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unsaid things


all the times I couldn't answer you
(and I couldn't look at you)


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ShaunJohnston's avatar
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I'm a great fan of your portraits, and I look to you to learn how. So I can't be critical, I can only verbalize my appreciation.

You appear to me to have taken to extremes how watercolor tends to differ from oils. Oil paintings tend to be equally detailed over the entire canvas, but perhaps because paper is cheaper than canvas watercolorists often render some parts of a picture in much more detail than others. You tend to define your subject almost entirely through fine detail in the features, then you satisfy peripheral vision through increasingly wild and delicious frolics of line and color over a large area. I think this is a masterful use of the possibilities of the watercolor medium.

I would like to see, in your videos, what reference you start with. Are you working from a model or a photo? How much of the background are you reproducing? How big a jump are you making from original reference to your painting? I see you do start with a simple faint pencil sketch. Have you also made a few small sketches to work out colors or treatments? In your video you began with one eye, rendering it almost completely. By starting thus you essentially define the entire painting, since the rest of the portrait must follow that style, except for the peripheral styling. Are you restricting your choice in the development of the picture by completing one feature first, or can you from experience make the necessary choices in technique before you start? How long have you been painting portraits in watercolor?

Your sketchbook is astonishing. Are those really successive pages in a bound sketchbook? Your ability to render whatever you see in watercolor is breathtaking.

I admire how boldly you use black and gray, as a color in itself. This gives pictures like this tremendous tonal range.
omer-ovadia-art's avatar
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First of all I love your art and this drawing especially .
I find your work inspiring, unique and extremly beautiful.
this drawing makes me feel expectation for something to come.
Her head's position simbolizes kind of sadness for me.
It seems that she colored with her personality and feelings.

Your'e technique is incredible! really fantastic!
I've never seen style like yours.
The drawing is realistic and colorful which I like very much.

I can stare this drawing for a long time, her hipnotozing eyes and the lips... everything fills so right.

This fantatic work inspires me and it is absolutely 5 star work! very impressive!
dollsoflace's avatar
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When I first saw this piece (I like to first look at the work before reading the descriptions in order to capture a feeling) I thought that she was someone who has let opportunities pass her. Someone who was looking at someone or something and didn't get to say (or do) as was in her heart. She looks conflicted, in a very sort of nostalgic way.

The colors bring the emotion of her expression together beautifully. There is so much intensity in her eyes and I am immediately drawn to them. I feel moved, and even sympathetic, and I don't even know what plagues her. It's a very moving capture, I must say.

The only distracting aspect (though it isn't necessarily a bad technique) are the lines of her shoulders which don't seem to harmonize as perfectly with the rest of her, especially given the excellent blending done at the jawline.

Even so, it is a very haunting piece, filled with emotion and movement and beautiful color.
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Let me just say, this is an incredible work of art. The visual elements you've used convey your concept beautifully, and I'm not even going to talk about your technique because it's superb and there's not a thing in the world I would change. I love the speckles that look like ideas of what she'd like to say but can't, and how her body is so enclosed by that line around her shoulders. She appears vulnerable and closed off, injured and strong.

However, I do have one actual "critique". The line enclosing her shoulders, as much as it works conceptually, doesn't work that well for me visually. Just because of the color, it is competing for attention with the face, and it probably doesn't need to. On the one hand, it matches the intensity of her expression and that works in a way, but when you just consider where the eye wants to go, that match makes the piece feel a little unfocused. The line may have been more effective in a color that mirrors the colors you've already used in the face to create a cleaner path for the eye.

That being said, I am absolutely in love with this work. It is wonderful, keep up the great work! 5 stars across the board.
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I really love to see your work! It's always so stunning and inspiring!

*It's amazing how you expressed sorrow and vulnerability on her face.
It really helps all of us to understand the title.

*You've used the whiteness of the paper in a brilliant way! It's so easy to mess everything up by adding too much colors, but you really control this medium.

*It's extremely hard to make watercolor paintings look realistic, but it looks so easy when you do it! The way you added depth and details is just perfect!
None of us could have done this better!

I was really struggling with writing this critique. It's just perfect and it made me speechless! I hope this critique will help you! And Agnes, thank you for inspiring all of us!
scarletblossom's avatar
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"..For everything has been and gone
under the summer bed;
All we have left now
are all the things unsaid.."

The essence of the painting lies in the fact that the artist has used very subtle and light colors to express such deep and intense feelings that the girl in the portrait is going through.The features of the face especially the eyes have been highlighted in such a way that it brings out the pain and helplessness of the girl.Such profound understanding of human emotions requires a very mature and forebearing perspective on the artist's part.I doubt any other person could have done as much justice to this piece as the artist has done with her exceptional skillfulness.
I know this since i have just started using watercolors and believe me,it isn't as easy as she makes it out to be. I've never been trained so i look up to you and hopefully,with practice, i will be able to paint with as much intricacy and depth as you.You inspire me just as you inspire millions of other people looking up to your artwork.
The complete poem:-…
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I logged in to my page and when I saw this I stopped and had to look at it.
First of all it made me want to cry beause I feel what she shows.. at least I
have felt it. Unless a person has experienced that, they cannot relate.
The beauty of this is how exquisite you have captured her.. and it. the thing, the
demon inside and outside... The use of colors and palette are well done, the
technique is great because when it works that is what matters.
I am not a technical artist... I am self taught.. but studied abit later..
Form and function... color and mood, light and use of it.. all are good..
Excellent piece.
aviansie's avatar
I think that was a fair review.

I just wanted to remark that you shouldn't use double or triple points that much.

Sorry if that makes me a jerk =|
violetasue's avatar
No it does not.. I am new at this and of course one should be sparing with the points... thanks
enterthetaiga's avatar
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I love how emotion-driven your works are, and the strong contrast between the intense detail of the mouth and eyes and the indistinct quality of the hair and background, almost as if she is surrounded by mist. Your technique has an air of careless perfection that is emphasized by the softness of your medium. The cool colors give an almost bruised, vulnerable expression while the value range that is used in the eyes and mouth make a focused centerpiece for the work. The traces of contrasting color keep the piece visually interesting. The subject matter is well-rendered and pleasingly proportioned. To sum up, through amazing vision and technique and use of color and value, you created a beautiful, emotionally impactful work.

*I don't really care for the originality category; no work is really original, and if it was, artists would not like that it didn't learn and borrow from the past.
molingirl's avatar
this is a good critique, but i disagree with you with your thoughts on originality. altho it is indeed true that there isn't any art that is 100% original without it completely disregarding most if not all things that make up art, there are aspects to it that can be considered original. for example, centaurs have always been depicted as a horse with a mans upper body where the neck would be (or, a man with a horses body where his legs should be), but if you where, per say, replace the front legs of the horse with the mans arms and make it only have four limbs instead of the normal six (four legs two arms) that is normal for centaurs. then that is an original aspect of your art. even though its true that you didn't come up with the concept of the centaur, you did give it an original twist. 
enterthetaiga's avatar
good point, I hadn't thought of it that way :)
jackolanternship's avatar
too easy ... maybe I'll take a crack at this
dunsne's avatar
it looks so deep it hurts </3
One of my favourite paintings, absolutely beautiful. :-)
Spn8's avatar
please make a tutorial on how to draw watercolor Portrait or just EYES like your portrait painting unsaid things!!!! I love your artwork and I really really, really, want to draw like you. So if u can do a tutorial on how to draw eyes, nose, lips it'll make me so much happy!

LeidFinnigan's avatar
hey. i was just wondering if you let me use this draw for a book cover of a book that i am actually writing. of course, i will say that the draw is yours.
-leid f.
Seriously, love it!😊 would love to feature your work in our "Female Empowerment Project" 😊 check out for all the details and to submit something that would best represent you while also celebrating woman! 😊

Keep making art that makes a difference!
DopeHat6's avatar
This is so stunning.. I am truly in love. Haunting in such a beautiful way. Perfection.
anmeher's avatar
Your work is hauntingly beautiful. 
KalieW's avatar
Beautiful.. :heart:
YamiMana's avatar
This is exactly how I feel right now... I love this.
Moonacre123's avatar
Reminds me of something in Alice in Wonderland :)
TheDagmar's avatar
I love the detail you put on the mouth and her eyes, especially that little wrinkle/fold under her left eye.
(well, my left, her right)
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