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Solitude Blossoms II by artpearl Solitude Blossoms II by artpearl
Is solitude necessarily a sad state to be in? Perhaps being alone doesnt have to mean being lonely…Perhaps it can blossom and bear fruit…
W&N watercolors, Derwent watercolor pencils on Arches CP 140lbs.
Original size 13×20″.

(I posted an intermediate version half a year ago, but decided it didnt feel complete. I’m hoping the balance of the main subject and the environment she’s in is better now)
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KIA-13-7 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing, absolutely beautiful
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artpearl Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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KIA-13-7 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) you're welcome
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youngbodieswarmskin Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
So beautiful. You really have a firm grasp on which colors to choose for a nice flow. The textures, colors and detail come together so perfectly. It's absolutely lovely. Thank you. :heart:
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artpearl Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks! Very rewarding to hear your kind words!
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DaplasticSmiles Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is the best watercolor painting I've ever seen :iconamazingplz:
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artpearl Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks! This is probably the most enthusiastic comment I ever got!
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hdo001 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, it feels so full and complex! Extraordinary artwork, usually I don't feel so provoked when I'm browsing on DA!
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artpearl Featured By Owner May 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! It's very rewarding when a painting of mine touches someone else!
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saberfry Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Freaking gorgeous- great colors - and I love that you filled the entire page with color and still maintained the light airy watercolor feel - bravo- favorited -now watching you @.@
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artpearl Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Some paintings I feel particularly attached to, and this is one of them. So it's very rewarding to hear nice comments like yours:)
(and thanks for fav and watch too!!)
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xxsensi Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
wow amazing!
it's so beautiful...
and the colours!
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artpearl Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much - I'm really pleased you like it!
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Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Very cool!
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artpearl Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
You are welcome!
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ReiRobin Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! Featured in the #21st-Century-Artist, click this link to be directed to the journal!
Thank you so much for creating inspirational work to be shared for all. : )
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artpearl Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I'm very pleased and honored.
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DanceOfColors Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   Artist
Wow how creative!
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artpearl Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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DanceOfColors Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   Artist
:)
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keren-or Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful.
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artpearl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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kobaltkween Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I definitely think you've made this piece even stronger. I know they're very literal, but the flowers do give it a sense of a fruitful and beneficial solitude. And the colors seem more vibrant. Are you using a different method for converting it to a digital image?

You know, I think this is an especially appropriate piece for an online artist community. I could on and on about the benefits of online communities for anyone in the practice of creating, but the downside is definitely a loss of solitude. Musicians used to make whole albums before getting even limited feedback. Writers would write whole novels or at least short stories. Visual artists would only show works after making and selecting them. There was time and space for the creators to hear their own thoughts, see their own visions, and find their own voice. Even when I was young, most of my works were in my sketchbook, and if I got feedback at all, it was from a select group of people around me. Young artists today develop with a much more constant pressure from the public, and even established artists get influenced.

It's great to see a celebration of creative solitude in a time and place where such solitude is rare.
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artpearl Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
The reason I kept coming back to it was that although I wanted some ambiguity about the borders between her and the surrounding, the colors and textures were too uniform. When I just glanced at it (or looked at the thumbnail) nothing jumped out as focal. So I added more washes in places and removed some paint from others to create better defined contrasting areas. I dont know if it works for viewers or not, but it seems better structured to me, and first thing I see is her eye(s).
I always use the same procedure to create a digital version for posting - read it into photoshop auto adjust levels, and reduce the adjustment to 40% or so. I try to make it true to the original. I think it looks more vivid now because there are better contrasts. (the original is more vivid too).
I like having an online community to post ad get some feedback, but once in a while I'm too quick to declare something 'finished' so I can get feedback faster:)
But mostly I enjoy the solitary part when it is just me the paper, paint and brushes.
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DayDreamOrNightmare Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool idea. Were the background textures made with salt and saran wrap? How long did this take? :sun:
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artpearl Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment! I used salt (of various grain size) on the left hand side. No saran wrap in this painting. The textures were generated by using some masking fluid to start with followed by many layers of wet-in-wet painting as well as paint lifting with a wet brush, q-tips, razor, needle ...and more thin color washes...etc.
I had 3 periods of painting this, several months apart. Each time it took several days, many hours a day (but some is for drying). I hope it's finished now:)
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DayDreamOrNightmare Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a lot of work and layers; usually go for a watercolor effect with as little interference from my brush as possible and fewest layers. 25 years of practice and every painting still requires something a bit different than the last. Amazed you didn't overwork it. Learning to quit before you're sure it's finished is worth not over-doing it. :sun:
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