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Sunoculars - 16" x 20" - March 2014 - Watercolour

Have you ever tried photographing a fair-skinned, light-eyed child? No fun at all. Constantly squinting when facing the sun, and this was no different with Robin. When I started painting this picture of her that I took when she was much younger, striking a pose she naturally assumed, she confessed to me that her eyes were usually closed, hidden behind her make-shift sun visor. I was the one who had to squint when working from this photo, at first believing that both eyes were closed, but no... one eye was open.

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muneeraart Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
sooooo nice Waaaah! Waaaah! 
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k-Re Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
How long did this take you?
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Tadpole7 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Well done and very cute. :)
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Hubertpb Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Amazing work
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Gironimo Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, your work is so excellently executed :clap: You seem to handle liquid colours so easily! And especially the colours you chose are very realistic and beautifull :)
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lemgras330 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wonderfully Sweet! :love:
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Wolf-Smith Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is glorious! But you are more so!
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014   General Artist
this image has been selected for watercolorists's Monthly Feature Voting
Good Luck - we'll know the winner in ten days :woohoo:
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TheGudasaro Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job!
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Beautiful work! Wonderful colours!
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fyshie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
masterful
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
It's funny you should say that... My older daughter always questions when I paint from a photograph... wondering where I saw the detail that I added to my painting.  She thinks I'm crazy! lol  As with this painting as well, you can't help but accentuate and exaggerate certain portions, to give the effect that you want... to make it pop, or whatever.  The image that I had of Robin was very dark, and I knew right away that I wanted to brighten it some, and also play with the not-so-believable, yet believable, blue and red shadows.... Ah.... I love being an artist :)
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
I'm such a ditz.  This was meant to be a response to someone's comment... Doh! ;)
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IDCharlie Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colours an childlike experience of this
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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GeorgeZamza Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Bravo!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Althea-25 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful work! :)
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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MGRESA Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student General Artist
genial
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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artiste-reveur Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
She's adorable!  Love the mix of blues and reds for this, too.
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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DanceOfColors Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   Artist
Wonderful!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Artsend Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
So many colors!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
And oddly enough, I only used four colours in this painting!  :)
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Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
awesome
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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CarbonData Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes, I too have the curse of blue eyes and fair skin...even normal light can be harsh at times. This time of year I tend to live in my sunglasses when I'm out...so, yep, we are a pain to get a decent pic of ;) your work is brilliant, and a gorgeous title too xx
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!  I feel for you, as I too am blue-eyed and fair-skinned... the sun really bothers me quite a bit!  Thought the title was befitting of her pudgy little hands :)
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RandySprout Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful, Brilliant!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Randy!
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DanielleIvanova Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, this is adorable! :love: The blue shades on her skin really make the portrait come to life.
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you!  And thank you for mentioning the blue shades, as I deliberately painted them much bluer than "realistically" calls for, wanting to exaggerate it a little, for exactly why you stated!  Glad it worked!!
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DanielleIvanova Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That was indeed a great artistic decision! 
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Matbuk Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks!  Not sure about the contest though... looking at the rules... Not ready to just hand over a work like that :(
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PhotonLights Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute! Fantastic work, this looks incredible!
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so so much!!
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rorsdors Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Nice work, that must have been a surprise coming across the beady eye looking at you!! Real fun picture, love the expression you've captured on her face.
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks!  Yes, a little surprising because I really thought both of her eyes were closed, and the photo I was working from was not the best resolution, but then I saw that little glistening reflection on her eyeball :)  I love painting my kids, especially Robin, with her red hair :)
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rorsdors Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Low quality photos are hell, it's funny how we think stuff is there that when one actually goes about looking realizing the mind has filled in the blanks and the detail isn't there.
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Face-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
It's funny you should say that... My older daughter always questions when I paint from a photograph... wondering where I saw the detail that I added to my painting.  She thinks I'm crazy! lol  As with this painting as well, you can't help but accentuate and exaggerate certain portions, to give the effect that you want... to make it pop, or whatever.  The image that I had of Robin was very dark, and I knew right away that I wanted to brighten it some, and also play with the not-so-believable, yet believable, blue and red shadows.... Ah.... I love being an artist :)
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rorsdors Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
One does begin seeing things that are not there the longer you spend looking, and absolutely you've got to make the photo pop,just reproducing the photo would be a bit of a bore, it's when you get the image and make it your own by taking beyond just the photo.
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