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wakeful by agnes-cecile wakeful by agnes-cecile

watercolor, charcoal and pen on paper (300g)
45cm x 60cm

work in progress [link]

Some time ago I saw this Samuel Aranda's photo on the web [link],
I was touched by the emotion of this pose, by the full and empty spaces of this embrace.

Samuel Arenda's website [link]
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Another beautiful work, the hair of the woman feels like there are many strands because of the white ink or white pen that you used and small dark lines at the top of her head.

The feeling I get over all is that the man is dying or dead and the woman is holding on to his lifeless body hopelessly and her eyes give the feeling of being red because she has been crying for hours over the loss, very powerful feeling convoyed through her red tired eyes.

The only thing I would have loved to seen is that the man's back (where the two blue drops of paint / watercolor are) would disappear. Showing that his "soul" or life is fading away.

In all, amazing piece.
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Gorgeous work with the woman's hair, first off, not just with the color bleeds and the scheme of it, but I love the touches of white gouache/masked areas for thin hair-strands within that large space, to remind us she had really long hair. I always like "outlining" subjects or objects with the space around them, e.g. their arms and the better part of the man's torso and neck, and to balance that, which is a very nice touch, you didn't add too much shading within his body - just enough to distinguish his arms and collarbone for the audience. What I like MOST about this, however, is the bit of red and yellow near her eye, because that little touch of heavier wash keeps the audience from zeroing in on the big dark shape of her hair and staying there, for when you squint at it, even though her "eye shadow" is a much smaller area than her hair, I find that I can see that equally as well as the big shape of her hair.

Very nice work, and so nicely balanced.
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Bellissimo, non ho parole.
erjumer Mar 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so fragile... very beautiful work!
really amazing your style Clap 
Semuele Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
Wooowww... beautiful artwork
Harri-Jm Jan 24, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful, I admire all your work. The colours are what gets me :)
From the woman's sad expression to the contrast between her and the almost colourless man, this is a beautiful piece!
In the photograph you used for inspiration, it looks as though the woman is comforting the man, but your version of this pose brings back memories of an unfaithful lover I once had.
In my imagination, the woman in your artwork is trying to grasp this ghost of a man, holding him to her body in a sign of ownership, wrapping her colours around him, inviting him into her heart/life/soul. But despite her efforts, she knows he will never really be hers, hence the intense sadness in her eyes.
I love your work!
Pencil-Is-My-Sword Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew you painted this before I even saw the name. This piece is so beautiful. All of your work is stunning and inspiring <3
colorcaust Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ bellissimo, che altro dire  = ).. 
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