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Iris by theancientofdays Iris by theancientofdays
Just a quick little sumi-e iris I did a couple of years ago. It's 5" by 7", watercolour.

Original sold.
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amazinggrace98 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Is that japanese writing at the top left? The painting is gorgeous
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SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
wow it is really amazing! I'm trying to pain an iris myself right now and omg how on earth is it possible at all?! it's such a complicated structure!!! :)
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
:D It sounds like you're trying too hard! ;) If you're working with aquarelles, just put a little water down for each section of the flower and dab the water with paint and let it flow. :) If you let the paint do what it "wants", it'll be great! :)
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SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
Hm must try it. It's true. I think I try just too much to control the paint. In the end it's not what aquarelles are about. :) Thanks for pointing it, it's valuable advice because people usually don't see the most important things. :)
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Happy to help if I can! :)
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work you did ^_^ :love:
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
Thank you very much! I think the irises are my favourite flowers to paint in this style. ^_^
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
your very welcome :hug: and there my fav Flowers ^_^
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saperlipop Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
Irises are among my favourite flowers – this is lovely! :clap:
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
Thanks! I use irises a lot in teaching Japanese watercolour techniques - I just really like the way they're shaped. They seem to lend themselves pretty well to the genre. :)
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scarletkitsune Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Simple and beautiful. :+fav:
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Thanks very much! I think part of the trick to this style is not to get too carried away with detail... :)
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scarletkitsune Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Of course. I find myself sometimes thinking,"Oh, wow, this is going so well. I could just add one more little thing.." and suddenly it's ruined. It's hard to know when to stop somtimes.
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
I know what you mean - I've ruined a lot of sumi-e that way! :D
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ShiraKun Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Nice!!! I gonna luv it :blowkiss:
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
Thanks very much! :) I try to keep my sumi-e work pretty simple...
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Jon--s Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
You make simplicity look real good @ o@

*bitchslap* !

Makes me wanna try it :B Great pic!
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
:D I got bitchslapped by Jon! :laughing: You should give it a go - I imagine they have a few good sumi-e books in your library. Of course, there are some nice online tutorials as well. :)
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Jon--s Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
*joins bitchslapping-anonymous* >,>

KK ;)
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RKAnubis Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Wonderful, its a brilliant style of art and donereally well. Fabulous.
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Thanks very much! This is probably my favourite style to work in - there's a nice relaxing quality to working in sumi-e. :)
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Saharelshater Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Simple.. Elegant.. Beautiful :clap:
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Thanks very much! :) I always enjoy painting in this style; it'll be nice to get back into it after the holidays.
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Saharelshater Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
I think so too.. Happy holidays Chris :santa:
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
Thank you so much! I'm not sure of my religious etiquette here, but the same to you! :D :aww:
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balahir Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007   Traditional Artist
Simple and stunningly beautiful.
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
Wow, thanks very much! I think part of the trick to painting sumi-e is not to get too carried away with detail. :)
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milbisous Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
Looks like chinese painting, very nice :clap:
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
Thanks! I really enjoy this style sometimes, particularly after working on something really detailed. :)
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sheiabah Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful in its simplicity :clap:
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
Thank you so much! :) Sometimes I just get kind of work out on the detailed portraits all the time! :D
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shadowgeisha Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007   General Artist
This is beautiful:)
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
Wow! Thank you very much! :)
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shadowgeisha Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007   General Artist
No problem:)
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Pamala Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
Less is more! Wonderful

Pam
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
Thanks very much! :)
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Life-In-Bloom Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
very simple but also very beautiful :D xx
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
Thank you very much! :)
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Life-In-Bloom Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
your welcome xx
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klazien Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
:wow: ... This is great, Chris ...
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
Thanks so much! Sometimes I think sticking to something simple works out pretty well. :)
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klazien Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
You're completely right ! :)
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Dabull04 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
Stunning and to say this was simple ....Yeh right :laughing: well done and i agree it would make a nice card ;)
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
:D Well, it's simple once you get the hang of it, I guess... :laughing:
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Dabull04 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
Well i promised mysself some time over the weekend to paint but it just flew past me :(
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
The same thing happened to me. The only thing I got done was the painting of the two Siamese. I've gritted my teeth over finishing a couple more commissions this week - they're coming in faster than I can do them. I got one that's a pencil drawing of a wedding couple from the 1950's -I thought about farming it out to you, but I only quoted her 30 pounds for it. If you're interested in taking it over, I can e-mail the photo - it's a good clear shot. If not, believe me, I understand.
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Dabull04 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
I would certainly have a look, what size were you doing :)
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theancientofdays Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
This should be about ten inches by ten inches; I've got the photo at the gallery but I'll scan and send it to you this morning. Not a very high-paying gig, but there's no background or anything and judging from the snap, it ought to be pretty easy. As I say, if you'd rather not, I do understand. :)
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Dabull04 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
I'll take a look anyway Chris, what's the time scale and would they not mind or will i not sign it and say it's yours ;)
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