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Inspired by a recent visit to Palomar observatory ([link] ), and by a photograph of the milky way galaxy ([link]... ).

Painted with pure transparent watercolor paints (W&N) on 140Lbs CP Arches paper. Original size 11×15″
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Gorgeous colors. Love the style and mood.
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artpearl Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
You're welcome :aww:
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yutu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it :)
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artpearl Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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hojGi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student
:happycry: :chew: Very NICE work! I like your original watercolor artworks! :nod: Keep it UP! :meow:
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artpearl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, that's so nice to hear! Keep watching, I will post some more soon:)
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hojGi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student
:nod:
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Pabsantos Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, that's really hard to do with watercolour! I mean, color over color, stain over stain, and obtain this effect... U must be working with watercolour for a time now...
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artpearl Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the enthusiasm! Yes, I have been doing it for awhile, but only in recent years I have had enough time to focus on my art. Make sure you have really good paint and really good paper. I know people try to save money thinking 'I'll use this till I get better', but it's almost impossible to get better with bad materials. The next most important thing is to be bold and experiment a lot, Also, watercolor paints do a lot of exciting, maybe unexpected, things on the paper. Dont treat it as an error, make use of it, incorporate it in the final result. Watercolor is a wonderful medium if you give it a descent chance, like a duet between you and the painting:)
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Pabsantos Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you for the hints, haha! And yes, my material is really the worst, cause I thought exactly what u said. 
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LikaKinsky Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very attractive and fairy.)))
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artpearl Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad you liked it!
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dreamsinstatic Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Your fantastic work has been featured in Friday Night Features.
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artpearl Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature!
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ltuininga Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is amazing. I was scrolling through the group and this immediately caught my eye.  I am not usually a fan of water colors but you have changed my mind on the potential of this medium.  This is outstanding and you should be very proud!
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artpearl Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for your wonderful comment! It's particularly rewarding as I used to have a low opinion of watercolors too, till I encountered the bold and free paintings of the  'california style'. Watercolor doesnt have to be wishy-washy:)
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Sawakura Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OMG! This is so beautiful! Love the colors!
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artpearl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad you like it!
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TheMiscSquirrel Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is quite an amazing work of art. I'm find myself exploring my thought at the sight of it. It build a scenery for me to let my mind elaborate on and it's wonderful
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artpearl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Very glad to hear it inspires you to imagine more, thank you!
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YarriK40Simf Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great!!!And I thought first that it is my native village)))I was born and raised in the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory in the Crimea,my father-astronomer.And there among the many telescopes have one exactly like this one in Your picture!)))))
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artpearl Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! Nice to know there are common features at distant places!
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kobaltkween Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This makes me think as much of underwater as of sky. The free form of the composition definitely conveys the feeling of floating.
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artpearl Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
I think photos of space also have this 'underwater' feeling. Perhaps because the stars/nebulas seem to float in space, with nothing to hold them in place. Only things on the ground seem bound by gravity...
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FoxCriminal Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Lovely!
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artpearl Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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