Healer's First Clutch by klowe

Healer's First Clutch

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Added: May 11, 2003
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This is the second painting after my first convention. It's a painting that I've wanted to do for quite a while, and have re-drawn several times. Although it has not sold well, it's still my favorite. I'd love to hear comments or insight into why this painting does not sell at conventions! Particularly when compared to "Vision at Sunset"--which is a fairly meaningless pin-up type picture. Please tell me that it's not just that fans don't like her modest clothing!

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i love it! i love the backgroud, the intracate detail, th dragon, the flowing scarf, and the modest clothing is perfect! stunning! i would like to say that the folds in the dress and how she is holding it are slightly unrealistic, and her neclace needs to come more around her neck. Otherwise a lovely drawing, i have no idea why it doesn't sell. ho-hum. their loss.

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i love this picture! its s pretty!i think you should post a detail of her face and the little fire lizard. they're both really good.Wink

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While I'll agree that her pose seems to be too stiff, I have to argue against the comment that the background is too busy. I think it's a very homey scene, and just lovely. I also disagree with the comment saying she lacked emotions on her face; I think her face is very expressive. And as for the colors... I think they work very well in this piece, but I do agree that they don't "match" and thus don't actively work to draw the viewer in. Still, I think this is just a gorgeous image, and I'm considering buying one for my Mom to hang in the kitchen. :::smiles:::

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Thank you for the compliments!! My best friend from childhood, Laurel Leishman, dries flowers in her house. I love how it looks. I've never been able to do it myself--my flowers always turn brown and crumble.

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Yeah, the pose came from pasting together three different photographs (one for the arm, one for the face, one for the lower body) and I think that's what made the pose so screwed up. I should not have relied so heavily on photo reference. Sad

Guest's picture

I -love- the drying flowers in the background, I do that in my house, so this struck a familiar chord in me. Smile I like the welcoming feeling the picture gives, so at home, and the detail in the background is awesome. I love her outfit too, the necklace is beautiful. Smile

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There are a few things you may want to think about regarding why this one doesn't sell. Firstly, can you construct a general profile of the people that buy each piece? What I'm getting at is know your target buyer.

I love the detail and colour in both this piece and "Vision at Sunset", but Vision has a complementary colour scheme that appeals to a lot of people. This piece is a lot busier.

The woman in Vision has body language that draws people into looking. She's inviting and warm. The woman in this piece is a little too stiff and contrived and is not portraying emotions that people easily empathise with. Perhaps if you can relax her pose and make her face express a less subtle emotion, people will respond more towards her.

Hope these observations help. I really like your work - especially "Aoi-Chan". Your style is very appealing and suits the subject matter perfectly. I hope to see more of your work.

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I love the colors and the overall composition of the piece. The little yellow dragon is the cherry on top, adding that perfect bit of whimsy. If the print doesn't sell well, I think the pose might be the culprit. I see what you were striving for, but her body lacks a natural flow from top to bottom. If I try to draw an imaginary line down her center from head to toe, I get broken, angular lines instead of a graceful curve. The beautiful colors and detail are almost enough to distract from the slightly awkward twist of the line of her body, but if you look long enough, it becomes more apparent. It's a nit-picky criticism though, because the colors are beautiful, the detail on her clothing and background are gorgeous, and can I say again how much I love the little dragon? - Marilyn

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my constructive criticism would be that shes to stiff, her right arm is bent at an unnatural angle and the proportions are wrong, while her clothing is beautifully shaded, its an artifical, ungraceful pose. however your background detail is exquisite.

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my constructive criticism would be that shes to stiff, her right arm is bent at an unnatural angle and the proportions are wrong, while her clothing is beautifully shaded, its an artifical, ungraceful pose. however your background detail is exquisite.

Guest's picture

my constructive criticism would be that shes to stiff, her right arm is bent at an unnatural angle and the proportions are wrong, while her clothing is beautifully shaded, its an artifical, ungraceful pose. however your background detail is exquisite.

Guest's picture

this is definately my favourite from you too! i always like the art that doesn't sell well it seems ;] mine doesn't, that's for sure. anyway, very pretty dress, and i wish i'd come up with that pose.

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I think the other painting might sell better because it's a better overall design, not because of the clothes.Also you have more contrast and brighter colors in the other pic. The only thing that I noticed about this pic is the mouth is a little to much off center along with the fire place. Other than that ,it is a wonderful painting with great colors also!!

Guest's picture

Ohhhhh.... I really like this picture! It brings me into a faerie tale! I really like the colors and the clothes. Smile

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I absolutely just love the colours! The little dragon on her arm is soooooo cool.

Art at its best.