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Half the World Reflected by BlackMage339 Half the World Reflected by BlackMage339
Drink it down, art school - they said NEVER put the horizon on the centre line. So where is it? ON THE CENTRE LINE! BOOM!

Again, painted from a (very crumpled) leaflet I found. I can't believe I live in this country and don't know where this is. I only painted it because it was the right shape. Those green things are lily pads, by the way. Not patches of dying bath bomb.

Acrylics on canvas, about...just long enough to piss everyone off because I'd monopolised the kitchen.
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lksugui Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
Well, rules are made to be broken. :XD: Personally, I don't see anything wrong in having the horizon on the center line if the painting is good - and yours is great!

The contrast between foreground and background gives the picture depth and perspective. The lighting is very well done and so is the beautiful reflection on the lake. You work really well with acrylics - I find them scary because they don't give you many chances to fix things if you screw up :XD:
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BlackMage339 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly! :D No, I only remembered the rule when I'd finished and thought "Well, it doesn't look THAT horrific" XD The lighting was the hardest thing. Acrylics are sort of unforiving, but if you're impatient like me it's great because paintings are done and dried within minutes XD
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lksugui Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Haha, my art teacher said that once :D And he also said I should exercise with it so I would learn to work more quickly :XD:
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BlackMage339 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's good for impulsive expressive painting because you have to go really fast to just capture the essence of things, like Chinese brush painting.
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lksugui Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Yeah, a friend of mine used to describe Chinese brush painting as "2 days of observation and 2 seconds of painting" :XD:

I would like to learn sumi-e properly one day. :nod:
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BlackMage339 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that about covers it XD I was at a painting class and we did brush painting one night, and no one else seemed to understand that it should be quick and symbolic rather than painting in details etc. I didn't do too well because the only brush I could find was my 2 inch pocket brush XD
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lksugui Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Isn't it incredible how difficult "simplicity" is to achieve in terms of art? I usually take not more than a couple of minutes to decide what I'm going to wear but when it comes to pick a color for, let's say, painting a character's T-shirt... :XD:
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BlackMage339 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why I love Photoshop and CtrlZ XD "I'll try green...Urgh, no, NO! Undo, UNDO!!! Red...Urgh, no, NO! Undo, UNDO!!! Orange..."
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Hollens Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You know, I thought this was a photograph from the thumbnail. (:
This is absolutely beautiful. I think you have a real knack for painting! I am so impressed with this-- espeically the gorgeous water.
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BlackMage339 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the lovely compliment - it has turned out to be one of those "better the further away you are" paintings :) It's almost unrealistic how still and mirrorlike water can be O_O
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