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This paintings energy
12-14-2013, 05:42 PM
Post: #11
RE: This paintings energy
You certainly have talent, I can only add that while I do not feel any bad energy from your painting but it is very dark in the background colour which doesn't give it the best "feel" perhaps lightening up the picture would help. I don't know where you got the frame from but that doesn't help the overall darkness either. Just my feeling for what they are worth.

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12-14-2013, 06:35 PM
Post: #12
RE: This paintings energy
Funny you should mention Native Americans, Runewolf, Because many believed their soul or a part could be captured in a photograph.
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12-15-2013, 04:47 AM
Post: #13
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My beliefs are animistic/shamanistic, not necessarily Native American, though there are some similarities. In a way they were right... If it is possible to capture a photograph of a ghost, then in a sense it is possible to capture part of the person's "soul" in that picture. I do not beleive that the soul is bound to that picture though, it merely carries some of the persons energy...like a residual energy.
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02-14-2016, 03:20 PM
Post: #14
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To me, your painting has a verry omnious first impression. When I examened it further I found that most of this feeling is because of your color scheme. The dark background and legs, the deep shadows and the dark red dress... It feels to me like darkness is consuming this bright young girl and her expression sugests to me that it won't be long untill her light is gone. It kind of looks like she has the first ring of an aura around her head but with the darkness it does remind me of death. You definitly have talent but I'd rethink your color scheme.
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02-14-2016, 03:39 PM
Post: #15
RE: This paintings energy
I doubt the OP is around, but my main thought to fix the energy is the childs neck is weirdly thick. Changing that and maybe some lighter highlights may help. Having comparison of the original photo for better suggestions.

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02-14-2016, 05:11 PM
Post: #16
RE: This paintings energy
The neck isn't really thick. It's her hair in the back, it's sort of blending in with her skin tone.
The painter put in highlights they wanted the most focus on. The way it was done suggests the artist wanted to capture the girl's vulnerability and innocence, hence the halo glow effect.
The expression on her face, from what I've read in the OP's follow up comments, is that the girl was to stay still for a lengthy time and was told to look out the window at a bird, and that's why she's looking off into space.

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02-14-2016, 05:57 PM
Post: #17
RE: This paintings energy
Angel if you look at the strokes that is the neck{not hair}, which is as wide as the face. Google portraits of children, the neck is never that thick. This is a good example http://www.childbehaviourdirect.com/wp-c...oster2.jpg

I lack the want to edit the photo so you can see what I mean. Even if the proportion is correct to the original paintings and drawings are different. Its better to imply teeth, drawing individual ones make pictures scary.

Some light touches to the face would change the expression so its not so stern.{a slight lifting dash by the edge of the mouth, defining the nose and eyebrows a touch more, lightening the brows a hair}

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02-19-2016, 01:05 AM
Post: #18
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The color scheme makes this painting feel foreboding to me. The look on the child's face, and the way she's playing with her fingers makes me imagine a child lost in the woods. With night approaching.

You're very talented,OP, but if I were gifting someone a portrait taken from a childhood picture, I would have used brighter tones. Maybe that's why your dad said what he did.

I have to wonder why you chose such a dark color palette. Are they your grandmother's favorite colors?
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