First of all, I'm NOT just commenting on account of you having commented on my work, I was genuinely drawn to visiting your gallery purely by your avatar. I'm seriously amazed and mystified by watercolour pieces - watercolour is a medium that I really would like to master, but I fear my understanding of the material, or lack of understanding, just so often overwhelms me and my efforts.
This particular piece I LOVE.I'm going to start talking about the obvious and talk about her eyes. They're both "alive" as well as "blind" or as you have expressed in your title "turned off." I think you have achieved this through the combination of a grey shade (blindness) as well as a somewhat vivid aqua blue (alive). You have also added an artificial sparkle. The sparkle makes it look "alive" but it's so artificial, so the sense of deadness is still very much present in the image. The set and heavy eyelids also adds some weight and gravity to the picture. The... resentment (? Is that the correct emotion?) of having something taken away from the subject (someone having turned off the light?) is also very strong. I can't put my finger on the particular emotion, but there's that sense that someone has done something to someone and they thus feel like THIS, whatever THIS is. (I'm rarely out of words to describe emotions stirred by an art piece, but in this case I am. I do not know if this is a good thing or a bad thing either! Maybe neither.)
The definition in detail around the nose is remarkable - truly. Purely on technique I think it is worth noting. The lips on the other hand, to me, goes beyond the technique (which in the case of the lips is also beautifully executed). Everything from the shadows between the lips, and the detail you have dedicated to the cracks of a lips fragile skin adds a depth to the picture. To me, in portraiture, lips are just as telling as the eyes, and the lips here mirror the same emotions (that I cannot name) as the eyes. This creates a cohesion through the image - I'm not just looking at a pair of eyes, I'm looking at a whole face.
In terms of your technique, I'm inclined to say that you would do well to further define the shadows around the portrait - the flatter more featureless parts of the face like the cheeks and forehead. For some water colour artists I find that their style is to be quite fluid with these parts of the portraits and then truly focus on the eyes or some key feature like that. However I'm not entirely convince that this is your style. The way that you've painted the nose and lips to me suggest that you have a richer style, with more pronounced shadows and highlights. It would be nice to see you being consistent with this style - in this picture it would certainly increase the strength of the impact, by miles. You can also apply the same dedication to detail (not so much with outlining but the shades in colour) in the eyes - it will make the grey/blue contrast in the dark of the eye all the more pronounced.
The photo quality is also not bad at all. Some photo shop editing (stronger contrast, that is ALL) is an easy fix. Perhaps it will also help with the above comments regarding detail and colour.
Anyway, I don't often comment with this detail unless it's a critique, so I must like it a lot . Well done .
And thank you again for visiting my gallery - it made me visit yours which is truly a satisfying experience.
PS - it's late so it's probable that on some points I wasn't very clear - please feel free to ask me to clarify anything!
WOW! This is a big surprise for me to receive this splendid critique! Thank you kindly With this work I wanted to give the impression of a person that by then has surrendered for receiving too bad and now she starts to the tabefaction; she is left to consume herself day by day until it turns off ( unfortunately I don't speak a good english, so I hope are correct these words that I'm writing ). In regard to the rest, you're right in saying that this is not my true style, I'm still looking for a personal style and probably take me years to find it. For the moment I'm just making simple experiments, for this my work isn't much detailed. Anyway thanks again for your kind words, I really appreciated your comment!!
What is your first language dear? Out of interest .
Your concept (from what i understand of what you said, I think you mean that the subject, after being subject to so much misfortune, heart ache and all other negative things, has "given up" and surrendered and is actually just waiting for it all to end?). I think this came across well - as I have described in my previous comment.
I might even say that a "true" style does not really exist because our work is always a reflection of how we are at a stage of our life, so the style is always changing. You find artists like Picasso for example who had gone through phases of really different styles. However, in this paradigm, technical application of the "current style" can always be improved.
yes, more or less, is what I meant (sorry again for my really bad english ) and in regard to the style, I think you have absolutely right! however, I will continue to experiment to improve my way of painting!
Thanks once again for the wonderful comment! I'm really glad