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Silver streams [20090602|21:16]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Silver streams


Materials: 1 12"x39" canvas, molding paste, my beloved milliput, acrylic paint, metallic paint for miniatures (chainmail), black ink


The inspiration for this came from a dream. When I woke, this image of a thousand iridescent insects skating on a churning liquid surface was all that it left me with. I felt it was worth capturing.

This is the largest canvas I've ever finished.

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[User Picture]From: tanjent
2009-06-02 20:50 (UTC)
That's gorgeous. If you were in Seattle, I'd buy it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-02 22:38 (UTC)
Thank you, that's very kind. Out of curiosity, would you want it framed or unframed?
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[User Picture]From: tanjent
2009-06-02 23:31 (UTC)
I prefer unframed, especially with all the surface detail this one has.
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[User Picture]From: automatic_kafka
2009-06-02 21:28 (UTC)
i fucking love the fucking fuck out of it
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-02 22:38 (UTC)
That's fucking awesome, thank you.
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[User Picture]From: ursarctous
2009-06-02 21:36 (UTC)
oh, that's beautiful. and very norfolk-like again!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-02 22:39 (UTC)
I hadn't thought of that, but all these visits to Norfolk do seem to be influencing my choice of palette.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2009-06-02 21:39 (UTC)
Looking at this makes me feel small, one with the earth, cradled in a wave. I love it and it should be hanging in an important gallery somewhere.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-02 22:55 (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your impressions. I appreciate it!
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From: saugust
2009-06-02 22:13 (UTC)
well, it looks awful. But what's worse, it does not seem to have a deep thought behind it.

Dreams are not enough and even inspiration may be a fake. Art is a damn hard work, you need to know a lot, you need to work for many a years to create something worthwile. Unless you are natural born genius, of course.

I thought you deserve my honest comment, feel free to delete it if it was unwelcome.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-02 22:46 (UTC)
If this is how you set out to make new friends on LJ, may I suggest you rethink your tactics? I am puzzled why you choose this unvarnished bit of criticism as a method of drawing my attention to you.

"It looks awful" isn't very helpful. "You need to seek other sources of inspiration" is marginally more so. If you look back through my "painting" tag you will see that this is the first occasion on which I have used a dream as an image source. Most of the time my ideas come from much more intimately personal sources, so much so that I'm reluctant to share them in public. Which is why, although I have painted for years, I don't attempt to make a living out of it.
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2009-06-02 22:54 (UTC)
that post was serious?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-02 22:59 (UTC)
I don't know the person, so I took it at face value.
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From: saugust
2009-06-02 23:12 (UTC)
> I am puzzled why you choose this unvarnished bit of criticism as a method of drawing my attention to you.

Sorry, I hope I was not rude, only honest. As I said, feel free to delete my comment if it offends you. And I promise not to comment you again - you may rely on that :)

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[User Picture]From: shamroq
2009-06-03 15:51 (UTC)
Good idea. Delete the comment after you've read it to erase the sentiment. Perhaps later I could saw off your leg and, if it bothers you, I'll apologize and everything will be fine.

Just so you know, your unsolicited feedback makes you sound like a douchetruck. No offense or anything, of course. Just a little helpful perspective. Feel free to not read this again if it bothers you.
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[User Picture]From: tanjent
2009-06-02 23:34 (UTC)
Criticism, on the other hand, is easy. ;)
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2009-06-03 01:07 (UTC)
love this.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-05 15:45 (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: minirth
2009-06-03 01:10 (UTC)
I LIKE IT!!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-05 15:46 (UTC)
Thank you. (PS, I love that icon. I always picture you with the same mischievous smile on your face.)
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From: typwrtr
2009-06-03 11:25 (UTC)
Thats excellent! You should be proud of yourself!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-05 15:47 (UTC)
Thank you! I will do my best.
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From: pbristow
2009-06-03 12:25 (UTC)
First impression: Not my cup of tea. Very dark. Close-up of a tree trunk, perhaps?

After giving it a minute: I like the textures in it. I think those would be more obvious seeing the real painting than they can ever be in a photo.

Finally getting around to reading the inspiration, and looking at the detail again: Ooh yeah! I can see the little critters! Neat! =:o}

N.B. I don't generally look at art in much depth. You can probably tell. =:o?


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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-05 15:48 (UTC)
Hee. Thank you for sharing your changing impressions. Made me grin.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2009-06-09 15:17 (UTC)
I like this piece very much. It captures the sense of a dream in a not-so-obvious way. Just as you try to focus attention on a detail (the little insects, for example), nearby movement pulls the focus away just a bit, challenging the effort if not thwarting it. For me, at least, that seems to be an ever-present aspect of dreaming. I can't recall ever seeing a piece that touched upon that particular aspect of the dream experience. Thank you for sharing this!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-09 21:05 (UTC)
Wow, I've missed your feedback. You always manage to find something about a piece that was buried in subconscious intent and distill it into words. I really appreciate it. Thank you.
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