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Where should I start from? Did you create this painting? First of all, I need to say is that I love Paris (eventhough I've never been there). Now, in the picture, I see trees, buildings, people walking maybe? And also I am convinced that there are shops or cafes under the tends with stripes of white and red. The colors are cold and I could say that this represents the season of winter or autumn. I can't draw but I think watercolors give something special to art and in this drawing the colors of blue, red, white, black, grey are making it seem contemporary and it gives vividness. I wish I had this painting on one of my walls!
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I have been enjoying your other pieces like this quite a bit, so I find it interesting that you would ask for a critique on this one. This one in particular, while beautiful and visually captivating, I don't believe is as strong a piece as the others. The concept and follow through seem to be the same, BUT this one seems more muddied in color, and you tend to lose the foreground in the dark ground and trees. The background is almost too light, giving the picture a very bottom heavy and flat feeling as though there is nothing beyond the trees. I've seen your other work and your exceptional uses of balance, color and depth, so there isn't anything to really learn from, just to move back toward. With every bit we push away from the norm, the more we need to rely on our bases to make sure that even in the extreme, the message is passed on to the viewer. As an animator and cartoonist, I have to rely on the same principles(although perhaps in a slightly different way), making sure that no matter how far I push something its still recognizable as human, or a tree, a background or a vehicle. Even when going full blown experimental, there is always that base we can touch back on to make sure what we are doing translates, and your base is very very strong and it showed in the earlier pieces like this. Just float back a little bit and adapt what you did early to whatever your next evolution will be. I have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy these pieces and I hope this was helpful in some small way.

Take care,
Tyler Richlen
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SnowySunflowers006 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing. Breathtaking. Lovely.
IsakiYukihara Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
This is beautyful :)
AreusBookworm Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work just blows my mind! Like...renders me incapable of speech while at the same time makes me want to work harder at customizing my own style and working to improve.
clockworkaranch Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
J'ai nostalgie de Paris maintenant. :( Très beau tableau.
flumenlimia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
OtakuAmyRose Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TheStrongGladiator Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lorek17 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
J'aime particulièrement ton travail sur le bleu ça donne un côté irréel et intense, décalé. La façon dont tu captes la lumière c'est vraiment très impressionnant, émouvant... Pb je trouve toutes les aquarelles que je vois (les miennes y compris !) particulièrement fades depuis que j'ai vu ton travail !!!
Du coup tes FAV ont bcp plus de valeur que les autres pour moi et me poussent à m'améliorer et travailler encore et encore.
Merci pour cela et merci pour la magie ...
Grutthilda Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Wow! I love this very much!
ArtisticAshes Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amazing artwork! :D
antivir123 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great Visual-echo !
Cyberalbi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014   Digital Artist
Really very beautiful and interesting, my compliments!!
matzubitzu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow! this is amazing so much strength! Love it! Your artwork is impressive!
byron7 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work
maryjacinta Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Truly beautiful.
davidchipps Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Astounding, I love them.  It reminds me of some of the things I was doing with oil paint, when I painted.
iMinYin Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im not sure why you feel like there could be anything to critique on most of  your artwork! I understand the need for feedback, but who can match your talent in watercolor painting….I challenge anyone to try! You have a true talent for visual sensory…and brilliant use of vivid color! You definitely have your own signature style of brush strokes and blending or bleeding such vivid colors together well. Each work of art unique….and watercolor isn't the only style you create….so there is lots of versatility too. If I wasnt another artist living on Ramen noodles….investing all extra money into art supplies and scraping by…. I would have already purchased two of your paintings! This being one of them. :)
christinaxi Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
You are amazing!! I love your work!!!
lomatic Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing talent.
Bubblegum423 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You never fail to astonish me with what you can do!
Hernandez-Henson Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional
Ilquira Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks so awesome.
LAMnumber2 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   Digital Artist
cool painting 
joannamalecka Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it!
yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the blend of color n shape is marvelous
nikoskap Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
al1n7a Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student Filmographer
Great work!
NP9-HATAKE Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the burry colours :)
LinnFeyling Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You just keep blowing my mind! Your work is so unique!!! I LOVE your talent!
cheerdust Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
love this!
BizBoston Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
All your work has a perfect mixture of abstract and realism.  I enjoy them and very inspiring.
JoshMACKEY Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love this one. The mesh of colors here is outstanding. 
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, the wonderful heartwarming chaos of Paris ... oh how I miss her.  I wish I could dance in this frenzy!
LocalGirlPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
This is beautiful. I love the fact that you have only painted in red white and blue (apart from black ofc) it's extremely clever
swimmingotter Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This piece is more blurred and dark than previous works that I have viewed of yours.  I think that creates more chaos and movement, which makes this painting very dynamic.
love1008 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
wonderful friend ! :aww:
blsam Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I feel its the hardest type of Art

so Amazing piece ...all the best :rose: 
Gossamer1357 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student General Artist
J'adore le peinture! J'aime les couleurs vous avez utilisé- c'est les couleurs du drapeau français!!! Très bien fait!!! :)
duesterheit Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
OdinofOld Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice i really like the motion you achieve  and the way you lead us righ down the street is subtle but sure, your use of color and motion is so great!
Greatme88 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Mmmm... nice! it reminds me of the american flag for some reason... -_-
safork Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
using black lines in this picture is good, i think. black..ah, black in center individualize other three colors and tighten.
 this picture is more abstract than other picture that i watched, but, i like such like this too.
LuisEsteves Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job
videodude1961 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great colors and shapes and motions.  The blues and reds blend nicely, even the darker areas appear to be alive with people celebrating.  Looks great.
Rich T.
TreeWyrm Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
First time viewing your work, just happened across it by accident today. Can't say I recognise Paris but this is nonetheless brilliant work. At the lower end of the painting it feels like you've captured the hustle and bustle of a busy city. Even the trees seem to reflect the somewhat chaotic nature of so many strangers trying to move around one another, whilst the only things that seem to stay even remotely still are the buildings themselves, which nonetheless seem to have experienced the wear and tear of being around so many people and people-things. At least... this is my interpretation of your work! The colours you've used really hammer this notion home to me although, I have no idea how that works, LoL!

If you ever feel like doing something like *this* again, I have a suggestion for a scene that might fit it perfectly: Chinese New Year amongst old buildings of an old city, full of life, excitement, blue lanterns and red lion/dragon costumes (I can't remember what it is they use but you can look it up) and fire crackers. Anyway... Good work!
KURIZKURIZniKALAI Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 I always enjoyed your works sir ...amazing as  always  Neko Girl-13 (Fangirling Sparkles) [V1] 
Kitsune-Masenko Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Intimidator777 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very pretty- love the colours and the overall randomness of the colour splattering.
Very beautiful.
Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
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Oct 28, 2011, 12:00:28 AM
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