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Submitted on
December 3, 2012
Image Size
37.9 MB


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Shutter Speed
1/6 second
Focal Length
20 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 24, 2012, 10:20:16 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh
Hannah_Surfacing by HeatherHorton Hannah_Surfacing by HeatherHorton
oil on panel

The main image from my recent solo exhibition "Surfacing"!

Water is another form of fabric painting...:)

Plus fun distortion too!

This painting is also available as a print!
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-11-23
Exploring water surface and what's beneath; Hannah_Surfacing from *HeatherHorton, who's work states that challenges do pay off. ( Suggested by homunculus888 and Featured by jane-beata )
I will start by saying that I am thoroughly and unfoundedly impressed.

I am loosely familiar with the medium of oil paint, the closest acquaintance I've come to it has been acrylic; which, I might add, I found perpetually irksome and challenging. Things like blending colors, establishing textures, and overall execution of my visions never came through, so I'm only further amazed toward the incredible aesthetic of this piece. The artist shows a mastery of the trade in this medium, as well as elite conceptualization with the maintenance of a clear color scheme and an understanding of light, anatomy, and physical relations.

The vision shows clear execution with the positioning, angle, and action of the subject matter. Heather clearly had a vivid idea for an image, then carried it through with astounding integrity towards realistically portraying a peaceful concept. The shot at photorealism is in my opinion successful, since I honestly could not tell that it was a painting and the thought had not so much as crossed my mind before I enlarged the image and then achieved verification via the description. The combination of style choice and image is a show of originality in itself, not to mention I have never seen a water-themed traditional image carried out with such elegance and success.

The technique is, needless to say, something of flawlessness. Heather indefinitely is experienced and comprehensive of the medium, bending it with seeming ease toward her desires. There is a vivid show of understand regarding the way light reacts to active water, a rather challenging concept I might add. There is also a representation of her understanding to the manipulation of objects beneath water, as the submerged appendages of the model are distorted very naturally and beautifully.

The impact, all in all, was great. With the beauty and purity of the painting, I have the sudden urge to go jump in a pool. And I don't even like water.
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AlfieAlphA Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i am curious how long it took you to finish this piece
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
analillithbar Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap! What a wonderful job. I thought it was a photograph! :iconbravoplz:
SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a photograph. I'm sure of it. :|
lorenzoramis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unbelievable! great job.I admire your technique
SkullMuffins Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
How is this not a photo? lol You are insanely talented.
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
SkullMuffins Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
You're welcome. :]
Forru Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking "Cool photo!:happy: "

Then I read the description.

Checked the category to be sure.

Looked back at the picture.

Checked the category again.

Now I'm thinking, "OMG watch that o_O -above- That's a painting!?"
Chala101 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013

I thought it was a photograph... O.o how do you do stuff like this????

oh, and congrats on the DD :D

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