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Submitted on
June 10, 2012
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4.7 MB


105 (who?)

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1/40 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Jun 14, 2012, 8:34:54 PM
QuickTime 7.7.1
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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BritLawrence Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014   Photographer
Wow.. amazing! :love:
irrationalrationale Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Wow! This looks difficult.
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!! :-)
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. :)
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 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!
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:
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.
PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist 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!
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.
INF3CT3D-D3M0N Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Fantastic work. :iconclapplz:
PassionIsLife Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw thank you :-)
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