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The Midas Touch by PassionIsLife The Midas Touch by PassionIsLife
In a dreary world of black and white, one colorful rose has the ability to change it all.

This piece was created for the contest "Black and White vs. Color" [link]?

Media: Soft pastels and pastel pencils
Surface: Clairfontaine Pastelmat
Width: 27.5"
Height: 19.5"
Time: 20 hours

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:iconbritlawrence:
BritLawrence Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow.. amazing! :love:
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irrationalrationale Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Wow! This looks difficult.
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The rose wasn't too bad (aside from actually drawing them, roses have become somewhat easy-ish--although still incredibly time-consuming--for me). But the background...holy crap it was hard! And I *definitely* didn't end up with the look I was going for with it. Maybe next time, if I ever get the courage to try water again, lol. But yeah, I'll take the "wow!" as a compliment. :D So thank you!! :-)
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irrationalrationale Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I definitely think you should get into water again. You clearly have awesome talent, and the way to continue to open up that talent is to continue diving in to the things that are difficult for you. I just love this piece. :)
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, that's pretty much the exact opposite of what I had been thinking..."stay as far, far away from trying to create water again as possible." lol. But you do make a very good point! I can't really improve much if I don't work on my weaknesses. Oh goodness, that reminds me of when I used to be a music major...I always practiced what I was good at and avoided practicing my weaknesses. It's just more fun to do what you're good at, ya know? But yeah...it may be more fun, but I won't have as much chances of improvement! So thank you for that little bit of encouragement...I can always use the reminder that working on my weaknesses is an important thing to do!
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irrationalrationale Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
It definitely is easier to stay with current strengths, but that won't help us gain new strengths. :) You were a music major! That's so cool. What's your instrument? Mines vocals, I meant to go to college to be a vocal major but things happened and got messed up, I dropped out then went back, and I ended up as a Psych major, which worked out because I love the job I have now and am going back for grad school in January. But I didn't stop with the vocals! I was recently in a band but I moved and since I'm starting school in January I don't have one right now. If you're interested in what I sounded like here's a link:
[link]
I did all vocals and guitar 2, I won't say rhythm guitar because the other guitarist and I switched off leads, however I did none of the soloing. Oh yeah, and yes, ALL vocals. :) I used garageband to record it and it was really difficult for me to mix so the quality isn't what I'd like it to be, but it isn't terrible. I really love that song, everything in it is based around what I wrote so it's an expression of my emotions. I was lucky to have wonderful musicians to help me express myself. I miss music, but I think I need to see how difficult college and a job are together before I find a new band in this new area I live in.
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa...you wanted to be a music major, dropped out, and then went for psychology? THAT IS MY LIFE STORY IN A NUTSHELL. lol. I took college classes in high school that prepared me for my college auditions and being a music major (instrument: percussion, by the way), but then I went to college and had two depression hospitalizations within my first 3 months there and had to drop out before my first semester ever finished. When I finally returned to school: psych major! I'm finishing my bachelors this May!! The original plan was to go straight to grad school after undergrad...but as you can probably tell by my recent pieces, I'm in a bit of a depression (yet again :-( ), and it has kept me from applying to grad schools. So it looks like I'll be taking some time off from school again. I know I need a break because I'm pretty burnt out, but it pretty much sucks to know that my life is on hold yet again.
I can't listen to your link right now (my fiance's trying to take a nap), but I've got it open in another tab so I can listen another time. I can't wait to hear it!
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irrationalrationale Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
That's so weird! Haha, I really like finding people I have things in common with because it's nice to have someone to relate to.
Percussion! That's what I started out with, my first musical endeavor. But I bounced around. I was in percussion in 8th grade. I always sang though, ever since I was a little girl.
That sucks that you had to leave college! I made some poor decisions, flaked on my audition, went to community college, then dropped out. Came back and took a psych course, and realized it was like common sense to me so I stuck with it.
That's so awesome that you are finishing your bachelors in May! Congratulations!
Going to grad school immediately was my original plan! But then I sucked at the GREs and got depressed, and became disinterested. Actually it worked out, I answered an ad in the paper to tutor children with autism and loved it. And my boss has a lot of faith in me, he's paying for my grad school! I hope it turns out to be a good thing for you too, a break between undergrad and grad school.
That's real nice that you have love in your life! I do too, although I'm not engaged. It's really helpful to have that kind of fulfillment, although sometimes I feel guilty for being depressed when I'm in love, but I guess depression doesn't care about those things.
I hope that your depression backs off quicker than you were thinking. Have you ever wandered around in nature, like at state parks and such? Sometimes that helps me, if only for a moment.
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INF3CT3D-D3M0N Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Fantastic work. :iconclapplz:
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw thank you :-)
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KAPI-MURDER Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing picture i adore it !!! ^^
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A belated thank you! :-)
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
Featured :) [link] :glomp:
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay yay yay for being ticked and for spreading the love with a feature!! Thanks :-D
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dragonoids Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The rose is fantastic! Love it!
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw thank you :-)
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dragonoids Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries at all! ;)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional
sweet jon
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
beutiful
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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SnapColorCreations Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Very pretty
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :-)
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SnapColorCreations Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Your welcome =}
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
Excellent!!!!
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I kinda wish I hadn't posted it yet, because I've found a couple of things that need touched up. I'll probably just edit this deviation once I've got it finished, though.
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
Your welcome. I've had to do that. At times it can look so different once you post it. Still looks great to me!
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's all touched up now! It actually looks very similar, but I'm hoping the ripples in the water look slightly more like actual ripples now. **Crosses fingers**
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
Look forward to seeing it :)
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh...yikes. I guess the touch-up wasn't noticeable at all! I edited the deviation to change it to the new pic of it.
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Bobcat79 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I really like this!
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad! :-)
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Tajii-chan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, this is beautiful! :aww: :heart:

A simple, but fitting and beautiful concept. Not only that, but the way you portrayed it is wonderful. The B/W vs the color in this is done perfectly-- plus, the background does a nice job of adding to the concept while still emphasizing the rainbow rose. As for the rainbow rose itself, the details are great! :D The shadows and highlights in the petals are just beautiful... and the way everything folds in on itself is just beautiful. You did a wonderful job with the blending of the colors-- it looks very much like the reference! Secondly, I love how there's an almost smooth texture to this artwork. It's even more amazing that this is done with pastels and pencils! I love how the plate sort of blends into the black background as well.. the lines that are meant to be reflective of water are very soothing. It makes the picture seem all the more serene. The white highlights are really nice, and I love the overall composition. Very beautiful!

Thank you so much for entering and good luck! :hug: :heart:
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you for such a well thought out comment! And thanks for holding this contest...I really enjoyed coming up with the concept for this piece, and it wouldn't have happened without the contest theme for inspiration :-)
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Tajii-chan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's my pleasure :hug:

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
oooo, now that's very different than from when you started! How did you manage to erase all that :lmao:
hmmm.. I'm a little dissapointed. The rose is perfect, however, the background seems to light. Having that darker swirl on the one side seemed to have made the flower pop more than it does now. Maybe that background wants a little more work? Just mho :D
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The erasing was very tedious (and took over half an hour!). Bah. I like how this turned out way better than where I was going with it before, but I'm still not happy with it. Someone else referred to the colored ripply part of the water as a plate, so it clearly doesn't look like it's supposed to. As for having the dark swirl making the flower pop...should I abandon the pool and put it in a lake with darker water? Or what else would you suggest? I'm not sure if I want to tamper with it, but it *does* look like it needs more work. **Sigh** Thank you so much for your feedback, though!! I really appreciate honest opinions :-)
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
if it still feels something wants to be done to it, I advise you leave it sit for a day or two. Than you get to feel whether it's finished, or not. And you will know what you want to do with it. 'Tamper'.. :giggle: I can't tell you how it should be, only you, the artist, knows that. It will be what you decide it will be. But yeah, I know, I'm like you. Sometimes we just want to do too much too quick. Often what is needed in the end, is a little break from it, allowing you to really step back and look at it while you're more 'detached' from it :hug:
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, that's good advice. I'll definitely listen :-) I get the feeling that the longer I see it, the more I'll want it to be different. But I'm terrified of "messing it up" yet a third time. I may have to just leave it be and try not to cringe when I look at it, lol.
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
maybe you need to make another one. :giggle:
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GAH. On a practical level, I only have 2 sheets of that size paper left, and it's damn expensive ($11 per sheet)...and I've discovered that that's about as small as I can make roses with pastels--given how hard it is to get details with them--which means if I put it on a smaller sheet of paper it would take up the whole thing. But the true reason for my "GAH" was that holycrapIdon'twanttomakeanotherrose. Those things take FOREVER!

Maaaaaybe one day, if my skills improve?
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
:rofl:
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Valorie13 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Beautiful. It turned out amazing.
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PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw thanks! I'm getting some mixed responses to it...there's a slim chance I'll tamper with it even *more*. I was happy with it at first...until my fiance pointed out that the edges of the ripples are too pointy, and someone else confirmed that by mistaking the colored part of the water for a plate. Anyway, I'm glad you like it! :-)
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Valorie13 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
You're welcome.
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