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Backdoor Into Luxuriance by zancan Backdoor Into Luxuriance by zancan
Oil paint on canvas - 80x120 cm.
Bizarrely, that word .. Luxuriance... had been running in my head for days like an intriguing leitmotiv, and painting it out seemed the most natural and only way to shut the voice.

Here is a painting I finished in january after 3 months of daily efforts. I've forced myself to paint everyday, despite the usual overwork at 2Roqs.
For once this painting isn't about a deep worry I may have had, it is more simple in the meaning. Instead, I've explored domains quite new to me: for instance, I've plunged almost the whole painting into penumbra to allow a brighter light to fall down on the hand.
I worked out the movement and the body language. The weird cropping of the girl should produce a disequilibrium that contradicts her course. On her face, I tried to display an expression of joyful surprise mixed with a bit of worry.

Close-ups can be seen at

I hope you like green!
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Critique by DannyMechanist Dec 31, 2012, 9:56:24 PM
:squee: another zancan masterpiece :squee:

and as always he has delivered one worth a lot of words ...

first ... Beautiful brush work

second ... Pretty colours

third (and sorry to sound shallow but) dude he makes the best feminine figures for miles around... trez belle!

and may I say that he is one capable of truly invoking emotion in a beholder... the sheer freedom and vibrance of this painting speaks volumes of the simple thought of freedom and is In my opinion truly one of the best representations I have seen of the concept of unbound, extravagant, luxuriant freedom which is otherwise only to be felt and a really hard concept to explain
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scryff01 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018
Amazing work.   Makes me re-assess my thoughts on Oil Painting.   Your depiction is truly lovely.
HAYLEYANNEARTS Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Reminds me of a payi did of a mermaid called Ondine
Copertus Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
I love green! And she has that lovely, surprised expression you'd get when you're swiped off your feet by someone on the dance floor.  
Goober15 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Enchanting, love it, the ethereals are wonderful. Awesome!
GirlWithARedBalloon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student General Artist
also, you have such a unique style. its hard to find artists with something completely of their own these days
rbow Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Wonderful work!!!
DreamWeaver51 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter

Fantastic!!! How do you do it!!!:)



yandaga Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great sense on the layout and the choice of content. I also envy you for your skills that can establish such illusional atmosphere. I would love to go and see the real thing on a gallery if you ever hold one!
jeanmaryanne Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Marvellous and magical!
JaqErant92 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot believe the detail you put into your work. You truly have an amazing gift.
THEALEJANDRAART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
mahmoudz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
i love it so much good work
artweak Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Wow!!! amazing job. I really like the colors and lightning on this painting. I'm till working on my oil paint on canvas and will do 1 or 2 paintings a week just to master some techniques and I'll do my own thing (finally). Keep up the great job and thanks for the inspiration! ;)
SableWong Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Ugh, why is everything you do gorgeous!
ultimatede Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
bluetech504 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
beautiful [link]
canpassion Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
:star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :clap: Beautiful :) :heart: :love: (:
zancan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks .. !
canpassion Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
:) :rose: :hug: :blowkiss: :heart:
hairpeace1012 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Nice energy in the lights. Has a bubbling laugh of a feeling, like being in an active dream. Full of wonder and surprise.
zancan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice little word, thanks
ashleymec7 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
This made me smile. The colors are gorgeous, and the fluidity of the fabric is effortless. Her expression and body language pops and brandishes this eccentric personality that I adore. Her hair is fun, and all of the detail amazes me. This is incredibly done (as with all of your work, and I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that).
dugbud62 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You succeeded
silentmarbles Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
it looks so smooth!!
laycass Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
awesome, wonderful, amazing, so expressive and wow wow!
Sabinzart Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Elle paraît surprise d'être happée par un monde surnaturel et merveilleux auquel elle ne s'attendait pas. Ce vert intense et cette lumière amplifient cet esprit fantastique. J'adore les détails et particulièrement le rendu des drapés ! :heart:
Ascensio Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
amazing! magnificently!!
simonpark81 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
this is the sort of thing i hope to achieve one day... wicked, awesome work. i know you will prob never answer this but i saw your garden piece in an art book ages back and recognised it instantly...your style is amazing. you really manage to capture depth better than photography does. im honestly impressed sir.
lgmac Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
I LOVE green!!! This is truly amazing and very thought provoking!!
PearFish212 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful to the extreme, I swear. The way the hues of each little part of this painting flow together so wonderfully it's insane. Keep on painting my friend, you have a gift.
Lideeh Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Artist
you're amazing...your fantasy blows me away.....
MaDeath90 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i just love your style!
Julia-Aurora Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the whole concept of the painting! the girl's expression is great, and the colors are wonderful.
goodfellows Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Yet another great painting, I really love your style. Thanks!
sean030906 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
I think your are meticulous artist. you got a very nice piece right there. excellent work.
cleiszct Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
artediamare Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
so cool ♥ it
gyamar Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
WOW image!!
angelgarland Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Simply beautiful and full of life!!!!
Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IndioBlack619 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful wonderful wonderful.....
giurda Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Msanju27 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
AWESOM WORK!!!!!! as always
Your paintings are always sooo creative and always enlightens me to be creative too -^_^-
Love the watery effect you've so wonderfully given it.
Those li'l faries are very cute.
And the body of that girl is beautifully drawn.
Although her hair looks not so much as if she is in the water bt i guess it wud look very wierd if u'd show hair all spred up like a monster^^
Great Work. thanx for ur hard work and all the best in presenting more and may god bless you ^_^
umlando Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
This is a lot of fun, with the figure stretched around the focal area described by her gaze. It would make great cover art, if a bit challenging for the designer to find any slack space for the title. (Yes, I'm looking for cover artists. I have a very narrow lens right now, but this broke through, and I just couldn't avoid making a comment.)
Sozra Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
very nice....
nobutian Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Beautiful translucent hand.
Lainathiel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
This is amazing! Love colours and the expression.
RockoutDarci Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
I love green! <3 ^_^ Her expression is gorgeously endearing. This painting is brilliant!
tokikomosoto Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
i like the tiny plant people lol
PatriciaLira Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oWooo amazing!
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Submitted on
April 15, 2007
Image Size
7.5 MB


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Camera Data

Canon PowerShot SD550
Shutter Speed
1/4 second
Focal Length
16 mm
Date Taken
Mar 19, 2007, 1:22:48 AM