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Eye of the Beholder by matildarose Eye of the Beholder by matildarose
5 x 5", watercolor, white gouache, and metallic paint

A gift for the Westmont Museum of Art exhibit, which is having an piece where various artists compose pieces on a piece of 5x5 watercolor paper that they send, complete with envelope, back. They will all be used to create one large piece altogether.

I think I've spent more time on this 5x5 piece of paper than I do on pieces far bigger than this, but I wanted this to be able to pop out while being viewed with other pieces.

However, in using metallic paint, it doesn't quite have the 'pop' it does in person. Thus, here, I have used a smidgen of Photoshop to replicate the effect as best I can with a textured dodge brush.

Some wonderful stock I used for reference/inspiration:
[link] by ~SilaynneStock (for how to render the iris)
[link] by *Tienna (For peacock feathers)
[link] by ~Dagwanoenyent-Stock (To see how to make a more luminous effect, color.)
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:iconjoeltonongkh:
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Eerie but impressive execution indeed. I like the concept!
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reindash Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really beautiful! Great job.

When I was reading the caption, it seemed as if the picture was moving.
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artbypaulfisher Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice painting, love the colours and layering, real depth in this one
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:iconmatildarose:
matildarose Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Stunning!!,,,, Eye catching...and so beautiful!
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:iconmatildarose:
matildarose Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
:iconmypleasure:You're so welcome!!
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AntimonyAngel Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the royal blue color with metallic gold!! Very pretty :) Reminds me of the scales of a dragon
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KarolineJuzanx Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
I realy loooove colors ! :D
And the quality of the painting of course ;)
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:iconmatildarose:
matildarose Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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