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« on: February 17, 2012 09:05:27 PM »

I've been doing a little experimenting with watercolor, outside of my usual style. Normally I use liquid latex relief and create vivid, rainbow-colored confections with nature-derived subjects, but after some potentially career-ending surgery, a physically and emotionally difficult semester, and a period of self-doubt and lack of confidence in my skills (all of which I've fully recovered from!), I decided to explore some darker imagery.

This one is called "Pygmalion," after the story of the sculptor who carved a beautiful woman out of marble, then fell in love with her. The Gods brought her to life for the artist, so they could be married. I've always had a soft spot for sentient machinery in my heart- I find the idea of a machine searching for humanity or a soul that it doesn't know it already possesses to be very romantic. I love the notion that all of us, machine or human, can grow beyond our programming or expectations, but I also find that the reverse imagery can be very dark (think The Matrix, Terminator, etc).

Anyway, this is definitely my favorite painting I've done yet. I've cherished the idea for a really long time, and only feel like now I'm actually good enough to paint what's really in my head. She is kind of inspired by Maria from "Metropolis," is 14"x17", and as always, much more vivid in real life because all I have is a camera phone.



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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2012 09:43:09 PM »

I'm in love with this.  Beautiful work, emotional and striking and unique.
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2012 09:21:46 AM »

This is so gorgeous! I want it!!!! LOVE it! great job!
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2012 05:06:41 PM »

Thank you! I love this one; every time I look at it, I imagine an Asimov-esque story in which a roboticist falls in love with his creation. I imagine that this image is how he sees her, with the lines between her machinery and humanity blurred. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2012 10:53:18 AM »

This is STUNNING! Really, I look at it and it takes my breath away. I could never figure out water colours (I usually use oils, gauche or graphic markers) and this level of skill is simply astounding. Bravo.
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