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Octopus Inc.
07-07-2012, 03:00 PM
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"Life" Oil on panel 23.75" x 33.5"
the blue background here came out a bit darker and blotchier than i would have liked. i'll have to go over it again, which is a bit of a drag because then i really wont be able to see my under drawing anymore...ugggh well, paint and learn.

07-07-2012, 07:57 PM
I like your drawing. Agree it is a pity you chose to paint out in blue


Octopus Inc.
07-08-2012, 03:36 AM
yeah thanks, i may end up starting over completely on this one... not just the blue but there are a few other things i havent been completely happy with on this piece...i just hate to think ive wasted so much time.. well i suppose it's not wasted if ive learned something.

07-08-2012, 09:10 AM
It is a very interesting composition, I studied it for some time! Your figure has a very delicate pose and I feel is well constructed.... if that is the right term :\ she definitely depicts the floating feeling! I like the lizard too he is quite menacing.... I'm not sure about the blue paint-out either, it seems to lose something quite unique. Though I am not sure what else you could do in place? Sleep on it, something will strike you. Cheers and keep smiling and painting.. Debs. =0)

Octopus Inc.
08-10-2012, 01:00 PM
ok, so after a bit of time trying to figure out just what was going to work best for this i've come up with a solution. although i'll admit this route may be a little dodgy. as i began to "oil out" the painting for the following layer i was noticing the oil beading up on the surface of the painting, especially where i had been using flake white mixtures. odd i know. so what i've decided to do here is to lightly sand the entire panel in an attempt to remove whatever it is that was repelling the oil. i have then drawn in some of the background details that were lost in the blue paint out. the result which can be seen here. i will then go back in and strengthen the lines and colors with nice thick paint mixed only with a touch of linseed oil to keep in line with the fat over lean adage.

08-13-2012, 01:01 AM
Very impressive Octo
I like it

08-13-2012, 09:56 AM
I like it to, the drawing, coloring, even the blue background. I don't understand the symbols, but I like the work. It seems to be very skillfully done with great attention to detail. A nit would be that the lettering (?) on the very bottom seems to diminish in height from left to right. But I don't know the symbols, so it's probably correctly sized. Well done.

Octopus Inc.
08-13-2012, 09:12 PM
Thanks!! The symbols are from the Khmer or Cambodian alphabet. The words are "Life" on top and "Eternal" on the bottom. But were it not for your saying so, I may not have noticed until too late, that you are 100% correct! They are the wrong size. Thank you. The error has ben remedied. The molecules are serotonin on the left, and dopamine on the right. Key factors in our perception of the world. From the bottom to the top you have fungus, reptilian up through human to God. The woman is connected to history and the ancestors through D.N.A., birth and death. And to God through a choice of paths. It's all laid out on a foundation of sacred geometry, "the armature of the rectangle". And the gecko eating it's own tail is my homage to Ouroboros and an allusion to Eternity.

08-13-2012, 11:12 PM
Ella! Good observation! This forum is certainly here for a reason!!!! =)) Octo, I love the way your mind works, your explanations are well thought out and connected! Fascinating truly! =)) Debs.