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18x24" Arches hot press paper
Water-soluble crayons, watercolours, ink


Click to view earlier version from October 2008

Work-in-progress shots

Close-up I; Close-up II

• Started 7th June ; Completed 25th July ; Approximately 110 hours

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Thank you `zerocomplex, ^sphilr, *lolitaAgogo, `wroth and `athenatt for taking interest in the work-in-progresses :heart:

This redux was interesting in many different ways. Every piece comes with its challenges, and this time it was achieving chiaroscuro with watercolours, and trying my hand at multifaceted hair. Also, this was the first time I've worked on a watercolour piece over such a long stretch of time, owing to inflammation and stiffness occurring in my painting arm. This was problematic because I'm not accustomed to resting when I work, so the momentum was broken just a bit at first, which was then turned around to be something quite useful, as the longer pauses lend fresh eyes and a wider perspective.

It feels really, really, really big and tall in person. Just so you know.

I wish very much to develop an "aftermath" to this piece. It'll come to me one of these days.

Thank you very much for stopping by :iconkissmeeplz:





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Critique by SkillZombie SkillZombie/critique/267906636">Jul 26, 2010, 10:06:08 AM
Serenity. That was the first word that came to my mind when I laid eyes on this piece. Every part of this image just makes you feel as if your are floating alongside of the female character within the image. It really gives a strong and almost inspirational feeling when you lay eyes upon the piece.

To begin with, the detail here in in full effect. Every part of the woman and the bird flying through carries a strong sense of atomic correctness. The subtle and gentle curves of the woman's body entices both the eye and the imagination; her hair flowing in a stilled breeze that you can just see moving her hair gracefully through this unknown plane of existence.

The colors used in this pieces are also a major engaging piece. As I mentioned earlier, this piece really makes you feel calm and serene, as if all of your inhibitions and problems melt away. The dove flying in the background further ads to the feeling of inner peace and solidifies the strength of the overall composition.

Let's not forget the though provoking effects that the piece hold within itself. The bird fluttering over the floating woman could symbolize that the woman is finally at a state of inner peace after and the bird could represent the release of her spirit from its mortal grips and finally allowing itself to move free without restraint both artistically and metaphorically.

I can really tell that ^snowmask really took her time on this pieces and the quality that she is known for really shows here. The stunning color pallet and beautiful design really call out to all who view. Another excellent work, Katie. :salute:
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Critique by Ayhe Ayhe/critique/267907132">Jul 26, 2010, 10:08:39 AM
Ethereal might be a short word to describe the beautiness of this marvelous artwork.
The girl´s pose emanates a lot of peace, and the way the pose is drawn is abit unique, because the artist did it in an unusual perspective. Also, the hands catch the attention. One is embracing the body, and the other one shows the girl´s reluctancy towards Peace - symbolized by the pigeon-
The elements are beautifuly balanced, and I liked the contrast between the blue and the violet.
And the semicirles in the background...I am crazy for them :heart:

This is definitely, one of the best artworks from one of my favourite artists.
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IanabelleIsaK Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
:heart: Beautiful work!
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Jack-the-drunk Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your work will be feature here [link]
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks!
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Jack-the-drunk Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your welcom!
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f-ix Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
:love: No need for words ...
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:love:
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i-concur Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
can i just put this painting in my pussy
...can i just put your pussies in my pussy
they are very well built husky pussies
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snowmask Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You have to jam it up in there well and good.
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iceofwolf Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I popped over to see what you were up to since I haven't seen any deviations filter through in a while and found this! What a wonderful discovery of symbols and beautiful painting.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much <3 It's framed quite nicely for a show next year - [link]

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iceofwolf Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oooh, very nice. (And you do have a beautifully designed website.) Have you considered what the "after" painting will be?
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not sure what you mean by "after" painting?
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:iconiceofwolf:
iceofwolf Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You mentioned in your author's comments that you want to develop an "aftermath" to this piece. I think it would be neat to see what you do. :aww:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahhhh right, I forgot about writing that haha <3 Yes, I still haven't thought of an aftermath to this piece. It'll come to me!
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AERRG Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! LOVE THE COLORS!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!! ^_^
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks :heart:
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AERRG Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ur welcome ^_^
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Heidi-V-Art Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
So enchanting and beautiful! I like the colors you have chosen! So wonderfully done! :clap:
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I love the intense colours too :heart:
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saralove18 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
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Clavis-Salomonis Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Your awesome work has been featured here: [link] :D
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TiffanySamanthaLewis Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how did you create the transition from light to dark with the background blues and the curved lines? that is amazingly talented!
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I have a walkthrough of this painting on my website.

The 5th WIP is where I finished the blue. Unfortunately I did not take any photos of the process where I masked all those curved lines.

If you are unfamiliar with masking in watercolours, this tutorial explains it quite well.

Hope this answers your questions :)
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TiffanySamanthaLewis Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! that helped alot. i have one more question: does the masking fixative have to be white or can it be clear?
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am not sure what you mean by "masking fixative".

Are you referring to masking fluid?

Or are you referring to the workable fixative?

They are two completely different materials.
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TiffanySamanthaLewis Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well what's the difference between the two? i never learned any of these thinggs in art class.
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
These are very specific art materials and I am not sure that they would be covered in basic art classes.

Did you look at the links I sent you before?

Here are elaborated answers to your question.


MASKING FLUID

This tutorial covers the use of masking fluid. It is sometimes referred to as "frisket". It's basically latex in liquid form. You apply it to areas where you do not want paint to go on the paper, thus keeping the paper white.

I am sharing two WIPs of one of my paintings.

  1. With this one, you should see light blue/turquoise shiny strands in her hair, that look kind of chunky. That is what masking fluid looks like when it dries. It dries to a latex/plastic film.


  2. With this one, you can see many white strands of hair in front of her face. The white areas are the paper itself. This untouched, protected paper is revealed when I pull off the latex film (dried masking fluid).


The only rule with painting in watercolours is there is no white whiter than the white of your paper. It is very important to preserve the whiteness of your paper. Painting with watercolours is not like painting with oils or acrylics. You cannot build on your lightest areas at a later stage. You must do it constantly while painting, keeping your highlights untouched by paint.




WORKABLE FIXATIVE

This is workable fixative. It comes in a spray can. When you spray it over pencils, charcoal, pastels and watercolour, it protects the layer that you were working on. You know how watercolour runs even though it dries? Workable fixative can prevent that from happening.

Let's look at this WIP of one of my paintings. Observe how in the beginning, the woman is toned in purple, and in the next stage, she has all natural skin tone. After I was done painting the woman in purple, I sprayed workable fixative over her, allowed it to dry for a day, and then painted her over with ochres and pinks. This would not be possible without the use of workable fixative. The colours would have run horribly, and the result would not be so clean and precise.

Now let's refer to this walkthrough. The photographs document the process of using workable fixative.




I hope the time and effort I put forth in sharing these techniques would be helpful to you. Most people would instantly ignore such a big wall of text ;)

 
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TiffanySamanthaLewis Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh believe me, this is definetely helpful. thank you so much for the information. :)
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am happy to know that you actually read all that :)

Masking fluid and workable fixative are not at all expensive. So try them out for yourself and see what happens!
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MeliisaP Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow this is amazing. Its work like this that motivates me to keep studying art and not give up.
I love the paintwork at the top!
Also the detail of the hair and the way it blends in with the plants is beautiful!
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :rose: It's one of my favourite pieces.
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gisi23 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
wooow this is an amazing work. awesome awesome awesome!!!!!!!
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :hug:
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oldschoolgym Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
This is really beautiful art...you rock!!!
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug: it's one of my favourite pieces.
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BlackSai1s Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
so awesome ,, great job =)
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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phootyraskel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist
i like where the colors mix,in the negative space between the blending in the background. it is very delicate,and unique.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :heart: The colour blending in the background was a real joy with this painting. Glad you enjoyed that!
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phootyraskel Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist
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phootyraskel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist
i like where the colors mix,in the negative space between the blending in the background. it is very delicate,and unique.
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DanikaMilles Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow this is amazing
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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DanikaMilles Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome
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KawaiKawaii Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Wow, just wow, I don't know what else to say. I stared at this piece for a long time, great work!
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :heart: I just took this out of its old frame the other day to put it in a new and better one and it is very nice in person :nod:
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SAC-Collectif Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
likes this a lot
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
So do I! :love:
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SAC-Collectif Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
likes this a lot
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sandtree Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
This is so amazing I´m out of words
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