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Hannah_Surfacing by HeatherHorton Hannah_Surfacing by HeatherHorton
"Hannah,Surfacing"
oil on panel
48"x72"

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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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 sincebecomeswhy and Featured by jane-beata )
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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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KeroKeroKeroppi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing.  This reminds me a lot of David Hockney's pool paintings (here's an example: acdn.architizer.com/thumbnails…).

Only your stuff is like ten times better.
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marcobusoni Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing work !
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:iconalfiealpha:
AlfieAlphA Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i am curious how long it took you to finish this piece
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Over 100 hours..it is a big one!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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analillithbar Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap! What a wonderful job. I thought it was a photograph! :iconbravoplz:
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconanalillithbar:
analillithbar Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconmypleasuresignplz: Stay inspired.
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:iconsaintofthedragons:
SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a photograph. I'm sure of it. :|
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
It isn't!
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:iconlorenzoramis:
lorenzoramis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unbelievable! great job.I admire your technique
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:iconskullmuffins:
SkullMuffins Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
How is this not a photo? lol You are insanely talented.
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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SkullMuffins Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
You're welcome. :]
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:iconforru:
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!?"
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :)
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:iconforru:
Forru Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome~ ^o^
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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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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you!
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:iconchala101:
Chala101 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
you're welcome :D
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:iconl1quidluck:
l1quidluck Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
woah i thought this was a photo
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:iconharmony-world:
harmony-world Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was just hoping to myself, for this not to be a painting....I was wrong
wow!
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:iconflowerofeden:
FlowerOfEden Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit, I thought this was a photograph until I read the description! O_O
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconsara-sekhmet:
sara-sekhmet Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Absolutely stunning! It makes me miss summer. Congrats on the DD :)
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:iconiceluxray:
IceLuxray Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's oil? :O beautiful job man!!!~~~ :heart:
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WhiteFoxCub Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Holy cow..
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eastcorkpainter Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Fabulous work, distortion captured realistically and a high standard technically.  Well deserved DD!
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BURU--AKATSUKI Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Artist
awesome congrats
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:iconlomatic:
lomatic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic, super realistic!
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:iconkirschenwasser:
Kirschenwasser Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulation to the well deserved DD! Sun Heart
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Solar-Encoded Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Wow. Talk about taking on a challenge ;) (Wink) I'm yet another who thought this was a photo. That is a stunning painting. Congratulations on the DDSun
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconfliplock:
fliplock Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gratz on the DD... you have a lot of wonderful pieces :)
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KeithKash Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
nice
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daywalker03 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Well done; like a few others, I thought this was a photo, or a photo-realistic 3D render, at first.
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:iconraghnall:
Raghnall Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013   Photographer
Beauty.  Very photographic.  You have captured the surface of the water well, very difficult to do in apainting.
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TomDEE Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
My jaw was dropped for like 2 minutes :wow: Terrific painting!!!
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CrazyLadyII Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...Wait, this is a painting? Oh my god! This is amazing, I thought it was a picture!
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:iconloxome:
Loxome Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student General Artist
I thought it was a fish at first.
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getmarkdirt Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
verry kewl
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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Adran06 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
I didn't even realize this was a painting. At first I thought it was a photo!
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:iconkitcatclaz:
kitcatclaz Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
love the water shot here. Perfect angle :)
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:iconhelenburg:
HelenBurg Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning work!
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:iconsophitschku:
sophitschku Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Impressive! Clap
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ostringo524 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
 This is a painting? That's amazing  
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Nibroc99 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
IKR!?  I was expecting the category to be "Photography/people" or something, but seriously, wow.
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ostringo524 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know I was wondering what the picture was so I clicked on it and then I seen it was a painting Anson was like wow O.O
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chelsea-the-tomboy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know I'm the millionth person to say this, but I was sure this was a photograph before seeing the full-size image. Enviable skill, fantastic work!
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