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Pas de d'Eau by phantsythat Pas de d'Eau by phantsythat
Some words of wisdom from H.L. Mencken:

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace in a continual state of alarm (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing them with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.


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Watercolor on Arches cold press
Original 9x11 inches
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ellimeca Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Nice one! I really like how you did the waves and her pose, it looks very good
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for letting me know you liked her :heart:
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Kafkami Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This clothes are very pretty and I like the movement. The wave represantation is very interesting, it's remember me the waves on the japanese prints!
Good luck for the contest ! :)
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, Kafkami. Yes, I did have some fun with Hiroshige's Wave idea when I did this.
As for the contest, I'm hoping you win with your wonderful whale. :)
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LogicinWonderland Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
I love the dynamism and fabric of this!
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, LiW! It was fun to paint too :)
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pseudozufall Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice work ! i like the frames and how the water seems to be following her movement ^^ 
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:iconphantsythat:
phantsythat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. She just appeared to me this way one morning :)
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Brandon1920 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful! Her clothing is great! I love the details in it. I also very much like the frame. The quote is great too!
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a message, Brandon.
I'm delighted to know you like my dancer :)
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aureolin-swatch Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
yes I love this - I love your framing patterns.
Also you have captured such a knowing expression, and kind of enigmatic I think -  on the woman
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. There are times when I want to get the body of the
painting done just so I can get on with the border :)

I'm delighted you like her. A being mostly water dancing
with water seemed appropriate.
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aureolin-swatch Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Susan - I hope you are painting away this weekend.  We have Spring rain, which is not unusual.  I did some painting last night and now I am catching up on Social Media.  
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Stephen - Yes, painting and going for long walks through the
parks and along the shore while the autumn weather remains
gentle. Later it will be walks in the snow and ice - definitely
of shorter duration :)

dA is my only social media other than blog - thank goodness.
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aureolin-swatch Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
this sounds wonderful - I am looking forward to that first evening when I realise I am working in my studio in shorts - still a way ahead 
Walks in snow and ice sound exciting and cold 
I love your woman in a rowing boat - resolve and humour - a great metaphor
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was a delightful surprise to see you'd been by to visit the blog, Stephen. I know you live in Oz but am I right that you live in Brisbane? I thought it stayed pretty hot there most of the time. While I'm not fond of very warm weather the winter cold and ice we get here stops being exciting by New Year and proceeds to become an aggravation :)
I like the way the rowboat picture turned out too. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to manage all that water.
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aureolin-swatch Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah it's a great piece - I love the water.
Actually I live in Cape Town South Africa - in Somerset West which has been dragged into the greater metropole so that we can also have potholes and burst water-pipes.
We get cold for me here but not ice and snow, except on the peaks around us.
Have a great week 
I am now back in consulting mode but came to see if I had a response from someone whose photo I used for a painting 
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I must have had Oz on the brain :) A long time ago I had some friends in London who grew up in Capetown (and returned there). They told me they noted the change in seasons by the flowers that bloomed at different times of the year. Pretty nice.

Be well. See you next time.
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akitku Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I love your watercolour style! Also you really managed to make her pose so dynamic. Great job! 
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, Akitku. She was a joy to draw and paint. :)
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014   General Artist
this is lovely :clap: you have such an amazing style :clap: very nice indeed :clap:

Yep - and since the world's war machine owns practical politics
some of the imaginary hobgoblins now carry sub-machine guns :faint:
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once again, I'm very pleased to hear you say so, Carole :heart:

They do indeed. Sometimes too fools hand machine guns to
nine year old girls Crying 
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014   General Artist
......and eliminate themselves from the population
hopefully BEFORE procreation :giggle:

(referencing the nine year old girl who shot to death her instructor at the gun range last week)
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unbelievable, eh? Gloomy 
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   General Artist
Gloomy by CookiemagiKyep - good one :clap:
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