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May 5, 2008
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Mar 23, 2008, 11:55:51 AM
The Forest Queen by Iohannis The Forest Queen by Iohannis
1999. Acrylic on veneer.

'The Forest Queen', 'Isobel', or a 'Self-portrait I as a Female'. Almost entirely painted using a palette knife.

Here's another work that I will have to replace with a better reproduction as soon as possible. The image looks too grainy and unclear with various colour distortions. That'll have to do. I'm just watching the original and thinking that it is pleasant to look at. When I raise my eyes back at the screen, I see a bad art book version of it. Traditional artists are bound have a reduced life on the screen.
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This wonderfully expressive painting portrays such an original technique of rough, wispy brush strokes which give a dreamlike feeling to the figure while the saddened facial expression remains eerily prominent.

The bold brush strokes create a new fascination with the lighting on her head and face while beige colored highlights add intriguing contrast next to the dark background colors. The mirage-like trees in the background create a dark atmosphere but ultimately accent the crown tree-like figures on her head.

The top of the painting could have been slightly darker to give even more focus to the figure, but the lightness is not distracting. Her left eye is slightly off compared to the right, although it does add more mystery to her expression. Overall, a hauntingly beautiful piece that uses a very unique and eye catching technique.
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mini-ebil-ninja Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist
This is really pretty. Wowoww. I can't even imagine how pretty it would be in rl. ♥
KtaSD Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
very beautiful:x
Iohannis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Thanks you very much. :)
UnKnPeLa Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Sarjassa: Pitäs nähä livenä.
Onko muuten kuin iso/pieni kooltaan?
Iohannis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Maalaustaiteen suosiminen netissä on aina petollista puuhaa ja vaatii kai hetken hyväksymistä. Elävän työn tyydyttävä siirtäminen on mahdotonta vähintään niin kauan kuin näyttöjen asetuksissa on eroja ja niiden pinta ei muutu maalipinnan paksuuserojen mukana. Sillä mennään.

Ei se iso ole, kuten eivät muutkaan duunini; noin 62 x 28. Tästä uusi skanni olemassa, mutta se on vielä paloina.
UnKnPeLa Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Onneksi tää on sentään halpaa ja helppoa hupia.
Toisin kuin oikeat näyttelyt :O_o:.
Iohannis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Ei tarvitse olla edes noin nöyrä. Omasta puolestani olen ylipäätään taideaktiivisena henkilönä sitä mieltä, että dA:n tarjonta yllättää useammin kuin monet live-näyttelyt ja -taidetapahtumat. Kaikelle on paikkansa. Formaatti rajoittaa ja formaatti palkitsee.

Gallerioissa ja vuosinäyttelyissä helmiä tulee vastaan harvakseltaan, mutta täällä olen myyty yhtenä jos toisena päivänä, vaikka pidän katsettani ankarana. Yhtä usein ihmisten ammatillista imagoa varjelemattomasta asenteesta kuin töistä itsestään.
MarWash Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like what i do but some day i would like to produce something like this that is more on the creative side.

I like the way the light from above makes it look like she's deep inside a thick brush and tall trees.
Iohannis Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
You shouldn't be modest! There are reasons to claim that skill in drawing lies behind all traditionally serious painting. I'm ambivalent about mine. A well-rounded artisan will have walked a rocky roadside.

The piece I critiqued screams to be dipped in paint!

P.S. That signature aphorism of yours... didn't Peter Singer say something like that... :D
MarWash Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The adage is something i modified from a poster i once saw being held by an anti-PETA campaigner. I dont remember exactly what it said but it mocked animals rights in the same manner as the statement in my sig.
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