Loved It! Amazing, I loved it! OMG

It remembers me of a very friend of mine, even the name of the work. As she would always say she is "just a normal girl".Amazing expression, in the eyes, I could stare at it an entire day. The way her hair falls and mostly I love de colors at the right the way they are...just amazing. Bravo! Sorry for the messy commentary x.x

I love the technique. I gotta learn how to paint like this. haha >.<
PhilipCruz30 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
my ultimate favorite watercolor painting of all time.. amazing!!
hyacinthum Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
This is beautiful!! :love:
Might I ask if you used a reference? Because I simply love the eyes and would like to try drawing them :D
BlueEyedJuniper Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Zavivyx Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
ingushegvik Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
OMG! i have been watching this speed draw around 14 times, and now when i was randomly looking through your drawings i see this!!!!!!! <3<3<3 i love it so much!!
Lyd23 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, I thought I recognized this! I watched your speed painting video on YouTube a while ago, and to come across you on DeviantArt is just awesome! :D I really love this painting, and all your work, really. :)
blu-eis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Alice99sa Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   Artist
Wow beautiful
96lightDN Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hjpryor Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is my favorite of yours. I watch your video to get inspired.
flora-the-awesome Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I just saw the video for this in my art class.
Leisures Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Ive already saw your speed up painting on youtube, and its was so beautiful :)
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