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Home and the Fairies

By zancan
So you caught me in this reverie,
There at home where I could stay for hours.
You thought I was trapped from within.

I won't blame you, if you couldn't notice
That my aloneness was filled
Richer than all the madnesses and frenzies
You all live in.

The austere discomfort I am coiled in
Beneath that hole on the ceiling
Is a whole universe of fancies
And the sweetest haven for heart and soul.

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Oil painting on canvas - 120x80 cm (47.3x31.5 inch)
March 2005
Making-of steps here.
Related scrap here.
(I do live in a small appartment)
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Theeartistkid's avatar
Amazing work!😎
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I remember this one! Still strikingly beautiful. Seems highly relevant considering quarantine and everyone's social distance. Stay safe and create art!

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The first thing that caught my eye was the atmosphere of this painting - fantastic, magical and reminding me of some hidden object games that I've played (you would be surprised at the amazing artworks in those games). I love when an artwork raises emotions and emanates specific atmosphere, and yours truly does. (Talent, vision, technique and execution aren't enough if the artist's work can't make people feel something imo.)

The second thing that appealed to me was this old painting feel that your painting has. I've always admired photorealism in painting but your style seems to be something in between - it doesn't look like a photo completely although it comes close, and it's exactly that painted quality that makes your work special to me.

I love how you painted the folds and creases on the clothes, how you played with shadows and light, the little details in the painting.

It definitely makes me want to go in and explore the world of your painting.

~ D. ~
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okay so i'd like to say, compositionally this is just amazingly planned out.
regardless of the two walls closing in on your subject there's not a sign of breakage of the scene. what i mean is take a look at the top right, there's an absolutely controlled blend from one wall to the other, it really moves the viewer eyes through the entire piece, none stop. the blending of the warm and cool colors as you bring in the light from the cracked wall into the pants shows how you perfectly you've studied the layout, revealing the effect of the light also through the cast shadow, i must say i just simply love it!!!!!!!!! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
Now onto the singlet. i cannot stress enough how much i admire you ability to fully render such fabric revealing so much detail as to where the light and dark hit. just plain beautiful.
i usually find one negative feature in a piece (of course again that's just looking at it from my eyes), i hope you weren't expecting one cause if you were, sadly i'm going to have to disappoint you by saying this work of art as no such thing as a negative criticism from my view point. it is just so well calculated that all i can do for you now is give you a thumbs up and say keep up the amazing Art. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" title=";) (Wink)"/>
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thank you very much..
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This is an outstanding piece, with beautiful lines.
To me it is clear this is this artists hideaway from the world where he can just chill and drift off into his own world.
I love the top of the painting, of the light streaming through. and the opening hints there is more outside, yet this room is hidden away
I like that it appears to be set in the basement of a potting shed, and the sketch of fairy upon the wall the feaire relaxing all about.
Tis peice really draws the viewer into it.
I really love the detail you put into his cloths the singlet just pops. This is truly an enchanting piece, that take the viewer to another world of peace and serenity
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First of all I'd like to put that this picture is simply divine. It looks beautiful. The colors are vivid, the faeries are realistic, and you balance creativity and realism splendidly. I can't believe you were able to do something so brilliant and beautiful. I'm insanely jealous.



Now for the scoring.

Vision: You had such a clear vision. You must have known exactly what you wanted when you began or you could not have done this so expertly. The faeries are strategically placed, in my humble opinion, to drag your eyes away from the faerie on his hand to look at all the other things you so painstakingly detailed in and colored. The lighting, some in colours not generally seen, lights up his face yet there are enough shadows around the faeries that you can see their inherent glow. It must have taken some rather thoughtful planning. 5/5


Originality: It seems people are scared to use faeries and humans together very much, more so when they're as realistic as yours are, because they don't want to be opened to public ridicule. While realistic humans and faeries, when separate, are common it's hard to find such a fantastic example of the two together. Having the man using the faerie has a model (or that's my take on it since he's painting) is actually very refreshing. He seems to comfortable with the faerie. She just sits on his hand and his expression... not quite bored, still slightly curious, but mostly just appraising. 4.5/5

Technique: You did amazing with the majority of the sizing and proportions. The faeries are bigger than you usually see them but so much so that they seem awkward. The window seems a bit small but that only adds to the cramped look. The faerie's wings are beautifully coloured, shaped, and positioned. (I, personally, have trouble placing the wings. They're always too big and lopsided). And the texture of the wings, the plant, and your clothes really jumps at me. The only complaint I have for this is your feet. Your right foot's toes are far too long. At first I thought that was merely because it was pressed against the wall but I shook off my shoes and tried it myself and your toes still look too big. 4.5/5

Impact: When I look at this, I see his face. His peaceful, level gaze staring at the faerie wondering how he he should draw her and her fellows. It's lovely, serene, and I just *love* it. I really do. The colors, shading, and textures just give this a very calm, relaxed but powerful impact. 5/5


Over all, this is a very beautiful picture. It was perfectly done and I'm making a favourites folder just so I have somewhere to put this masterpiece. I loved this piece; please continue your inspiring work.

Blessed be,
Fae of the Cheshire Cat system
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Thank you for spending the time for a critique that's thorough and inspired. And for the long toes, I don't know... somehow wrote it was typically irish ( but i don't have no roots in Ireland ). I would surely improve that part if I was to paint this painting today.
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Well it's an amazing piece so it deserved the time spend to review it especially since I'm critical and the only flaw I could find was too long toes. :)
And you're welcome, of course. Amazing work; keep it up.
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Firstly, congratulations on the wonderful piece. It conveys to me both a sense of whimsy and wistfulness at the same time. In addition, it really gives you almost a sense of normalcy, as if this kind of thing is one of those daily miracles that happens every day, regardless.

With respect to the colour of the light, I'm left wondering what exactly is the source of tbe blue light that predominates the right hand of the picture. It seems a bit incongruous, but is not by any means a fatal flaw; it's just a minor observation.

The man's expression vacillates between wonder and boredom for me, as his attention is both fixed on the fairie on his hand, something which seems almost intimately familiar to him, yes is drawn away almost by the distraction of the other fairies.

In any case, this is a wonderful, wonderful piece of art and I think is top notch. Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment.
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Thank you for the critique, that was nice. About the blue color; it is part of the choices that art allow us to make, independently of the photo realism. I applied the principle according to which warm light produces cool shadows, and accentuated the effect so that it would emphasize the warmth of the rest of the piece.
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My pleasure! I always look at things through a photographer's eye, and I guess that's a bit of a limitation, but it's a wonderful piece of art! Great job! :-)
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I am new at this so I will try to be brief.
I am not doing art-talk but heart talk.
I love fairies and love the way you used them in your artwork. I think it is a beautiful image and I commend you for the work you are doing.
If I have to criticize something, I would only say that his toes are long. Yet he is so beautiful,who cares?
Oil is not my area of expertise. I just love beauty and creative spirit. Your poem speaks to me about the cage we might think we are in, and that it does not define us or robs us of our uniqueness. Great job.
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Before I start this I just wanna say that I don't usually write critiques, so give me lean-way.

For a long time I've seen this art on the front page but I never bothered to click it because I thought it was a photo, it's only when I read the artist's comments that I saw it was actually an oil painting. Bravo!

It's pretty amazing that you manage to make it look realistic, yet somehow with your own painting style, I can't quite explain it but I'm sure you know what I mean.

Every new second I look at this I discover something new, you paid such great attention to detail! Like the fairies on the paper, and the subtle drop of paint on the lower one's knee, amazing.

I'm trying to find a flaw with this I can point out but I can only seem to find one, the background, which I know is supposed to be bricked, looks almost pixelated, I think that is because of the smudging? Maybe you should keep the same smudging as higher up but still change the shading if you try again next time? I'm sorry that was the only flaw I could find.

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Everything is manicured. Even the smallest detail. It is noted that the patience because you have to do it, and it usually takes effort. The light and shadow very carefully, total realism surrounding the work, an exquisite composition, all the detail, really I think one of the best I've seen. Congratulations.The wrinkles on the clothes I love. The fairies will add a special touch, magic. That look lost in time and space. Esque I have no words to define it, because I really feel very good. Even the hand posture reminds me of Michelangelo's drawings.Many would like to draw like you, so here below, continues to delight with your work.
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As I was looking through the most popular pieces, I found this. When I looked at it, I thought it was a photography piece with just a bunch of Photoshop. Then when I looked at it closer, I saw it was a drawing. Now, when You look at a piece and say it's a picture but it's a drawing, it's bound to be good. Same thing the other way around. The texture is perfect, especially on the clothes and fairies. The plant is very detailed and the lighting is just right. What I love most about this picture is what the character is drawing in the background: fairies. If you look really close, you can see it. The extra paint on that paper on the floor is just magnificent! I love this picture and is one of my all time faves.
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Wonderful painting. I really enjoy your composition and color palette and after seeing your other work it really relates and flows with your style ( I hope that makes sense)

The flow of the composition keeps me very involved and I really like that about this piece, and the fact you do live in a small apartment makes me smile at the exaggeration you have done here, I know that feeling well <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>

The fairies are adorable and really keep the eyes flowing around the piece.

Overall this is a wonderful self portrait, gorgeous painting! I am a huge fan of fantasy art and its really nice to see a traditional artist, and one that pulls it off so well with oils, beautiful medium to work with.
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This is just magnificent! I can't even say anything bad about it! IT'S WONDERFUL!

This reminds me of Peter Pan, but like, WAY BETTER!

At first, I thought it was a photograph....but then.....I was stunned <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/e/e…" width="15" height="15" alt=":O" title=":O (Eek)"/>

You are a very good artist and I wish I was as good as you!

I love how realistic everything looks, even those fairies, they almost seem real! If I saw those flying around me, I would be in heaven <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/h/h…" width="15" height="13" alt=":heart:" title="Heart"/>

I like the imagination you put in this picture, it's like.......AMAZING! It feels like all those fairies were just drawn to life. Like a picture of someone drawing something then it just popping up and giving it a hug <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/m/m…" width="15" height="15" alt=":meow:" title="Meow :3"/>

I love this piece and I hope that this just helped out by making you feel proud of this wonderful work.

(P.S. I'm a n00b and don't know what the ratings mean, but I will just try my best <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/a/a…" width="19" height="19" alt="^^;" title="Sweating a little..."/>)
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Your Vision of thought and development of it, is a new age igniter, you are the Present raising the future my dear brother...
Keep the Light shining, keep the sword of Courage swinging, The Dream Awake, the night to shine like a star, the heart humble, the intention pure, the words full of action, the fear away, the fire burning,the world in equilibrium, the love embracing, the blessings for your suroundings, the true path, the path full of virtue, the virtue full of disposition, and the disposition full of Heavenly Power... may the light of the greatest source of creation be our guide for eternity and beyond...
Much love and Respect from the Universe..
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This will be a very easy one to write,and I'm hoping even easier to receive.
Vision:A fresh idea-most artists who incorporate the "wee folk" always do so with a female,which would lead into the 5 star rating for originality.I really like the surrounding artist's materials and the way you used them.The caption that accompanies it is also a wonderful touch.I find myself wishing I could zoom in for a closer look at all the smaller details.As for impact,can I add another five stars?My inner art monster just had a seven course feast-including the coffee and dessert as the image will stick with me long after I exit the page.
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This picture really brought me back when I was a little kid. I used to image what the world would be like if there were faries, and you showed me right here with this... OUTSTANDING DRAWING!

I like how the faries are trying to keep him company while he is painting, but he does look like he dosen't really want to be disturbed, he lets them wonder around anyway.

Overall, this picture is one of the best I've ever seen. Perfect Vision, perfect originality, perfect technique, and an extremlly well done compact! Keep up the good, and you will be a famous artist one day!
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Hi there, thank you for the comment. However this is not constructive criticism as it was intended to be. May I ask you using the comment box instead? Thanks!
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Well, first thoughts of this masterpiece!
It is absolutely stunning in words I can't explain. At first looking at the thumb of it, it looked like a photograph.<img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/h/h…" width="38" height="15" alt=":hug:" title="Hug"/>
This is the bestest piece of artwork I've ever seen in my life.
Improve On: Nothing to improve on in this picture. Its too detailed to recognise any faults within the drawing its self.
Whats Best: The fairies. They look so cute with their wings<img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":B" title="Bucktooth"/>
One thing I could Change: Nothing my love. It is all simply perfect and well organised. I bet you planned this out first because it would have have to been<img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
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Look, thanks for the comment, but why not using the comment box instead of critique ?
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