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Delicate Cycle - 12" x 19" - watercolour - January 2012

Okay... I think I'm done. You know what... I just want to be done with this one... Or I just need a break from it, and hide it away for a little while before I can start liking it again.

This is not at all how I intended for this painting to look in the end, but this is it.

Be brutally honest if you have to, but please let me know what you think, as a whole... oh, and one other thing, should I - or should I not, remove the reflections from her glasses? They were part of the original photograph that I was working from, but I don't feel they are appropriate for the background that I've painted in.

Thanks for looking, and thanks for your input!

Lisa
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Onyana Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's crazy that you achieved this using watercolour, the realism you achieved with skin tones and light, especially on the hands and arms makes my jaw drop. I personally love the reflectons in the glasses as is. The far background feathers are a little too dark brownish and lifeless for my taste, but that's a personal thing, since you have clearly potrayed light accurately with the feathers in the mid and foreground. The expression you achieved in the eyes, and in particular the lips is genius! It has that Mona Lisa aspect to it of wondering what she knows that we don't.
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Vonni-Von Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
This is an amazing piece. Seriously, my jaw is on the floor. You must have an incredible amount of patience! Could tell me how long you spent on this piece?
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
Hi, sorry for not getting back to you earlier, and thank you so much! If I remember correctly, I took a few weeks to work on this one, but not consistently, so maybe 60 hours or so... I should try to watch how much time I do spend on each one, but tend to just lose myself in painting and forget the time altogether!
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this work and your watercolors! I especially loved seeing your WIPs. Your approach is refreshing! :)
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much!! I try to post the WIPs when I remember to - good to hear that you appreciate them, thank you!
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dreamsinstatic Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Your fantastic work has been featured in Friday Night Features
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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dreamsinstatic Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
You're welcome.
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A-Falcon-Velazquez Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
I love the reflections, it's such a perfect watercolor piece!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012   General Artist
this is so amazingly detailed and beautiful portrait! especially excellent work on the hair. :heart: and the feathers in the background, and the cap! just everything :D
for me personally you can leave the reflections, I like the realistic look they give. :heart: if you'd like me to be brutally honest, I prefer using less black in watercolours if possible, but that's of course only my personal taste - it looks wonderful also this way.
if this was a commissioned work, I would demand a whole fortune for it if I were you :D
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Ha! Thanks so much! Yes, I wanted brutally honest, and to be brutally honest as well, there really is only a hint of black, and only in her glasses, and a touch in the feathers. I'm from the same school, that to get blacks, you make them up with colours... the rich dark colours in the background consist of all the other colours used in the painting. I have done most of my current paintings without the use of black, especially my acrylic paintings - it's more fun building up the illusion :) Thanks for your wonderful feedback!!
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makeo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
awesome :)
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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NekoMarik Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much! As for the reflections, I would never have noticed if you hadn;t pointed it out, but they do look incongruous with that background. But with art, sometimes taking a break is the real magic. =D
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your feedback! Yes, I am still on break from this one, and I've got the original hidden away for the time being... but with all paintings I put on hold, they usually end up staying as is. With the positive messages I've received, I think I may just accept it for what it is :)
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AriesNamarie Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My only criticism is that her left hand (on the right) looks a lot older than the right hand. I actually like the shine in the glasses, I think you should keep it :) Very nice technique!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! It seems to be the common denominator in everyone's messages, is that the right hand looks older, and I can see it too! I so wish I had the desire to fix it, but at the moment... I've lost it... I've started a new watercolour - so it has me preoccupied now :)
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AriesNamarie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really just a very small thing. I can't wait to see your next work!
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cherieangejade Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so amazingly gorgeous! To answer your question, I think I would take the reflection out of her glasses as it seems to me that it detracts from her face. However they do give the realistic feeling, so I can see your dilemma. Anyway, your technique is outstanding, and I think the overall vision of the piece is wonderful. I read some of the comments suggesting that you darken the background to create more contrast, but I personally like it the way it is now. Outstanding piece!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you soooo very much!! As to darkening the background, I think that would be one alteration that I would NOT adjust... :( I think the hardest part for me to accept right now, is the fact that the background is already as dark as it is... it was intended to be much lighter, but I can live with it like that. I think I might just leave that reflection as well... I don't want to screw it up, and from everyone's comments, it seems that it is suggested to keep it. Now the hand...... maybe one day :)
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cherieangejade Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, no problem! :)
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AthenaTT Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Outstanding!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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waltzinghippie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is stunning! I can't get over how beautiful and realistic her hair is - I'm amazed you've gotten so much detail down in watercolor!!

I love her expression as well, it's young and a little shy - I like the reflections in her glasses, they look great!

I think you're being too hard on yourself, it's a beautiful piece! My only recommendation would be so smooth out her face on the left (our right) side a little - it's not so much that it takes away from the image at all, but it might help smooth out her features, since she does look like she's young?

Anyway, it's gorgeous, you should be proud!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so so so very much!! I struggled a bit already on smoothing out her skin to make her appear as young as she is, but without scrubbing out the right-hand side once again, I think I will have to live with her cheek the way it is :( I put so much effort into this piece, that I have no energy left for it, I think! Thanks so much for your feedback!
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waltzinghippie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand! Sometimes, you're just DONE with a painting, and need to move on. It's absolutely stunning, really, and I think you should be really proud of yourself! :)
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IronLion82 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fine work. I'm jealous :D
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Ha! Don't be - please!! But, thank you! :)
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
:) very pretty work!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
it's my pleasure! :D
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Web-Nightingale Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love her hair, you really worked hard on it!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love painting hair!
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Web-Nightingale Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It worthed the effort, really!
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TapSpring-352 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Wow it's look so reall!! You are so TALENTED :DD
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you soooo much!! :)
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TapSpring-352 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
you're very welcome,
I do really like this pic, It's show a lot about how much you study and try hard to get the talent you have right now, great work :D
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Papercolour Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello!
To answer your question, I don't think you have to change the glasses. they give a realistic feeling.
Perhaps the background is too much detailed...almost for the white feathers around her head on her right side.
This is my opinion, get it for what you think. :sun:
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks for your input! The funny thing, I had wanted to leave the background less detailed, and then only bring some focus onto the lighter coloured feathers in the foreground, to give it the sense that they were closer, and that also that they were floating all around. I also only meant to have one feather that would be much lighter than the rest, but then this all happened! Not too sure I want to darken the background any further at this point, as I've gone from one thought to another with it altogether, that I'm afraid to see it change again. I actually prefer the more detailed background feathers as it brought the background and foreground together, with much of the same type of 'lines'... if you see what I mean. Anyway, I am putting the painting away for a while, and at a future date, if I think it still needs some work, then I will attempt something, but maybe not! :)
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Papercolour Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I understand what you mean: sometimes we can't manage what happens and so what is the best choice? Leat it go its own way or try to change it? If you are not sure this is still your choice, if you are affraid about any changes, let it go!
I often feel my paintings are not mine anymore...
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RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If anything, I would use your artist's license to adjust the reflections somewhat, if you can (I'm not familiar with water colors, so you'd know better than I). They don't take anything away from the picture, but could maybe be better placed. Taking them out completely would take a little of the sense pf reality away from the picture, I think.

I understand that you're sick of this piece, lol. You did a great job, and your persistence with it shows through. Take a break so you don't end of taking it out on the poor subject. ,)
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks! You know, I think I might just let it be for the time being... put it away, and then pull it out again at a later date. If the reflections still jump out at me as seeming off, then I will attempt to fix it, but that idea also scares the wits out of me! Yes, watercolour can be difficult to fix, but seeing as most of the highlight is white, might not be too bad to pull out the rest of the colour, and then add in the rest of her eyes and skin tones... but again, we'll see! :)
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RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!!!
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Leannee1993 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this looks great, love the attention to detail and i agree about the hand thing but dont be too picky, it looks amazing!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks sooooo much!! I will fix the hand, I think, as it seems to be what most are picking up on... in a few days though... not too soon! :)
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adamasartus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everything's got the right place,shadow,light everything greatly done!!
I wouldn't touch anything!!!
It's superb!!!
Congratulations!!!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so so much!! I was really feeling down about this painting, but I guess it really was just a case of me looking at it for too long. I'm happy I posted, rather than dumping the painting in the trash!
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jjackm Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
great use of the medium. The reflections are a little confusing to me. Great light and shadows. I do see what that guy meant about her left hand but I still like her hands. Her hair is beautiful but there is just something odd about it, maybe it is too uniform or formulaic? Great clothing and nice wet into wet work. I personally go crazy painting like this...How did you save out your lights?
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks! I really think I should remove the reflections, seeing as they seem, to me as well, confusing... but I'm also afraid I'll mess up the portrait... should have thought it out a bit better when I started painting... oh well, live and learn, huh? Her hair, oddly enough, fell exactly as I've painted it... she was having a 'good-hair day'! :) As for saving out the lights, I did not use any friskit or anything like that, I just basically painted around the whites, and in some cases, like the feathers in the background, I did do some scrubbing out to bring back the white of the paper. Thanks for your input, I really appreciate it!
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