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Old 04-21-2008, 12:18 PM
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I've had some struggles lately. I needed surgery and my Grandma passed away suddenly. My children always bring a new perspective to life and I felt that looking through their eyes would be a good way to get through this as it always is. Life, at even the smallest level is so beautiful and delicate and my children always remind me of that. I figured I'd do a collection of pictures like this one not only for children, but for us adults who would benefit from a new perspective. Afterall, one man's snail infestation is another child's world of irredescent fairy trail makers.

I used prismacolors on 5x7 Bristol board. I'm hoping for C&C's to use while drawing my next one. Thanks!

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Old 04-21-2008, 12:41 PM
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So sorry about your struggle lately and about the loss of your grandmother..
This is a great idea for a series and a beautiful start!!
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Re: #1 of "Child Goggles" collection

I really like the idea of this, and I see you chose some difficult material to draw for most artist too. Hands are a problem for many artists. I'm not a professional artist, as some here actually are, and so the only thing I can say that might be constructive would be maybe to soften the lines in the hands, arms, and wrists. Children generally don't have many hard lines, no wrinkles in the skin yet, stress free life. . . I envy them. This also depends on how high you want the realism, I say this because I could see a series of pieces that are focused on the objects and things that their little eyes would look at. I can't remember really looking at anatomy very much as a child, but I do remember looking in great detail at sea shells, rocks, bugs, lots of bugs, and trees.

Good luck with this endeavor.

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This is a wonderful perspective (and difficult to draw, I might add!). I have a special needs son who is a constant reminder to me that it's the simple things that really have the biggest impact, if we allow it, and really keep us grounded. I hope you share more in the series.
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:17 PM
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Very nice idea and the colors are fitting well, they are so bright and cheerful.

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This sure takes me back to my inquisitive years. I loved snails, even have a terrarium for them for a while. I think the lines in the hand make them look more dirty, as they would be in the snail hunting.
Good job Elizabeth!
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This is a great idea for a series, and your first one has a difficult perspective to get right, but you did it! I do agree with Del that the hands should look more childlike, and softer. A little dirt is ok, like Kathy said, but I think the hands should be smaller, as well as the arms being thinner. I hate to do hands, and I have trouble with hands, too, so don't pay much attention to what I have to say! LOL

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Old 04-21-2008, 06:51 PM
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Re: #1 of "Child Goggles" collection

Thank you all for your kind compliments. I agree about the harshness of the lines. I saw it happening and instead of erasing some color and stopping at that point, I kept going because I thought about the dirty look that Kathy mentioned. I am going to go softer on the rest of the series and try to bring out the object more. Wow, I'm so proud of myself for seeing the same things you guys did! I'm starting to think like a real artist!
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Very intersting painting Elizabeth J!! The colors are great, bright and great contrast. Sorry to hear about your downfalls, my prayers are with you and your family in this time of grief. Memories are always within the heart!!
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Elizabeth....what a wonderful way to move through your struggles. I have used my artwork several times to help me with grief.

Someone once reminded me "aren't we lucky that we have a visual language to describe our feelings?"

I see wonder, hope and life in your subject matter and colors. I think for now I would just let the images come as they are. Plenty of time for learning.
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