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« on: January 29, 2017 10:11:54 AM »

Hello everyone!

I finally finished my first painting of the new year about a week ago!! 

It's the first piece completed in a large scale series that I'm working on in an effort to help hone my skills and bring my work up to the next level, professionally.  My hope is that I can fine tune and polish my style and approach enough to reach my goal of a solo exhibition in about 5 years time (fingers are crossed for that one!).

But I won't bore you with too many words!  Let me just get to the pictures Wink

Here is my concept work:

This is the completed piece - Unfurl:

Here are some closer photos of the details:

This is 16" x 20" and painted in watercolor (plus a bit of fine liner for edge definition here and there and white gel pen for the occasional highlight).

All pieces in this series are based on the theme "unravel" and will be, as a whole, a sort of self-portrait of myself. 

Unfurl is an introspective piece examining the emotions present when meeting a crossroads in life and the uncertainty of change.

I wanted to work more with symbolism for this series, so everything about the composition is carefully thought out from color to subject matter.  Though the only thing that doesn't clearly come through in these photographs is the thread - that is actually painted with gold acrylic and is symbolic of the golden "Thread of Life". 

I think the most challenging part of this piece were the feathers on the crow and the pearls within the chrysanthemum but despite my chagrin with them, I think it turned out okay. Smiley

Anyway, thanks so much for taking a peak! <3

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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2017 02:02:17 PM »

I think you did an amazing job!
It's an excellent piece of art.
I'm looking forward to seeing the other pieces in this series that you are going to make.

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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2017 07:30:43 PM »

This came out absolutely beautiful! I love all the details and thought that you put into the symbolism. I can't wait to see the rest of the pieces, too.

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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2017 08:38:45 AM »

I love the soft tones and the way it looks so symbolic. It could even pass for some kind of crest

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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2017 07:41:30 AM »

Really, really incredibly beautiful.

« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2017 07:12:45 AM »

Thank you guy so much for all the wonderfully kind words.  I really appreciate them Smiley <3  I'm chugging along on the second piece so I'll definitely post when It's complete. Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2017 09:58:03 AM »

I love how the background looks weathered!

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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2017 06:58:24 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

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