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'she's out back counting stars.'


i think it's about,...
finally being able to let go.


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:iconrjet33:
Rjet33 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Superb job!  Love the colors.
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Rappel82 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014   Artist
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excellent!
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Writer
The colors (and the bare tree) appear to set this in autumn: not a season to be outside, (un)dressed as she is. The darkening sky and the stars imply either early evening or false dawn, which makes the setting even more of a mystery.

Her face is turned away; her nudity and rigid posture speak of vulnerability and unresolved tension. Is she searching for something, or afraid of being spotted? Or perhaps she's just about to stand up and walk away?

I'm left to wonder what answers might lie in her unseen eyes, or whether there were ever any answers at all.

A very thought-provoking piece.
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dholms Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow.
not only is that by far the best comment/observation/interpretation of this piece,...
it's one of the best i have ever received for ANY of my work.
thank you so much.

i have never given much thought to the season, although it is reflective of the mood and
maybe underlying message of the piece. saying goodbye. letting go.
the same could be said for the time of day, which is early evening.
i do not know if anyone has ever noticed the red balloon in the picture. it was not supposed
to be obvious and this is the first time i have ever pointed it out.
again, meant to convey letting go.

as for the 'model', the truth is, her rigid posture was probably due to timidity or apprehension
at being photographed nude. so you could say that is incidental.
(fyi, i did not take the shots, she did them herself.)
however, your comment with regards to her 'searching for something' is certainly applicable.
i think she was.
maybe still is.
i do not know.

as for the answers that might be found in her,...
green eyes,...
i hope she finally found those answers.
very much so.

thank you again.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Writer
:doh: I'd completely missed the balloon; in my mind's eye, I had her looking toward and around the tree. If she's tracking the balloon instead, then she's not just looking away, she's looking upward; and that subtly changes my interpretation of her mood.

Instead of looking backward (or around) with trepidation or regret, she could be looking forward with barely-contained anticipation. And her "forward" is in the same direction as our line of sight, implying that we're sharing in her release, and possibly invited on the journey along with her.

Now the only thing I regret is not being able to see those green eyes for myself.

And this was my pleasure, believe me; this was not only a treat to view, it was a joy to envision. :)
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Bog17 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Great combination of colors.
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dholms Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
why thank you so much.
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AudioBot11 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So beautiful! You're an amazing painter!
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
I personally appreciate smaller, flatter breasts but in general the illustration is quite amazing. I really enjoy the colors and the watercolor effect.
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BlackEvilSkull666 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
She is so beautiful!
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dholms Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much.
she was/is very beautiful.
thank you again.
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heartinart Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, I want to fave all your works!! Amazing colours!
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dholms Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're too sweet.
by the way, i haven't been ignoring that last comment of your's.
it's just one of those that i like to keep around and read over and over
again. heh.
i honestly didn't know HOW to respond to it.
me? a teacher?
naaaaa.
i like to think that ALL of us can teach each other something.
i think that's an important part of art.
giving to each other and passing it along.
however, i repeat, you're too sweet.
:hug:

-d
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heartinart Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am very serious about that, though! I would like you to be my art teacher! :heart:
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tralynn Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
The highlighted lighting on this is wonderful. I love the flecks of stars in the sky, and the stardust around her. As usual, the color choices are vibrant. Love.
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chryssalis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
:wow:!!
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los58 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I can't stop looking at this - It's perfect
very Kickass
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh whoa the lighting in this. also the subtle shades of color everywhere...seems like she's in fall and looking to a crisp midwinter.

why don't you have newer works posted?!
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dholms Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for those comments.
newer works?
hopefully soon.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aweeeesome.
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ShannC Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
what medium is this?
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:icondholms:
dholms Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
mostly inks. thanks so much for asking and commenting.
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ShannC Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
i love ink soo much, did you paint with it, just outstanding job with inks really
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:iconshannc:
ShannC Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
lovely, really
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Rjet33 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
I love this. It's amazing. I love all the colors surrounding the woman and the fact that she is looking away. It leaves something to the imagination. Nicely done!
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ZawArt Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
Holy cow!:faint:
Freakinasskicking work!:ahoy:
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Bluesilver84 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would love to have you join my group #DA-Art-Gallery
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mariusbudu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
As always, you amaze with your signature blend of emotion, thought, abstraction and wonderful detail.

I missed you, you delicious bastard!!!

:hug:

M
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otter1 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
beautiful piece... she looks so serene though somewhat lost. I also LOVE that H.U.M. song you are referring to in your description/title. great band that never really made it. nice muted palate.
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pdtnc Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
wow!!
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oilsoaked Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's something very surreal here; she seems to be afloat in this hazy palette of dreams. I love the impressionistic/slightly fauvistic take you have here, in her skin tone and hair color.

There are a few anatomical anomolies, so to speak; the angle of her head seems a little stiff and extreme given the position of her body--I'd think a hint of profile might ease the neck. Her right hand and boobs are also a little wonky, but other than that, I think it's a beautiful and moving piece. The textures meld together marvelously with colors used. Very soft and loving.

That being said, sitting on wicker whilst naked is not a particularly enjoyable experience--I know this. But that's neither here nor there. ;)

Bravo.
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dholms Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ok. i probably shouldn't do this. it's 3 am, i'm in the middle of a star wars
marathon, just took a break for a snack of peanut butter and ritz and a shot
(or two. heh.) and suddenly thought,...'what the fuck. let's respond to oil's
very ensightful and generous comment on my recent attempt at art!!'
let me preface this by saying that the reference i used for this was a gift
given to me by a very close friend. so i know things that i only can know.
uhm. if you know what i mean. heh.
you're correct about the 'stiffness' of the head and neck. i guess i saw it as
a certain eloquence. lifting it in that manner. although it could be the result
of her feeling a bit uncomfortable with posing nude. which would also explain her
not revealing any profile as well.
her boobs a bit wonky???
heh. i take full responsibility for that.
god. i hope she didn't read that! heh.

however, thank YOU SO very much for that comment!!
a true rarity these days a dA!!
as for your experience sitting nude in a wicker chair (*gulp*),...
that's why you use a cushion! doofus!
;)

so now i'm off once again to my marathon. almost time for the big
battle scene between obi wan and atticus!
(watching 'revenge of the sith' btw)
you are welcome to join me! got plenty of peanut butter and ritz!
even an extra shot or two. hmmmmm?

thanks again!!!
:hug:
:heart:
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oilsoaked Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahaha. <33 Well I'm glad you liked it. It just struck me. :heart:

I'll be there for the next marathon, ritz crackers and cheez whiz.
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miskis Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
:hmm: and here I sit..
staring.... wondering through color and texture.. flowing with blues, bumping into yellows....thinking, wracking my brain for words that just wont come...

in the end all I can say is

Old man.. you still got it!
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dholms Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
heh.
still got it?
you mean,...
still got,...ALL of it!
lol.
thanks muffin top!
:heart:
-d
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miskis Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
oh yeah..now shake it! :D
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astercrow Featured By Owner May 21, 2009   General Artist
i was going to say 'she's out back counting stars', but you beat me to it!

i was just thinking about this song earlier this week; how i've heard it so many times and it's such a good song, really gets to you... but i never knew why, or what it was really about. i thought it was sort of about a girl who just chose to live outside of normalcy in a natural, genuine sort of way that a wandering soul like himself can appreciate.

and... she sort of looks like she's in her own little world amidst the reality of the warmer, colorful tones surrounding her. (i like the red and green expressive strokes in the lower part of the wicker chair btw.)

but it certainly could be about letting go, too.
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dholms Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
geesh.
what a beautiful comment.
i love it.
damn.
now you've gone and done it!
i need a moment.

thank you so much for that.
speaking of HUM,...there was so much great alternative music that didn't
get it's due back in the 90s.
Catherine Wheel. Failure. Archers of Loaf.
to name a few others.

thanks again sweetie!
:hug:
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astercrow Featured By Owner May 27, 2009   General Artist
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asclaire Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Fortunately, you happened to be there to catch up the beauty and the dreamlike feel :heart:
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dholms Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you az!
you're too sweet!
:hug:
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sifiko Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Hermoso.

Very good, very impressive.
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dholms Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much!
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kittin Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
he's still there in the distance though, the tension never fades, even in the murky distance where memory plays tricks on you and your eyes deceive you.

its beautiful, feel like i could almost, just almost touch her shoulder.

i like you tree jack.
those government typescut mine down, no branches to hide up in anymore :/
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dholms Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
geesh walter if i weren't still mostly asleep
i'd get all stupid mushy with words on you.

thanks L.
for being there.
in the murky distance.
:heart:
-d
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pupasoul Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
REALLY missed your work. :D

This is very beautiful!
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dholms Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much!
and i missed you guys!
i had to come back!
for inspiration!
:hug:
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yellowworm Featured By Owner May 18, 2009   Artisan Crafter
long time no see.
missed yer work.
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dholms Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
worm!
what up bitch!
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