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Garden in the ceiling


A quick portrait with watercolor.

Speed painting: [link]
the title is just a song of World's End Girlfriend.
Image details
Image size
900x600px 347.88 KB
Canon EOS 500D
Shutter Speed
1/50 second
Focal Length
33 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Mar 14, 2011, 8:57:03 AM
Sensor Size
© 2011 - 2022 agnes-cecile
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Your work is hauntingly beautiful she gives off an air of sadness and strength.

Your lines are strong and definite and your small details with the white gel pen changes the peice so much you brought her to life and your colors work together so well her beauty is overwhelming and your skill with this unpredictable medium is breathtaking.

It's amazing how you can show her neck and shoulders without any definite lines. I just cant seem to stop looking at her, and it seems that I keep repeating myself she is just amazing it's so hard to critique this she's just more than words can describe.
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i love how simple the colour scheme is for this artwork and I defiantly think it helps reflect the emotions in the piece, especially in the eyes. THe contrast between the red and the blue work very well and again, help reflect the emotions of the piece.

THe abstract style you've used really makes this piece of work unique and i especially love the idea of using white gel pen to add small details, making the overall piece even more breathtaking. I love the use of paint splatters for hair and the simplicity of it helps draw the view to the eyes which are the most detailed part of the painting.

overall this is a very original piece which has defiantly help inspire a lot of artist here on deviant art. very well done!
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The expression captured here is striking; the music accompanying the video for the painting compliments the style and color palette well. It’s also been stuck in my head for days, thanks. The technique used in this painting and many others I see on your profile is quite forgiving—any ‘mistakes’ can be regarded as just circumstances which identify the image as unique. This is something I like about the image and style a lot. It’s very effective. Whether it was intentional or not to capture weight in the eyes and gesture of the brow I don’t know but it is this with the deep gaze and which I think makes the image very impacting.

I think you realized yourself to be more conservative with the white pen, going back on the lips was a good idea to darken them, and they seem to need more visual weight to compensate for the deep cool blues on surrounding contours. This also provides a really cool effect, very sharp imprint to the left of the image where you’ve used this to create some separation (her right eye and hair).

It would be interesting to see effects of salts used on the hair, very little though—just some lights variations. Or natural sponge…

I love your choice of colors for this as well. I don’t think the neckline or collarbone area to be too narrow, it’s perfect. You’ve made great use of contrasting edges, this draws of course a lot of power to the eyes. What stood out to me in the end was the bleeding nose but after looking at the painting so often (desktop background) it’s easily ignored and blends with the style overall.

Here is a link to a 1920x1200 res wallpaper I put together using this image for my desktop background. The crumpled paper texture I found on Google image search.
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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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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.
agnes-cecile's avatar
thank you. (:
it's a right critique for a quick and unpretentious painting like this.
Ashinson's avatar
good - I'm happy to do so. I'll agree unpretentious on both our parts - thanks
Redsterfish's avatar
Great art, outstanding technique!!! :) 
Really nice of you to show in the vid!
Sokomomoko2nd's avatar
so much emotion in one painting.i love it.
moondesiree's avatar
This is so beautiful! <3
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NagChampaKabra's avatar
I love how your work looks like it encompasses the aura and emotion of the person and thing happening.
khanf's avatar
This watercolour portrait is mind blowing, love it ;D
Hannahjanelee's avatar
This looks quite a bit different than the video! I love your style so much. I do portraits in acrylic, but I want to start trying to do watercolor a bit more because I have the paints but I just need to get the inspiration to do it.

Do you have a FAQ? If not, may I ask what paper you use? 
I honestly wish that I had even the slightest talent for watercolor. Your work is stunning. Flowing, alive, a moment in time captured in a blink. I have to attribute this to the fluidity of the medium as well as to the gift of the artist.
Kahvinporo's avatar
This portrait is very interesting! I love how it is a mix of abstract and realistic art, and you truly know how to blend them together. Good work! < :
TeasinglyGood's avatar
Hauntingly beautiful.
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padmakrishna's avatar
just came to see this painting,my all time favourite..:)
I LOVE the darkness in it 
Cobler's avatar
Love this style.....
artbyfieldsofsage's avatar
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:)
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