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Oil painting on canvas - 59x33" ( 150x85 cm)

It was a chilly night of december. I had veiling my look the glimpse of clumsy grace of the one who just gave one month of his wage for an art print _ heartbeats don't have a price. And there, I beheld, her fluttering one meter above ground, with all her youth and her witty words. But I remind not much of what happened that night in Paris, only that Pas d'Ange was wrong.
In the train back I was relishing the new space in my chest.
Later on I dreamt of truth,
of purity and wind,
and I wanted to paint reds.

This is a painting about inspiration: how a bit of a person's substance, despite the mischievousness of the _hopefully harmless and unnoticed_ puncturing act, nourishes an artist's creations through a chain of transformations. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter occurring in the brain among other places, and which has been identified, when lacking, as responsible for some depressive states. The name was borrowed from *kmye-chan who much kindly posed for the main character.

Some close-ups can be seen here and here

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Given 2010-01-07
One of my favourite painters on dA once again shares with the world something brilliantly rendered and touched with rumination - `zancan. What can be perceived as a visual representation of the title itself, translates to a floating sense of wonder that permeates the delicate stratum faintly distinguishing semi-conscious thought and corporeality... of course all words of description might seem nonsensical if not ludicrous... all it takes is a closer look, and the ability to let go. Please enjoy this sensational piece by `zancan. ( Suggested by Keeny-kun and Featured by snowmask )
No, I don't understand this, not completely, but I love it anyway.

The colour, first, is very well done and beautiful. It is predominantly palely neutral; the slightly darker skin tones of 'the little creatures' and 'the main character' providing subtle contrasts. On either side, the painting is injected with bright colour: teal blue fading in on the left, red autumn hair on the right. These lovely hints lift the piece, adding both emotion and brightness to the thoughtful and depressive atmosphere.

At the centre are the four 'creatures', incongruous little things occupying their own space of reality through their strange poses and gravity-defying positions. They are the starting point of this visual journey, but the eye is constantly drawn back to them again and again, every time seeing something new. Even without your description, their individual personalities become evident in the lines of their slight faerie bodies and the mixed expressions of submission, disdain, bemused inquiry, and quiet purpose. They are beautiful in a sometimes classic, sometimes imperfect, sometimes unnerving way, and it is this very quality that makes them so striking - and mesmerising.

The main character is different from the creatures, and she holds her own restrained loveliness in the gentle tilt of her neck, the subtle dark flick of her eyelash, and the elegant poise of her hands beholding the lily. You're quite right - the black of her shirt contrasts starkly with the tone of her complexion and further emphasis her ballerina-like grace. It further creates a very dramatic block of dark colour that draws the eye as equally as the creatures. I love that single, almost invisible strand of wayward hair escaping the severe bun to curl behind her ear. It's so slight as to be almost invisible but it nevertheless adds that sense of 'untidiness' even if it isn't noticed at first glance. You might consider making it a little more evident as it tends to blend in with the similarly reddish tone of her cheek.

Not only your major elements, but your background is equally mesmerizing. At first it seems to be simple white space, but it is in fact full of faint textures and patterns. The hints in each corner of leaves and trees, seemingly at odds with the indoor setting behind the girl, adds to a feeling of surreality. But not too much. It is simple enough not to disorientate the viewer with its peculiar content, and revels in that simplicity. the tree branches on the right are especially well-placed, I feel. With such a subtle background image, it would be easy to get their look or placement wrong. They come in delicately, finger-like and not too obviously, gently fading into the pale peach - like sudden fireworks just as suddenly dying out.
I really adore the two origami pieces as well. They act like visual quote marks, beginning with the lily and ending with the fish. It feels like the essentially inanimate lily becomes the fish, travelling through every point of contact and finally emerging as a being of free movement. I'm not particularly sure how this relates to 'Serotonin' particularly, but it's wonderful.
The desk, pen and paper, also done in low-contrasting tones, provide a bit of background information about the main character without distracting from the main images. What does this tell us about her? Maybe that she is a writer, or an artist, or someone simply using this stash to while away the time making origami flowers. Whatever it is, it sets her in the real world. Along with the walls, it ties her to the tangible even as she has links to an intangible reality through the creatures.

Like your other works, Serotonin is full to bursting with details both immense and infinitesimal from the filament hairs of the creatures to the fleur-de-lis like wallpaper. From the origami lily and goldfish to the clawed tree branches reaching from somewhere beyond the edges of the picture. You put yourself into this painting and there is beauty in every line because you make it so. Thank you, for 'Serotonin'.
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Platypus1973 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
L'onirisme dans sa plus simple expression ! M-A-G-N-I-F-I-Q-U-E !!!
sandcastler Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
Lovely looking slender physiques!
MyleneA Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Your beautiful work has been featured here [link] :iconflyingheartsplz::tighthug: :iconflyingheartsplz:
AngelesLaVeau Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work has been featured here ----> [link]
Thank you for sharing such amazing beauty!!
sameer-patil Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student
Excellent work!
arunknathan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful work. love it. :)
makwasie Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
nice work.
rbow Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Excellent work!
essani666 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
it's amazing. The detail is so striking.
michbintot Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
pouttnik Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
great work! excellent ;-)
ChisSweetArt Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Andaelentari Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah D:. This is so. . . well done. Not just artistically but in conveying the purpose and destruction Serotonin can cause. Great work :clap:
Lisa-Of-The-Moon Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
THIS is art! EPIC!
marcgosselin Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful!!!
Zak05 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats!Great concept excellent artwork!
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing painting :love:
danydiniz Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omadart Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FullmetalHostClub Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I feel like I kind of understand this. I see that one of the people in the chain of 'emotions' is holding something like a brush. So its like, your emotions, as part of you, inspire and create you. You change along with your emotions, because emotions change your sense of self. A beautiful photo. <3
Zanygaugh Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is epic!!
DiamondRWolf Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
LunaFeles Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011   Photographer
Featured your artwork: [link]
gia-c Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
your artworks are amazing.. i can not find a word to define. keep your soul shine, thanks :+favlove:
Naidiriv Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
ingvildnilsen Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Bubbliegoodness Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hellokittymb89 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist
LocoUnPoco Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
what a beautiful piece of art!
drumercoka Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why serotonine?
i like your work all painting are master pieces greetings but why this one serotonine ?
WonderousWings Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a beautiful way to imagine seratonin's impulses in the body. I love it
EerinVink Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its absolutely beautifully done :) and th unusual title catches me. In my family some people have a lack of serotonine and dopamine as well, and it has caused serious problems. I have this lack too it turns out.
Usually people do not know both words, and push the existence of these neurotransmitters aside, and also the possibility of having a lack of them. People like to think that depression and (add/dopamine shortage) is caused by your character, and they feel you should simply change yourself. This is very hard on people.
I do not tell anyone anymore about neurotransmitters, because they feel its using an excuse.
Its oddly comforting that someone made a painting with this word as a title, showing that the 'is' problem recognized and understood sometimes.

And again, so beautifully done! You have some serious talent and obviously good doses of willpower :) I love it!!
circusniko Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
i love your oil paintings i really cant descibe them with words ^^
BrighterWorld Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Student
This is... just... astonishing. I can't believe this was done with traditional method... Truely an admirable inspiration ! excellent work :D
nobutian Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Although I personally don't like this one, your technique is exceptional.
a-roseintherain Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   Traditional Artist
i love all your works...your style is THE PERFECTION!
llaureenn Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
I can look at it for hours and dream away..wonderfull
yentzel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Amaizing!!! quisiera ser como vos
Ifroseswereblue Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I truly love this, its absolutely inspiring ^ ^
Hanayame Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Student General Artist
This piece truly speaks to me. Gorgeous.
edwardmekh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
great amazing work
noa12 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing. So beautiful and so touching.
Gingermoth Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
I absolutely love this.
SmaRaNam Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
A m a z i n g

Deeply inspiring!
SmaRaNam Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
A m a z i n g

Deeply inspiring!
soulrebel Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011

Any chance to get a higher resolution download, so I can use it as my wallpaper?

Thank you very much!
brettbash Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011   General Artist
A wonderfully conceptual piece of art! :wow:
Shirleys-Art-Site Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Amazing art! Happy New Year
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