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Refracted Portrait by HeatherHorton Refracted Portrait by HeatherHorton
"Refracted Portrait"
oil on panel
36"x24"

"Water, thou hast no taste, no color, no odor; canst not be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself, thou fillest us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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:icontibet11:
Tibet11 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Omg perfect technique
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:iconkikepeg:
Kikepeg Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
good and difficult work
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:iconhhh097:
HHH097 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
You capture the 'every day' and turn it into something magical. There are some amazing artist in the world and you are one of them.
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awe, thanks so much. That means a lot to hear.
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
This is amazing :heart: I love the way you have done the colours.
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you:)
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:iconamai-rose:
Amai-Rose Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Astounding
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awe, thanks!
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Andrew310 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
I wonder if you prefer the original to be viewed with some distance, as with Impressionism, or up close? Look up close at a Monet and you see brushstrokes; step back and you get the big picture. In this one perhaps the water droplets are emphasized when viewed up close; with distance it's a person behind wet glass. It looks cool on the computer screen, but I bet it has much more impact in person.
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I like both:) Close and far...each is special :)
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:iconbutterflyfish:
ButterflyFish Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
fantastic painting!
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks kindly :)
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:icondward0515:
dward0515 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, just wow.
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you very much!
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:icona-d-mcgowan:
A-D-McGowan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
brilliant work
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Pretty-green-eyes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I am so impressed with this piece! The reflection is so clear, but also so clear that it's a reflection. The water droplets are so hard to create, but they're don't to perfection. Just wonderful.
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so very much!!
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:iconnnicc:
nnicc Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heather, you are a revolution!
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oooh, can I save and star your words? Thanks! :)
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:iconmakeo:
makeo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
brilliant
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:icongreippikreivi:
GreippiKreivi Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist
To be honest: I would love to see works like these on the front page :) I like the way you can't see clearly the person's face - it creates somehow a mysterious and melancholic atmosphere. The quote was a nice touch!
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I appreciate your feedback :):)
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kach-back Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Heather this is gorgeous painting on so many levels. the patterns are mesmerizing to look at, it's such a masterpiece of texture and sub-texture. I am curious did you ever find yourself getting lost in all of the levels of this painting? One other side note is that I can see the person quite a bit more clearly in the thumbnail, than in the full view and it shows how completely you have painted this. I really have enjoyed how you push the limits of what you do, and the amazing results you get from that. Yours are truly works of art, and I appreciate you posting them, and seeing them on here. :-)
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HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! I need to save that message for when I need a boost. Thanks so much for your thoughtful words about the piece. This painting was new to me in some ways. I had to paint it in levels, which is not natural to me, but I got used to it. I had to paint the figure first, behind, and then the water on top. It was strange, yet it was coming together by the end of the second session. I hope this helps a bit and again, thanks for your amazing words!
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kach-back Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
Heather please do save it for that, we all need a boost now and then and if what I wrote helps you in any way that is excellent. Your explanation of how you painted this makes total sense to me, you are most welcome and keep doing the wonderful work you do. I love seeing what you come up with.
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sweet! Thanks again :)
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sumigirl Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Artist
I love this work. At first glance it has the appearance of being almost photo-real but upon closer inspection, you have not been slavishly tied to your source image. It feels natural and organic. Thanks for sharing.
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome, and thanks for your lovely words :)
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soul-deodorant Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
You're such a great painter. Always fun to see any new work you do.
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks kindly. I appreciate it :)
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:iconvisionality:
visionality Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic as usual....i love your water/shower work :)
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you very much!
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:iconheatherhorton:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you very much!
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