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Watercolours and Masquepen supernib
50 days, approximately 230 hours




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あがかえりみすれどはなはちりぬべし

When I turn to look, the flowers had all fallen away



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It has been more than a year since my father passed away, and my grief has shifted to a new realm. Much to my surprise, a piece that I thought I would never revisit was actually calling for me to give it the attention it deserves.


The initial shock has passed; the briefest wash of understanding keeps coming and going.


    "There is probably no more terrible instant of enlightenment than the one in which you discover your father is a man - with human flesh. "

    - Frank Herbert, Dune



I owe so much to my husband `zerocomplex for the completion of this painting. Also, thank you my dear friends ^sphilr, `johnpaulthornton, *lolitaAgogo, `JurgenDoe and `synconi for taking an interest in the work-in-progress.


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Thank you for looking :iconkissmeeplz:





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Given 2011-04-19
Lament, reprise by `snowmask The suggester says of this lovely work, "Katie has grown vital with her creation and this is so powerful and relfective of emotions. The background harmonized with the character ... Life meets death and the activity of colours meets the emptiness!" ( Suggested by JurgenDoe and Featured by WDWParksGal )
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The strange and isolating feeling one feels when they lose a piece of themselves. You don't feel like you belong in the situation or existence that you currently reside within or even feel like there could have been an alternate path you could have taken to become something...more than you are now. Many things can trigger this state. Various thoughts of doubt, a mistake you could not take back, even...the loss of someone you love. We have all felt this strange emotional state stagger about us at some point in our lives and most of us have been able to step out of it. For the few that cannot, they are cursed to be enveloped in a torrential storm of should haves and could nots. Lament, reprise created by the talented 'snowmask, shows us the mental representational manifestation of how one feels when in this emotional state.

As per usual, the artist detail placed in the characters are exquisite. The various lines upon the female character's face capture the real appearance of a woman's face. The highly expressive eyes of the subject almost suck you into her mind as if you can almost feel and even hear what she's thinking. The gentle wisps of her hair trailing from her head and draping upon the floor are as delicately drawn as her face. The fleshy puzzle piece held delicately within the female subject fingers as a thin stream of blood falls upon the floor, adds so much more emotional depth within the piece that its almost staggering.

Let's not forget the outstanding atmosphere and use of colors on this piece as well. The color palette entices and draws the eyes of the viewer throughout the entire piece. As the orange glowing aura-like colors fade into a white shade as it descends and the ascending blue palette all come seamlessly together to generate an almost zen-like balance of warm and cool colors. The atmosphere feels as if it should be so quiet that you could hear a feather touch the ground and echo. It is the artistically and visual epitome of still-life.

On a symbolism state, the female subject could represent the artist snowmask herself. Having an inner feeling of pieces of her life, represented by the jigsaw puzzle patter on the subject's face, being out of place and not sure if said piece fits into what really makes her unique. I may not know for sure, but I hope that whatever turmoil she feels, she'll make it through and flourish as she always does.

From within itself, I can truly see an outstanding piece of artwork that genuinely saddens and makes the viewer really think as they stare upon its emotionless facade and see it for what hides beneath its brushstrokes. With exceptional details, a highly concise and eye catching color palette, and a deep message within, this is a piece that should definitely fit within anyone's favorites or wish list regardless of your artistic preference may be. Congratulations on yet another outstanding piece Katie, and its good to have you back. :clap:
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
7 out of 7 deviants thought this was fair.

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Critique by JurgenDoe Oct 23, 2010, 3:27:26 PM
I really can't much add to this as =SkillZombie has already told you and what I already have told you via email.

You have grown vital with your creation and it is so powerful and relfective of emotions ... With every new creation you became a truly master of mastering facial expressions and the hair is just magnificent and outstanding done.

I personally like the background very much ... because he is very harmonizing with the character himself.

Life meets death and the activity of colours meets the emptiness .. a wonderful and very beautiful design and you captured everything perfectly .. two thumbs way up :thumbsup:
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IanabelleIsaK Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
:omg: So beautiful!!!
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Beautiful!
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lil-midori Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your draws Have emotions and feeling and I kove that, ...............I going to watch you :iconbigheartplz:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Yusuke-Hitomi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
omg!!! I don't have words ... just beautifull ... :star:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :heart:
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Yusuke-Hitomi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:blowkiss:
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TheLunaLily Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This painting is absolutely lovely and there is so much emotion in it, and I connect with it very strongly because my dad died two years ago. You captured that grief incredibly well.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for taking a look :heart:

I still miss my dad, everyday I think about him for at least a few seconds. I hope time has been kind to your grievance :hug:
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h1resh1 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
I assume, (after reading your description) this painting is a memorial or has something to do with your father? But I might probably be way off.

Anyway, I think this piece deserves a whole lot more attention than what it got. It is almost flawless, I've seen paintings of this quality have way over 10,000 favorites and collections and they were much less attractive, not to mention less meaningful than this one. So I will contribute with both a favorite and a comment for this marvelous piece you've got right here.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes this painting was made in memory of my late father :hug:

I am very OCD with my paintings and try to make them as perfect as humanly possible. Means a lot to me that you enjoyed this :heart:
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Debbysh Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
feature: [link]
:)
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MonochromeDestiny Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work! <3
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snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :heart:
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MonochromeDestiny Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anytime! <3
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mary8888 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I featured you :) [link]
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brandimillerart Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Featured here and in my journal!
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Jazy2kool Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
your work is so beautiful you get tha colors exactly right<3
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, I'm very happy you enjoyed this painting.
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bleuie Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A simple yet so meaningful and expressive masterpiece. I love the composition, the colors, the expression, the symbolism and all. Excellent work. I tip my hat to you in salute.

May I know the meaning of the Japanese characters? Thanks :)
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
They mean "The flowers have wilted" :heart:

Thank you for viewing the piece here too my friend!
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bleuie Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Japanese poetry, it's so simple yet so meaningful.
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh I do too. Haiku is a real art.
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K1LL14N Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
increditbly beautiful and well done ^_^
i love it
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Thank you.

It's been a while! Nice to see you around again.
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thread-bare Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student General Artist
So very beautiful ♥
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :rose:
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thread-bare Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Your welcome :)
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NuwanDi Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
How you make us sensitive with Beautiful colour's? You are a real artist. Thanks do more. You can make a beautiful world...
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you for your beautiful, encouraging words. They mean the world to me :heart:
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juicethehedgehog Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
clever witht he removed bloody jigsaw puzzle piece and all :D
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Nelsonargabal Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
This is beautiful
I really like it!
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :hug:
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HillbillyDeluxe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
How did this one slip by my deviant watch! I'm immediately drawn to her eyes then the puzzle piece. Very well done indeed!
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's sneaky that way! Haha :hug:

If you could see her in person... Thing is huge. Almost 1:1 proportion... at least her head is as long as my hand.

Have fun with Keith, by the way! :heart: Keep an eye on him ;P
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HillbillyDeluxe Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
I hope to see it someday in person!

Looking forward to meeting up with Keith. It'll be nice to talk with someone who has lived here before and isn't a teacher! :XD:

And I'll make sure he grabs all the "Hello Kitty" gear that he can. Any requests? :kitty:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh god he should just get me a Hello Kitty mascot suit. I'll do with a bento box though! Doesn't have to be Hello Kitty, just something nice :heart:

You guys have fun! :love:
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HillbillyDeluxe Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Thanks :headbang:
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TheKarelia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
I am truly impressed. ^^
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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iCreativeGirl Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
beautiful <33
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :heart:
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Rhes Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
woah watercolours?! great~!!
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :rose:
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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so lovely
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug:
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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the emoti-hug
I love to get hugs.
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Iccarus-Kane Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
This is beautiful, purposeful, poignent... romantic... just... captivating.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :hug:
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