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Old 08-12-2012, 10:34 PM
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Hymn to Helios

Gouache and watercolor on cardboard. 6 x 9 inches. Comments and crits are welcome. Thanks!

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Re: Hymn to Helios

Nice work. Great balance of exciting passages and quiet space.
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I like the blurred top layer of the "in focus" under layer. It gives the piece some cool depth.
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I love this sooo... Much. I have one comment that's purely an observation. All the marks go downward and fast, it reminds me of a waterfall. I'm wondering what your intentions were when you painted it? What was your inspiration and what do you want your viewers to see/feel etc?. I think it great
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I really like this a lot. Like the colors and blending you did. What I like about it the most is that the right side of the painting seems to be the foreground. And as you start looking to the left from there, it looks like it's going back into the distance. I guess I could have said that it has great depth, lol, but I think it's better that you know what I think.

Wonderful colors, depth, and blending.

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Raeburn, I like this. The yellow is great to look upon without being overly bright. All in all, it's a fun piece to view.

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This is really nice! Well done!
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Brushwaggler - Thanks, this is my "summer" abstraction (I previously did watercolors inspired by winter and spring). I was trying to get the effect of light diffused through mist, just to give some contrast to the sharper passages. I had in mind certain poems paying tribute to Helios (sun god in Greek mythology) or Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita.

Jumper - Thanks for your comments about depth. In terms of edges, I was taught that sharpness comes forward and blurriness recedes, but thought I'd try reversing the effect. It's a bit disorienting but I kind of like it.

Cory - I'm glad that you don't find the yellow too bright or monotonous. The cardboard support absorbed a lot of the saturation.

Graphicali - I appreciate your comments as always
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Cool. Nice work.
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Thanks very much Sean.
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I like it, I see a lot of depth. I also went back to view your winter piece, although the thread is closed now I just wanted to say, I love it!
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Very nice reverse effect of blurry and sharp. Like looking through a partially misty and water-streaked window.
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Very cool

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