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

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© 2013 - 2022 agnes-cecile
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This is a beautiful piece. I love your use of color and texture. The skin tones have so many colors in them, but still look washed out and sickly. Really well done. Those yellow eyes are piercing and captivating. Really beautiful.

If I had one critique for this piece it would be that the child feels very stiff. Perhaps that's on purpose, but the brush and the colors are so expressive, as is the expression. But their body feels dead to me. I think that if even a subtle line of action were used they would feel much more alive.

Really beautiful piece. Very nice job.
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I've seen your artwork alot and i adore your works. Although i am new to deviantart, i see good pieces of work when i see them

In this image, it portrays a child in the arms of a faceless figure. The child looks at the observer in a pleading manner, a silent cry for help. Her tears are golden and appear bright in contrast of the colder colors used. The fact that the childs eyes are a bright yellow/orange could be seen as a metaphor that her fighting spirit or 'fire' has not yet burned out, and she is determined to escape out of the strangers arms.

The faceless figure also makes me question if this image is an extended metaphor in itself.For example, if we suggest the child is infact a metaphor for love, then the message can be turned into a whole new meaning. I believe that, with the faceless figure, love ( the child ) has put its trust into hands we know are gentle and know can love us but can break us just as easily. Love is confused, afraid. Love is careless and naive but love is also strong and grows, slowly-but grows. Just like a child. Love changes and can grow distant. Love will yearn for longing in others but cannot seem to find how thus- the faceless figure.

I can be completely wrong, the meaning behind this can only be in the artists mind but either way i believe this work speaks volumes for everyone whether it be a captured heart, societies warped way of beautifying or romanticizing physical abuse. The little girls tears can only tell its own story
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This piece is eerie. That's the first reaction I really have to it, the first thing I think of. You've always had an ability to capture emotions with such simplicity, it really is amazing. You're negative space and composition is really nice and I love the fact that you let a lot of the paper through on this one. The light splashes of color draw the viewer in and really brings me to the most powerful part of this piece: The vision.

To me this is like a child who was kidnapped and her kidnapper is the one holding her. It speaks of mock affection, and "love". Appearance vs. the truth, all powerful themes. Your technique has steadily improved over the years and this piece is a great example of that. The only reason I docked for originality is because I feel like I've seen so many frontal portraits from you. I would love to see some more of your older style of portraiture thrown in with this new, "darker" style.

There are a couple of over worked parts here and there, but over all excellent work.
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Well, this is my first critique and or review on this website. I'm sure I've got it in me.

Lets break it down, I started following you as an artist a while back when I saw a couple of your artworks, which I've since then kept on my PC, they kept me coming back here.

I understand completely where you're going with this.
However, the concept in originality isn't all that new, I've seen it a lot, and I'm sure quite a few other people have too, but don't let that fool you, it was wonderfully executed and it's among the better ones in that category.

As for your technique, it's flawless, I absolutely adore your style, so powerful and emotional - it doesn't matter if it's surrealistically colored, it still packs quite a punch.

As for impact, it's hard to explain from my point of view, my inner workings are quite complex and I'm not sure how to put it otherwise:

Strong, emotional and absolutely stunning.
Same goes for all of your artwork that I've seen so far.
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Your draftsmanship and painting technique is excellent, in my humble opinion.

As for the painting itself, it conveys an emotionally compelling tone, which makes it personally appealing to me. On that alone, I believe it's a successful composition.

This is not a "comfortable" painting to me. Please don't get me wrong in thinking I'm making a negative judgment in this. I enjoy and admire your painting very much. Personally it evokes a feeling of melancholy and sadness -- and for me, that's perfectly OK. You stated you wanted to convey something of protection and fear, and I can see that also. Who's fear? What kind of fear -- the fear of loss?

You've stated that you like to build an ambiguity into your work, and that's great. But you've also stated what it's not intending, in this case pro/anti-pedophilia. Perhaps you might be able to see why that could come to mind though, depending on the viewer.

The tension that exists between what the artist intends and what the various viewers of the art perceive subjectively can be both a source of satisfaction in being an artist -- and an "occupational hazard" if you're misunderstood. The willingness to risk being misunderstood or the vulnerability of self-revelation is what makes an artist courageous, in my opinion.

At any rate, whatever meaning -- if any -- or feeling that you intended to convey, your painting is fabulous to look at. I say "bravo!"
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Powerful work. There's a massive conflict of vulnerability in the child's eyes and the casual nature of the adult hands. Like hurting children comes so naturally or easy to us.

You've created a new expression in my mind. Everyone knows the Macbeth concept of "blood on your hands," but TEARS on your hands is something different.

This work applies to individuals as well as serves an example for the world. We leave younger generations in tears and we are very casual about it.

I also like how the adult figure is without gender or identity. The arms could be embracing or protecting or possibly holding the child back, not allowing the next generation to make the change that's needed.
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Your work is unique, as is the likelihood that you do not really know how each will turn out. The eyes, the set of the mouth, stir the imagination. Others appear to comment that your work does not follow certain 'artistic' rules. If you did the excitement and use of imagination would disappear. Just imagine if Picasso, Dali, Turner had slavishly followed rules set by others how bereft our artistic world would be. In this particular work I have my thoughts on what is happening and they are mine and not for sharing. I continue to look forward to your forthcoming works.
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Good work, Agnes. I love the expression within this painting. Though I wonder if the face of the boy is too pale. On the other hand it excells the washing colors more.
If you really have to have a bit of critics: I wonder about the body of the man, woman behind the boy. It runs in an odd direction if you ask me.
To my point of view the person stands crooked right behind the boy, but than I miss the rest of the body on the side of the boy.
If that person stands straight behind the boy, I suspect the body line to run more straight down, or more bowed (since his chest).
But besides the fact that I spend a lot of words on that, it does not bother me and does not make the painting less great.
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Sorry for suddenly commenting like this but I thought it was a girl with a relaxed t-shirt. I like big t-shirts better than the ones that sit tightly and I did that as a kid too so I assumed that. Also because of the hair.

I like this picture very much. The look on the face gives many thoughts and the way they are standing too. I like that not everything is painted finished too. Because it makes the expression clearer. Focus in the right places.
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awesome job here. you definitely got the hand to head proportions right on this one. i think the overall composition is great. i like that its centered but also asymmetrical. the yellow eyes make a really nice focal point for the piece. i love the way you always give your portraits a washed out skin tone, almost as if they are sick or ghostly. the subtle touches of color in the hair are a nice touch, and the hands are very well rendered. overall i think this piece is great eye candy and very well made. some constructive criticism: maybe add a little more touches of highlights with the gel pen to the hair, i feel as if its a little to washed out looking for such a detailed face.
can you tell me on the little girl what is watercolord and what is acrylic. please
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Although I am not a painter, I think that the subaqueous qualities of the purity of line makes resonant the distinctive formal juxtapositions.
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Sorry for suddenly commenting like this but I thought it was a girl with a relaxed t-shirt. I like big t-shirts better than the ones that sit tightly and I did that as a kid too so I assumed that. Also because of the hair.

I like this picture very much. The look on the face gives many thoughts and the way they are standing too. I like that not everything is painted finished too. Because it makes the expression clearer. Focus in the right places.
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this reminds me of something, and it is perfectly drawn
ClaireLegacyArt's avatar
Really cool. I oil paint, but I think watercolor is so fascinating. 
georgiewhitez10's avatar
Reminds me of someone I used to know...Amazing 
alanreid's avatar
Wow this one really tears your heart out. Makes me think of a family member I lost recently. I really enjoy the subtle use of color and the focus on the girls eyes. 
Vegan-Sadness's avatar
Bonjour, cette image m'a inspiré un poème qui a peut-être aucun rapport mais voilà je tenais à le dire :)
CainIsNotMyEnemy's avatar
Why is she/he so sad?
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This would make an amazing book cover.  Maybe a psychological thriller involving a girl some believe to be possessed?  Not sure.  Great artwork though!
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