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« on: April 06, 2016 12:09:42 PM »

'Calypso bulbosa'
Acrylic on canvas

“People give flowers as presents because flowers contain the true meaning of love. Anyone tries to possess a flower will have to watch its beauty fading. But if you simply look at a flower on a field, you will keep it forever, because the flower is part of the evening and the sunset and the smell of damp earth and the clouds on the horizon.” - Paulo Coelho, Brida

 
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This piece was inspired by a drawing I did recently during a live model class, and also the coming of spring. My style of artwork is usually fantasy mixed with realism and lots of detail! One thing I loved about the live model class is the limited time frame to draw a figure so my sketches became much more expressive. I wanted to try the same thing out in a painting, and instead of focusing on small details create something more emotional and expressive. I'm pretty happy with how she turned out!

You can view my piece larger here: http://rjannelle.deviantart.com/art/Calypso-bulbosa-601395759

Critiques are much appreciated Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2016 02:11:30 PM »

Pretty cool painting.  You captured her anatomy/proportions well, and I like that the figure is more shaded/developed in the center of her body and becomes less distinct as you move up/down to the head/arms and shins/feet.  The only criticism I have is that there's a lot of empty space; I think it would be a stronger piece if you cropped some of that out to focus more on the woman.

I strongly agree with that Paulo Coelho quote you posted--it's better to give planted flowers than cut ones that are just going to die, and it's even better still to just appreciate them in their natural environment outdoors.  I contemplated making some dried flowers last summer, but I just couldn't bring myself to kill them (I'm silly like that).

When I took illustration classes in college, they NEVER had nude models, just clad ones (or at least they didn't when I was present, I skipped class pretty frequently, lol).  I think the problem was that the art department paid the same rate for both clad and unclad models (and minimum wage at that), so, unless you were an exhibitionist, why would you take anything off?
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2016 06:37:47 PM »

Your composition is expressive; the fluidity of the model makes it easy for one's eyes to travel her contours, and the absence of detailed feet allowed my gaze to continue along the definitive line and then gaze upward toward the brushwork in the upper portion. I enjoyed looking at your work. Thank you!

And to Patraw regarding the problem with a lack of nude models (the horror!), I only have to say what I have experienced, which could simply be explained by location. While living in SF, I was a paid model for a figure drawing class, and all of the models were paid the same. However, everyone was nude, so who knows if clothed people received the same paycheck! Californians.  Cheesy

Thank you for sharing your lovely work, rjannelle!
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2016 11:36:26 AM »

Thanks for the feedback Patraw and pottermouth Smiley

Patraw the absence of detail throughout most of the piece, save for the figure, was actually my intended effect. I want my painting to instill more of an emotional response, and have the viewer get lost in their own imagination. I didn't want to tell the story of the figure, per se, but have the viewer create their own. With that being said, the quote by Paulo Coelho and the name of the painting (Calypso bulbosa) elude to the fact that both flowers and people are beautiful and fragile, and neither should be possessed Smiley hopefully I have achieved the desired effect for both of you!
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