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Grazed Knees by Edana Grazed Knees by Edana
My first new painting in what feels like a very long time. It's not that I haven't been working, I just didn't feel like finishing anything, so I still have about four pretty big half-done paintings. I would love any comments or advice!

About 30 hours in photoshop.
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Critique by davcoccio May 11, 2009, 5:23:32 AM
In a drawing like this one it is difficult to avoid the fact that we (the watchers) could think that she doesn't have arms... But Edana actually managed to put her arms behind her back with no misunterpretation. And that's a good point.

Now that I'm thinking of a bad point because i like to alternate good points/bad points I can't find any. The air brushing is wonderful. There is a kind of a blur that adds a certain "fog" like if Edana wanted like Leonardo Da Vinci to "paint the air depth"!!

Anyways I really like how this work has been achieved even if i always prefer when the human body is drawn on his full size but I can't deal with that, it's the artist choice!!
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aymenjoe Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really great
Caroline-s-jam Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok... She looks so much human, this is beautiful. The whole drawing is so nice, bravo.
talkin2wallz Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
ur really amazing at wat u do, thought it was a picture again!
Edana Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
talkin2wallz Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
my pleasure!:)
PJarrett Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
I taught creative writing at a local mental health clinic for the living on their own group. Normally, creative writing is taught in a very Darwinian fashion. It's strictly survival of the fittest. When dealing with people who are a couple of twists short of a mummy that manner of teaching...if it teaches anything at all except how petty and vindicative and snobbish people can be.

So I had to come up with a method of teaching them how to create and not worrying about what manner of work they turn out. I hit on the idea of using guided meditations. One I used was the usual lead in, relaxation then opening them up to suggestion bit, then taking them up a hill and, at the top of the hill they could see into a valley below. There was a city down there shrouded in fog. The fog comes right up to the top of the mountain then stops. Looking down the path that disappears in to the fog you see a figure coming in the distance. As he/she emerges from the fog begin to see them in greater and greater detail until you know their appearace as well as an actual person in front of you.

Then the person's mouth opens and they begin to tell you a story. Write down what they tell you.

This is a woman perfectly visualized emering from a fog. Look into her eyes and take in the details of of her skin and hair and least, that's what it looks like to me...and her stance, of course. Her arms behind her may have hands clenched into fists and her eyes may well sending a challenge to you "Go ahead, make my day!"

There's a hesitancy in her stance, the opposite end of the fists ready for a fight, the arms behind her, tentatively, searching for any sign of threat, ready to turn in panic and flee. The title, Grazed Knees, could be taken to mean someone who has fallen...or been knocked down...and is just getting back up.

Classic fight or flight caught in the same picture.

Now look at her lips and imagine the sound of her voice, is she deep-throated and sexy? I think a French accent might be appropriate, but that's just me.

Listen to the story she tells you. Write it down.
Edana Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this comment. I think that she would have been the person I would have seen, doing your exercise, at this point in my life. It was born out of curiosity as to how far I could push myself and what I was feeling at the time. It was an attempt to start painting again after a long break (that would take even longer before I could really start) as well as happening continuously as many other changes in my life.

I am applying for jobs at the moment, and one of the things I am looking at is being a teacher in the first years of primary school in the creative subjects. I will remember your words, and try to utilize your approach. Thank you for taking the time to tell me what you see in this painting, it means a lot to me.
PJarrett Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
You're welcome. I enjoy seeing beyond the suface. I grew up in a preacher's house...being backstage at church...moved to Nashville and hung out with muscians...being backstage at concerts...I've been a writer over fifty years now...being a writer is like being backstage at life.

I don't write for years some times. Then I'll go in a rush and turn out a novel or a bookfull of poetry.

Lately I'm having problems getting started writing because I don't to go over the memories I have to write about again. You'd think it'd get easier, wouldn't you? That those things we keep in the dark would weaken over time. Or is there a kind of life that feeds off darkness just as their is earthly life that feeds off the light of the sun?

Too Christian.

No black and white. Every color in the spectrum and some new ones we don't even have names for.

Life is not neat. Life is a combination of paisley and plaid with stripes and polka dots thrown in for good measure. Life is a swamp. Not like a yucky place with snakes and gators...but an enclosed eco-system.

Time is not a train hurtling cross a treeless plain
Time is not a chime
it's a knock on the door
and if you don't answer
he'll come up through the floor

Time is a bubble of water slowly sliding down a slender reed. We don't live in seconds or minutes or hours. We live in between those moments when we check to see what time it is. We live in moments.

I wish you luck on your job hunting. I have a job with the state. I used to think I had job security, but with the way the US is going I may find myself out of a job.
jornas Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Another great piece. Shoulders are a bit weird. They feel like they are too skinny. Overall perfection otherwise.
Edana Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I can see now that I should have worked more on the shoulder area.
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