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Aquatic Mandala by karincharlotte Aquatic Mandala by karincharlotte
I started this a while ago, when I didn't want to commit to anything serious one day. Just as a warming up exercise. Since then I've worked on it here and there. It started out as watercolour, but introduced gouage when I wanted to change parts I didn't like.
Unfortunately my scanner could not fit the whole image. It is slightly bigger than A4 size (standard letter size).
Afterwards I had a lot of fun, trying some of the filters on photoshop, with some interesting results.
This is the original. Any feedback on how to improve this is welcome. Feel free to critique.
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rocamiadesign Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009   Digital Artist
:wave: This painting has been featured in the news article, SHAMEFULLY UNDERFAVED - THE SEQUEL.
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for including my Aquatic Mandala in your news article. I really appreciate the wonderful compliment. :hug:
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This lovely painting somehow slipped past me, but I really love it ~ I'm a junkie for circles in art and this one is so effective! :deviation: :hug: Cheers, Coco
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you, Coco! I apprciate you letting me know you like it. There is nothing like mandala making for getting the creative juices happening, so I often do them just for fun and to get inspired. :hug:
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome! (I'll try not to send this twice!) :laughing: :hug:
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suedollin Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love the way you arrange these little worlds. The shapes flow together so nicely and it makes lots of secondary patterns and textures.

Room for improvement? I hardly think so.

I always feel happy looking at your creations. :hug:

Hope 2009 brings good health and happiness to you and your family. :heart:
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008   Traditional Artist
Hey, Sue! Always so delighted to see a comment from you. You always say the nicest things.:blowkiss: :hug:
I could use more friends like you, but then again, my head would get so big, I would not fit through the door, ha, ha.
Hope you had a lovely start to the new year, and I wish you and your family all good things for 2009. Hope to see you sometime soon. :wave::heart:
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suedollin Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My pleasure Karin. You deserve a swollen head. :laughing:


Watch out for the snail mail!

Take care :wave: :heart:
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Arctosis Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Beautiful geometric forms and magnetic colours :)
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:iconzooreka:
Zooreka Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
Gorgeous - My fav of the series :)
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thank you for letting me know you like it. I'm pleased you like the original, since I laboured over it for so long, and thought I had probably overworked it. :)
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Zooreka Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
Most welcome - I like to see this variety coming into your work lately..... Don't get me wrong I adore the fishies too! :)
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thanks, I really appreciate the feedback. I understand that I need to explore other subjects. I've probably done too many fish paintings in the past. You'll be happy to note I'm going in a different direction, exploring other subjects and styles. :wave:
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Zooreka Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
indeed I am..... MInd you I am reminded of the old tale where someone made a name fro themselves for painting cucumbers... and thats all they ever painted for the rest of their Career..... I loke to think of Art as expasnion and not Stereotype....... You have talent in abundance and I will be delighted to see where it goes.... :)
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thank you, my friend! That is a really lovely compliment! :hug::heart:
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retransmission Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008   Traditional Artist
mysterious work! I love the eye :)
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thank you for commenting! I have a thing about eyes...they are fun to draw and paint. :wave:
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Aspartam Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Very nice as usual ! You have something for fishes.
Tip for you : scan one part of your image ( without cutting of course ). Scan the rest with a good overlapping, depending on size it may take 3 scans. Use a panorama software to stich , there is plenty that are free and some come with the every digital camera.
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tip.:hug: I do need to learn how to do that. Just so hard to keep up with the technology.
I often take photos of my work if it's too big for scanning, but that isn't always ideal, trying to get a perfect shot, without warped edges. :wave:
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Aspartam Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
It is very easy with a software, you have to have a good overlap on views. The software is able to recognise that well.
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Traditional Artist
Easy for you to say, ha, ha...I'm constantly struggling to keep up with the new technology. So lucky I have a computer wiz kid living with me. (our son is pretty clever with stuff like that). :)
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Wings-on-Water Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Definitely like the original best!
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:iconkarincharlotte:
karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Traditional Artist
I'm pleased you like the original best! Thank you for letting me know. :wave:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008   General Artist
I must admit I like this one best! :nod:
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thank you, Anna! I'm pleased that you like it best. Thank you for taking the time to give me your feedback! :wave:
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fractek Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008   General Artist
lovely! beautiful colors
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:iconkarincharlotte:
karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm so pleased you like it. :wave:
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Rozrr Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Me again Gouache.

Lovely work.
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thank you, Roz! Thanks to you, I now know how to spell Gouache...:D
Thank you for the kind comment. So happy you like it. :hug:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love your imagination karin!
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thank you for always taking the time to comment. I appreciate the kind words of support. :hug:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Always welcome
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