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Singing the Blues - Watercolour - 13" x 20" - August 2011

Thornetta Davis really struck me when I saw her perform live at the Blues Festival... A big part of what captured my attention was her dress, I confess! Anyway, I worked on this last week while I was on vacation, and then set it aside, as I really wasn't so sure about it... it was the background... it was way too faded looking, so I tackled it again yesterday afternoon, and ended up with this. I was hoping to have something bold enough in the background to balance out the brilliance of her dress, but not outshine her 'performance', so to speak :)

Thanks for looking!
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Erozja Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Hi! :wave:

Your beautiful work has been FEATURED IN MY JOURNAL here: [link] :iconmyheartplz:

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artserge Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely awesome painting, so vibrant!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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sunlightsrising Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
very lovely and lively painting
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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panda-jamican-pie Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she's amazing!!!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Yes, she is!! Loved seeing her perform live :)
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RealNsurreal Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Does this woman know how to say "I'M HERE" or WHAT. She's big and bold - absolutely love this, you totally captured her presence! Thank you for all the hard work on that dress pattern, it was worth it, a feast for the eyes.
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you SO much!! Yes, she definitely has a very big presence which caught my attention immediately when I saw her perform live. Wonderful person too - I 'friended' her on Facebook! :)
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w176 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you succeeded. What struck me about was the brilliancy of both background and dress.
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you sooooo much!! :)
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tiiko24 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, how wonderful! This is so full of life and detail! I LOVE the dress, all the hues of pink an red. I know
just by watching how that dress feels. Also as I live near the arctic circle the so colors of the dress and the background affect me due to seasonal sensitivity. I also like the "blurring" on the right lower corner. She's bringing to flesh the fruit giving and warm fall after all the hot summer's work.
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for such a lovely comment! I was very excited about working on this painting, and although I went thru a couple of doubts mid-way, I am so happy I continued.
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RayvensEye Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011   General Artist
I think you did a beautiful job on this piece :)
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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RayvensEye Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   General Artist
Your welcome :)
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Smiling-Raven Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Omg, this is too gorgeous! :heart: Makes me speechless! :nod:
I don't know what to say, but your work really impresses me; such an amazing use of watercolour. :love:
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much!!
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the pattern and textures :)
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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EclecticNinja Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
wow, this is beautiful! the details in the dress and in her face and hair and then the background. everything just works so well!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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EclecticNinja Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
my pleasure ^^
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you SOOOOOO very much!!
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EclecticNinja Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
my pleasure ^^
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KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wowzers! Love the patterned dress! What work and skill you put into this!
(How long did it take?)
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks!! I loved her dress too, and knew I had to paint it. Hm... how long did it take... I'd have to say roughly between 30-40 hours, give or take... I really am not very good at keeping track, so this is really just a guesstimate. I was really disappointed with it at one point, and thought I had wasted my time altogether, but glad I persevered. I'm thinking about entering it into a competition - something I've never done before. Keep your fingers crossed for me :)
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KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
Oh! Wow, I definitely will! Sending out good vibes right now, I am! It surely is so well done, and the choice of subject so wondrous, that it deserves to win no matter what the competitors are!
Have you ever entered you work into competition before? I got some very good advice about that once, from someone here in the ether we call dA. I suppose you have tons of experience with this sort of thing though! Your work is incredibly well done and beautiful and also very memorable! Best of luck (unfortunately there is some luck involved, rather than it being based solely on merit).
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Sorry for the late reply.. I've been neglecting DeviantArt lately... as well as entering the painting in the competition. I decided I wasn't quite ready yet... for whatever reason (self-doubt? ugh). I have never entered a competition before, so this would have been my first. I'm not going to give up on the idea just yet, but will try to better prepare myself (if I can ever find time for that! ugh!) I really really really have to get a website up and running I think... just that everything seems to require all this time, that I just don't seem to have, or rather, want to give up to do, as I want to spend every free moment painting it seems. Thank you so much for the encouragement though, I haven't given up on it yet, that's for sure! :)
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Delet-ed Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
The is gorgeous. There's a lot of detail in this piece which I have a challenge finding in watercolor paintings.

Love the colors. They're very vibrant.
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Yes, I kind of thrive on detail :)
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Glorielfwings Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing portrait in every sense of the word!! You managed to capture the vivid details of the dress but also the passion and expression of the music!! :)
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm so pleased to hear this, as this is what I was hoping for. Thanks again! :)
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Glorielfwings Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay!!!!! :) My pleasure!! :) You're art is amazing! :)
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you - again! You're too kind!
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Glorielfwings Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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krissyp00 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is beautiful, and you can really see her expression while singing. I admire your ability! I'm currently trying to get myself better at watercolor painting.
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, I appreciate your comments. Just keep painting, and you'll notice improvements each time... I've used watercolours considerably, and am still learning... but that's the beauty of watercolours, every painting almost always feels like a new 'experiment'.
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Quilsnap Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011   General Artist
wow that is awfully elaborate
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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the-Name-of-the-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! so beautiful and so detail! I love it.
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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mercuryy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
This is wonderful!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Flane-kanja Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the character and emotion in this, and the detail is stunning :)
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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jjackm Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011   Traditional Artist
nice control of your watercolor!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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LoVeras Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work with the details of the dress.
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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