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Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Face-Reality Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Face-Reality
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - 12" x 18" - June 2012 - Watercolour

I went away with my girlfriends last weekend, took an extra day off from work, and stretched our get-away into three days - enabling me to work without interruption, no laundry to wash, fold or hang, household chores to moan and fuss about, kids to tend to and taxi around... just pure bliss, and painting!

When I started this painting, I was kind of in a panic, thinking I had drowned it in way too much colour, but slowly, as I began to add more detail, the colour kind of subdued into a more harmonious balance that I could accept.

Originally, it was only a joke, but the title "somewhere over the rainbow" came about from my mocking the colourful puddles consuming my paper. Most of the time, I come up with some pretty ludicrous and outrageous, often idiotic titles, for my paintings, but I couldn't come up with a darn thing for this one - other than to call it "Karen", of whom the portrait is. But, you know what... I like to think that her gaze, whatever it is that she is fixated on, is something positive, somewhere over the rainbow, so it's sticking :)

Thanks for looking!
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FireLady3 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
absolutely perfect !=)
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BarboraZhorelova Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautilful...
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PicaPicaMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful.
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fabbub Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
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Onyana Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't get over how beautiful this is! Do you have a special trick for creating the colour of black skin? It looks absolutely perfect to me. The scarf is also extremely well done, especially when you look more carefully and notice you have often hinted at realism there, instead allowing the scarf as a whole to trick your brain into seeing it perfectly and to focus back onto the face. Your friend is very beautiful by the way!
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
This beautiful work is featured here [link]
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:iconface-reality:
Face-Reality Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much!
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Very welcome...
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dmkozicka Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful painting !!
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jennife22 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow what a beautiful painting! love the vibrant colours used!
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:iconface-reality:
Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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MariaNeves Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so amazing. I really apreciate your paintings. did you start by having lessons? is this your favourite technic?
I'd like to paint like you.
:)
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Maria, I am so very sorry for not responding to your message earlier - THANK YOU - you are so very kind! I have been 'artistic' since a very young age, and while growing up, watched my mother paint. I did attend college and university and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, but cannot say that it was through my schooling that I developed any lasting techniques. It seems they are always changing and developing with each and every painting - and it's only through a lot of practice and patience that you actually find a technique suited for your own self. It was only after my schooling that I picked up watercolour, which you could say is my favourite medium, and although I do love acrylics, as well as oils, not to mention just plain old graphite, I always turn back to my trusty watercolours :) Thanks for your message, and again, I apologize for my tardy response. Lisa
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PeterPainter Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
great painting! haha your username reminds me of my painting :P [link]
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windowfog Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the tones on her face (esp. towards the cheek and jaw area) and the textures you achieved in the hair.
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
:wow: very beautiful work! :thumbsup:
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xenomalous Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student General Artist
What a striking image! I'm definitely a fan of all the colours you used--in the wood especially! What a wonderful way to watercolour.
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Kenai-Okami75 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm loving the colors and especially the textures. :D
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JlaArtbug Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the technique and the title gives it a little something extra. Glad you kept it. Makes me think of a modern day Dorothy.
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lphopkins2002 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Love how you did her hair!
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:iconariesnamarie:
AriesNamarie Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous!
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have featured your awesome work here: [link]
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so well-painted and I love the details. Great job :)
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AveragePineapple Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is incredible !
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Dulliros Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't say anything else, but "This is absolutely gorgeous". :worship:
And the title somehow really fits.
:+fav:
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starmic Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
i have no words:):heart:
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skeegoedhart Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lovely, delicate and provocative
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JohnHaunLE Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
awesome!
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vedrana7 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
beautiful portrait :)
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:iconrorsdors:
rorsdors Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Really is a beautiful piece of work,the face really is so expressive and the colours are great.
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Lucysthings Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Just lovely :)
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Lucysthings Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
lovely
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weida34 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist
this masterpiece has been featured :)
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:iconviperosity:
Viperosity Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!! Great job with the detail, especially in the hair! :)
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:iconweida34:
weida34 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist
beautiful work! her face is very captivating, can't stop looking at it :)
and colors are just great!
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Katzenfrau007 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
wowww amazing work
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A-Falcon-Velazquez Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Wonderful work as usual =)
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LeonieZurakowsky Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Magical scene and concept! :D
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MikeGould Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a wonderful portrait. The detail from karen's hair to mher scarf to the knotholse in the wood behind her is breathtaking and the colours work so well together - a great piece of composition. Her gaze looks like a gaze of wonderment and is beautifully captured.
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PhotonLights Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING! I looove the colors and you did a wonderful job :)
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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masscreation Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Great painting!
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:iconface-reality:
Face-Reality Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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MADMANHales Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
beautiful!
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:iconface-reality:
Face-Reality Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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