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Conundrum by Travis-Clarke Conundrum by Travis-Clarke


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What words can do justice to matters of the heart? This painting is eloquent indeed. Does the girl solve the conundrum? I suspect not. Like the proverbial happiness, grasping it has proven disastrous. And yet it is an eminently hopeful piece, as if the attempt, the involvement is itself worthwhile.

I love the contrasts, warm and cool, bright ahead, dark for what has died (and those pesky arrows of recrimination). The image of doing a jigsaw is so much what love is NOT about that I feel the conundrum is really that the girl has yet to realise that "working it out" is the wrong approach. You clearly understand that, for he many contrasts (live and dead butterflies, warm head and cool flesh) convey this better than my words, at least, can.

Thank you for posting the progress GIF. I hadn't appreciated from the final image that you are a really good draughtsman. But what I like even more is that you are willing to let that go, for the sake of artistic expression.

As a digital piece, you fake the freedom of watercolour very convincingly. In my experience, real watercolour dribbles are not nearly as accommodating! I would have preferred if you had really wrestled with the medium rather than telling us /about/ a wrestling. So I have knocked a little off technique. Your skill cannot be faulted. Unfortunately, no matter how perfect you make it, it will always be a /description/ of a watercolour and can never become the watercolour it is trying to convey.

If I have qualms it is that the piece is rather too cognitive. It is a little too "worked out". I don't think I'm unusual in experiencing the raw reality of this kind of conundrum is /in essence/ inarticulate. Yet this piece is more reflective than passionate. It represents how we tell the story afterwards - when we have made our peace with the issues and have found images we feel adequately express it. So I cannot give full marks for vision, even though there is true and deep insight here.

This is a brave piece (I suspect borne of the heart). Often those things that touch us in our deepest, softest middles turn out to be the most universal. With this you have truly hit that spot.
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DEES-NUTS-NO-MO Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016
so inspiring
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DEES-NUTS-NO-MO Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016
love
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heart Clap Heart 
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kelogsloops Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Holy crap. I just stumbled across your gallery and I must say three simple words.

I.

LOVE.

IT!

You have such a wonderful style it's so inspiring!!!
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Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much kelogs :)
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henrycarreno Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014   General Artist
Lovely idea, nice use of colors and hues. I am guessing this was watercolors. 
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:icontravis-clarke:
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :) It is actually digital :P
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henrycarreno Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014   General Artist
Now that you mentioned, I didn't noticed the category. Still an awesome painting :) 
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
very pretty work  :thumbsup:
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:icontravis-clarke:
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou wytherwing :D
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
it's my pleasure :nod:
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:iconart-eli:
Art-Eli Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
stunning work, i love the composition and the colours :)
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:icontravis-clarke:
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
im glad :)
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:iconyukeyto:
yukeyto Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student General Artist
I love this! The colors and composition are really good!
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:icontravis-clarke:
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou yuke! :D
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yukeyto Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Your welcome!!
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IanabelleIsaK Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Awesome work!
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:icontravis-clarke:
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks lucky :D
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Sensiwoman Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooooooooow, this is incredibly beautiful !!!!!! Stunning piece of art !!!
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:icontravis-clarke:
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou very much Sensiwoman :)
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Park-Llama Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
So awesome work!! I love the this colorrr!!:)
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:icontravis-clarke:
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
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lucium55 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Real cool!!! B-) (Cool) 
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:icontravis-clarke:
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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MaxsPlace Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
Wonderful, thought provoking piece.  :D
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:icontravis-clarke:
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :) I appreciate it!
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
How beautiful.
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:icontravis-clarke:
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou :)
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
You're welcome.
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novus41 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great work
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:iconjennifergosar:
jennifergosar Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Artist
Beautiful
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:icontravis-clarke:
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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zalkry666999 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student Artist
its perfect, nice job what u did.
:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconoddish-enigma:
oddish-enigma Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool mix of colors :o
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Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Heart 
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LevelUp-Photography Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the color pallet of this and it has some amazing composition~ Great job!
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Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou LevelUp :D
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LevelUp-Photography Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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:iconandrethcake1995:
Andrethcake1995 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is awesome... 
are watercolors? it is so great!! :iconokie2plz:
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puppythemighty Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very colorful and meaningful! I love the whole puzzle pieces in the heart and the colors are once again just stunning! :iconbravoplz:
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Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you puppy :hug:
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dsmastern Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Putting together the pieces of a broken heart?

Or, figuring out the puzzle of love?

Nice.
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Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:) both of course
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