Friday, July 13, 2012

trembling joy

watercolor
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"...The girls chirped and chatted like uncaged warblers. 
They were delirious with joy... 
Intoxications of life’s morning!
 Enchanted years! 
The wing of a dragonfly trembles! 
Oh, reader, whoever you may be, do you have such memories?"
~Victor HugoLes Misérables


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41 comments:

  1. This guy just says summer to me! the colors and the subject are things I associate with summer at the lake!

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  2. Such charm you always show in your wonderful works. Just lovely.

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  3. Fantastic Minnemie,
    I love the way you've capture the light, especially on the delicate wings and the eye. Such detail even down to the hairy legs! Brilliant ;D

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  4. Beautiful painting and a great quote! Valerie

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  5. Fantastic watercolor ~ well done ~~ thanks ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

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  6. Magnificent! Totally in love. :)

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  7. Just beautiful! Funny we both quoted Hugo today!

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  8. Just gorgeous, love this perspective!

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  9. Every week I come here, I am just amazed at the beauty that you portray in your paintings. You are amazing. Happy PPF I can't wait to see what's next :)

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  10. Minniemie this is so fun. I just now before coming to your blog saw an orange dragonfly out my window flitting around from flower to flower and tried to capture it with my camera. Then I came here and saw your orange dragon fly. Seems very significant to me. LOL
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this painted dragonfly as I do all of your art. I loved reading your interview and learning more about you. Wishing you a happy relaxing retirement. Hope it's exciting too. My DH just retired in June! A new phase of live begins! Hugs, Lynn

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  11. Wonderful watercolor and perfect quote to go with it. :)

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  12. this is beautiful Minniemie, I love dragonflies, the colours are gorgeous

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  13. I love this one. What a difficult subject to draw, and you did it perfectly.

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  14. what a wonderful dragonfly! absolutely beautiful & delicate as it should be. Funny how many colours do show up in their wings!

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  15. I love dragonflies, and this is amazing! What a great composition and use of color.

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  16. This is an awesome looking dragon fly! I also like how you find quotes to pair with your artwork. I think I get to wordy in my blog entries sometimes. Perhaps I should try it your way - point to ponder. Blessings!

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  17. The colour work around the eye is just stunning... I find visiting you very inspiring...xx

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  18. I see movement and I hear sound in this painting. I love it. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  19. Dragonflies are special and your painting captures this.

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  20. Wonderful rendition of a dragonfly! I get excited seeing a dragonfly- there were a lot around when I was a kid, but now with the city of manila sort of polluted, there are less and less around! :^( Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  21. So fun, you captured it perfectly!

    Hugs Giggles

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  22. i love this one! the details are so good and the colors too.

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  23. What a wonderful, wonderful subject handled beautifully. I am fascinated by dragonflies. You know, they will play with you if they happen to land on your finger. I had that pleasure once with a beautiful red one. I was delighted.

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  24. dragonflies are one of my favorite things. . .instructions on how you did the wings! absolutely beautiful!!!!
    cheers, dana

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    1. Glad you like it:-)For the wings: after drawing the dragonfly, and masking out some light areas, I applied wet washes over it all, but blotting most of the pigment in the wing areas with a paper towel. I wanted to retain the reflected light on the wings, yet translate the translucent effect as well, which meant it needed a whisper of background color behind it. Then I intensified the contrast between wing and background with some light washes of blue and of course outlined some of the veins on the wings for definition. I will say I was pleasantly surprised myself that it turned out!

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  25. Dragonflies are such a strange and cool insect. Close-up of the dragonfly is a tiny bit creepy to me because it's a big bug, eeek! I always like to watch them fly around, but not too close to my head! Fantastic painting of this one with all the great attention to detail! Maybe I would be less creeped out if I got to know them a little better. ;)

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  26. Gorgeous insect portrait!
    You are such a talented and inspiring artist!!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  27. The delicate work with watercolor! you are a great artist, I love it. Saludos

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  28. I,ve just to discover this pretty blog!!!. I,ll follow
    you from this moment because I've liked every painting. Be proud. Regards

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  29. What a nice way to paint a dragon fly. Exellent!

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  30. Hello MINNEMINE,
    Your works are fantastic, very beautifull!!!
    Cheers,
    Maribel M.B

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  31. What a wonderful blog! I like your philoshophy. Your art is admirable, minnemmie.
    Warm regards.

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  32. I'm not a fan of bugs, but your watercolor is stunning!!!

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  33. beautiful beautiful dragonfly... I love them!

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  34. This is lovely. wow. You do color so well.

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  35. Ok, so not a fan of things with more than 4 legs, but this painting is intriguing! Your w/c work is really amazing! xo Kate P.S. I have a giveaway and I'd love for you or anyone else to join. This is my first give-away, if you have any tips how to make this better I'd appreciate it!

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  36. Dragon flies are so gorgeous and this one is particularly so. Great work on the poem too.

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  37. I was away for PPF last week so just catching up on the folk I follow now - this is stunning - Your compositions are always so good - I love how its a snippet of the animal/insect - I like to do that too.

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