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oil on panel

thank you to :iconvoivodess-stock: for the amazing and beautiful stock photo i used as reference.
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An extra special thanks to :iconartfixation: and :iconmadbaumer37: for suggesting it as a DD and to :iconsphilr: for featuring it!! All wonderful artists – please go check out their work.

And “thank you” to everyone for all the favs and encouraging comments. The sun sure does seem to be shining on my ass today!! :D

Also – I’m not sure who added the quote from Elvis Costello down there, but just so everyone knows - Elvis deserves the credit for those words ;)
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-02-06
pretty words don't mean much anymore
I don't mean to be mean much anymore
All I see are snapshots, big shots, tender spots
Mug shots, machine slots
Till you don't know what's what
You don't know what you got...

Oil on panel from *relaxeder.
(Suggested by =madbaumer37 and *artfixation) ( Featured by SRaffa )
:icont-equio:
T-equio Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
words sting more than bees.

:+fav:
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconkanatsanat:
KanatSanat Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
somehow I can't help the head and background reading as a watermelon
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Haha... that's a new one. I can't help but see what you mean.
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:iconcaptain-blackheart:
Captain-BlackHeart Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This may be my favorite painting I have seen on deviant art in the year I have been here. Very well done.
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much... greatly appreciated!!
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:iconjhern:
JHERN Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Great Wirk!!!!
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconjhern:
JHERN Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
not at all!
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:iconstarrynails:
starrynails Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional
intense stuff! i like it!
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:iconrayjmaraca:
Rayjmaraca Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
fantastic, I love it.
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:iconbacht:
BACHT Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Great imagination explore!
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you very much :)
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:iconbacht:
BACHT Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
you are welcome :floating:
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:iconpinkeiga:
Pinkeiga Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011   Digital Artist
hips tits lips power
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
;)
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:iconpatamfreti:
patamfreti Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautiful, really beautiful.
Congratulations!
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you very much!
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:iconpatamfreti:
patamfreti Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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:iconjynx612:
jynx612 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is creepy but epic at the same time. I love it xD
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
haha... perfect ;)
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:iconsuckmynugget:
suckmynugget Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist
I love this so much!
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
very nicely done!
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconjordan428:
Jordan428 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
dude, this is awesome. i guess everyone else has told you that, too.
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
i've received some nice comments... it never hurts to hear them again, though ;) thanks!
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:iconladylianna:
ladylianna Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply amazing, you have a wonderful style. Absolutely brilliant, I'm pretty blown away by this piece in all honesty - it's stunning. x
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you for the kind comment :heart:
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:iconphostructor:
Phostructor Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Very interesting image, nicely done.


It would be nice to credit Elvis Costello for the lyrics of Pretty Words.
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
thanks

if you'll notice - it wasn't me that quoted elvis costello. it' must have been either the guy that featured it or one of the fellows that recommended it. at any rate - i made sure to give old elvis the credit when i edited my artist's comment.
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:iconphostructor:
Phostructor Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
I was making general observation - no offense intended. It is an interesting piece, and actually does have a lot of resonance with the lyrics.....
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:icondragsdale:
DRagsdale Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very fun!
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconleopoldmazowski:
LeopoldMazowski Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Great. I love your technique.
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you
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:iconplyczkowski:
PLyczkowski Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nicely done, not the photo though, look at the histogram - it has a big gap on top.
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
what the fuck are you talking about?
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:iconplyczkowski:
PLyczkowski Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No need to be rude. [link]
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
I’ve never had a critique of my “histogram” before. Maybe, though, that’s because I don’t much bother with photography or digital arts... with traditional artists this isn’t any kind of issue. Pretty much all I want to do is capture what my drawing or painting looks like… I adjust a little with the contrast, saturation, color balance, etc. until I feel it’s a fair representation of what I’ve done on canvas. I can’t really see how it matters if my “histogram” is all neat and tidy.
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:iconplyczkowski:
PLyczkowski Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
If a histogram has a gap on top, that may indicate that the photo was underexposed. To check if it is indeed so, open up Photoshop/Gimp go to Ajustments>Levels, and set up the top slider accordingly -> [link] This usually also saturates the image more, so lowering the saturation after that might be also a good idea.
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
when i look at my painting and then i look at the photo on my computer screen they look pretty much the same. i don't care if my histogram wins your seal of approval.

here's the essence of what i'm saying...

who cares?
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:iconplyczkowski:
PLyczkowski Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I thought you care. Sorry, tried to help. It looks better for me with levels fixed.
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
that's what you're thinking when you look at my artwork? that the levels aren't acceptable? sorry - paying attention to such minutia seems kinda petty to me.

how is it you're able to view my histogram anyway?
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:iconpitifloyter:
Pitifloyter Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
real art!
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconjoshcarterart:
JoshCarterArt Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow i really love this!
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:iconrelaxeder:
relaxeder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you!
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