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I little rougher around the edges than normal, but I still like it.

Watercolour on coldpress

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Okay, I've never gotten one of these before, but first of all I'd like to thank :icongalloping-horse: and :iconmollinda: for the DD suggestion and feature!

I'm honestly surprised by all the positive feedback I've had for this painting over the last few weeks, as at first I was sitting on the fence over whether to post it or not. Suffice it to say I'm glad I did.

I have read/will read every single comment, I just really wish I had the time to answer them all! A big heartfelt thank you to everyone who favs, comments, or watches me today. :heart:
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Daily Deviation

Given 2012-02-26
Toss by ~merrilee ( Suggested by K-Kemp and Featured by Mollinda )
:iconsarahannsweeney:
SarahAnnSweeney Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The movement is superb!!
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:iconrobertobonelli:
RobertoBonelli Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017   General Artist
Cool!
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:iconsh3dd1ng-arm0ur:
Sh3dd1ng-Arm0ur Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It somehow reminds me of two opposite scenarios.
1. A horse in crossfire on a (maybe) WWI battlefield
2. A cheerful horse raving in puddles of water, happy beeing alive.

Great job with the colors
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:iconsh3dd1ng-arm0ur:
Sh3dd1ng-Arm0ur Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really a nice composition!
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:icondylanspider:
DylanSpider Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful and I love the colors! How do you make the splashes?
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:iconmerrilee:
merrilee Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I blow on the wet paint, usually.
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:icondylanspider:
DylanSpider Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh that's awesome! I never thought of that before. Thanks. :D
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:iconjoeltonongkh:
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Powerful splash and nice composition indeed.
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:iconmerrilee:
merrilee Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Thanks.
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:iconida007:
Ida007 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Awesome! <3
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:iconmerrilee:
merrilee Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Thanks! :3
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:iconmatbuk:
Matbuk Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
:wow:

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an artistic contest in Milan!
Check it out!!
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:iconhazelnut-eyes:
Hazelnut-Eyes Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING! well done :D
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:iconreygarfaust:
ReygarFaust Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful work! I love you!
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:iconmerrilee:
merrilee Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Oh, um. ^^; Thanks.
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:iconperhone:
Perhone Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your works are amazing! :)
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:iconmerrilee:
merrilee Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconbigtgentry:
bigtgentry Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you've been featured here: [link]
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:iconmerrilee:
merrilee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconbenjiiben:
BenjiiBen Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
this looks so awesome!
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:iconpersonbehindwindow:
Personbehindwindow Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning and absolutely ... magical.
the splotches look like hands. ^A^
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:iconsusan-at-deviantart:
Susan-at-Deviantart Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I like this very much.
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:iconwritingdirectioner:
WritingDirectioner Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice choice of colors, i really like the effect too.
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:iconkampy:
Kampy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
great stuff although I dont like horses much
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:iconnapst3rs:
Napst3rs Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
loved the effect.. nicely dne..
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:iconmsmindwhirl:
MsMindwhirl Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012   General Artist
Wow, this is so exciting! Great color choice, and I love everything about this picture!! And the subject itself gives off the wild, free feeling, which is absolutely perfect! You did such a marvelous job on this!! XD Congratulations on the DD!!!!
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:iconmerrilee:
merrilee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Thank you very much!
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:iconhorsehuggingdragon:
Horsehuggingdragon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
i just love the spontaneity and excitement in this painting :love: great work!
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:iconoffermoord:
offermoord Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
tis great!
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! I have not mastered water color yet. This looks amazing! :heart:
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:iconmerrilee:
merrilee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Keep working at it! It's a lot of fun.
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:iconmynameismim:
mynameisMiM Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
sweet i love it!!
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:iconnecrhomantical:
Necrhomantical Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
this is awesome!
is paper fabriano?
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:iconmerrilee:
merrilee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I think I used Strathmore for this, though normally I use Arches. I haven't seen Fabriano in my local art stores, I don't think they carry it.
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:iconnanasiujie:
nanasiujie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist
love the style you've got! It's nice and airy :)
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:iconela-hara:
Ela-Hara Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice feeling and composition.
This is perfect as a water color piece since your action is so fluid to start with. Your colors are brilliant and I feel that your blank/voided areas are just as important to this as your colored areas - they add to the action and emotion of your horse jumping and your nice background...

Nicely Done! Sometimes our simplist work has the most impact. :D
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:iconmerrilee:
merrilee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Thank you! I feel the same, sometimes it's nice just to keep things simple.
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:iconfilly8:
Filly8 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is georgeous! I love the colors you used and how the composition flows so well through the use of color and the pose of he horse. The horse itself is fantastically vague yet you can still see some muscle tone and other such detail :) If you can spare the time sometime i would love to know how you kept certian areas so white (such as your signature) do you use a wax pencil or something? Anyway congrads on the DD! :+fav:
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:iconmerrilee:
merrilee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! I use masking fluid at the beginning to preserve the white of the paper, which works really well. I have used wax pencil before but I find it really messy.
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:iconfilly8:
Filly8 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :) I have never heard of a masking fluid but then again i haven't used water based paints much so i'm very knowledgable about how things work in that realm :)
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:iconmerrilee:
merrilee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
It's pretty inexpensive and easy to use. :)
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:iconfilly8:
Filly8 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I might have to look into it a bit more after seeing the kind of images that ca be created :)
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:iconhorse-lover95:
Horse-Lover95 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was so glad to see that this got a Daily Deviation! Woo :heart: Great job and congratulations! So glad this is going to get allt he attention it deserves. x3
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:iconmerrilee:
merrilee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Haha, thanks! It was quite a shock for me!
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:iconhorse-lover95:
Horse-Lover95 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome! :D
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:iconaesiravenger:
AesirAvenger Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D this is awesome
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:iconjenicaroseheart:
JenicaRoseHeart Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Congrats on the DD! You deserve it! The movement and feeling in this is wonderful!
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:iconnochoiceleft:
NoChoiceLeft Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Love the movement! The brush strokes look so dynamic!
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:iconhellysion:
Hellysion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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:iconrichardcgreen:
richardcgreen Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Always soooo nice to discover another W/C artist doing
traditional work on this site. Your piece is explosive (duh)
and painter with great verve but with great restraint. And
the blowing to create the splash~perfect!!!

Dick G
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