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"The Shadows We Leave Behind"
9 x 5"
Watercolor on Watercolor paper
$199 framed & matted (postage will be estimated according to destination) ~ Contact me if interested! arden@ardenellennixon.com

**Because of its odd size, this painting doesn't fit any of DA's available print formats. If you would like a print, please contact me, as I can have them made privately.

My latest watercolor goal is to master the use of rubbing alcohol to achieve various effects. The white highlights on the shadows were done by dragging an alcohol-filled eye dropper. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the final effect, but I love the accidental color scheme. That is to say, I didn't expect the colors in my wash to separate into such a nice gradient.

The model is again Sara, who was previously seen in my painting "Dark Star" [link] . The title popped into my head, unbidden, during one of my morning walks. FYI, If ever you see me walking and think to wave or honk, don't be surprised if I fail to look up or otherwise notice. Honestly, I'm too busy drawing in my head to notice the outside world, traffic excepted:)

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Notes of interest: "Sing the Moon Down" is now available for $117, as is "Dark Sun" for $111.



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soulfulSIGHT Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Love the hair and the colours :love:
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Thank you :) I confess, I do love painting hair!
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soulfulSIGHT Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
lol I wish I could draw hair :D very welcome ^__^
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AnoraAlia Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Featured this picture in my latest journal. :)
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Thank you muchly! Have a good holiday!
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009   Traditional Artist
This depicts the intensity of emotion well and the detail is great!
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Thank you muchly:) It's nice to know that her gaze grabs people as much as it was intended to.
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Counselor-Vidkun Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Ahh this is beautiful. I love the expression on the face and the way the hair looks. it's a very nice picture. I also like her eyes, she looks so sad and tired but beautiful just the same! It's amazing!!!
I hope you win the contest!!
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Thank you:) *hugs*
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Counselor-Vidkun Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
you're welcome! yaaay hugs!! :hug:
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ketchuppie Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
O.O I can't believe you chose to show off hair like this. I would have died. lol. Love it, amazing job on the hair, and the background was an awesome idea, love the effect from the eye dropper, and somehow the eye still attracts major attention. Great composition, and balance of the piece. :)
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Thank you very much for your compliments! Hair is something of a trademark of mine, or I should say, how much of it I tend to include in paintings. I'm a Pre-Raphaelite at heart where lovely locks are concerned:)
As for the eye, the model's eyes are actually a lovely amber in the right light, but I felt blue would better compliment the rest of the color scheme.
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ketchuppie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
well the piece turned out beautifully. :)
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ShadowMKII Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting piece. It speaks many things at once to me.
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
I'm curious to hear them, if you don't mind:)
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ShadowMKII Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Psychosis, the past, pain, being ostracized, confusion, memories, darkness, cold, fear, being lost.

A whole myriad of things come to mind.
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
A well-chosen myriad--thank you for sharing. When I originally saw the reference photo of my friend, my first thought was "I've been there." That is what drew me to do this piece.
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ShadowMKII Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's interesting in it self.
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Adflictus Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Fabulous =)
I like that effect in the background. That is why watercolors are so fun, you often get unexpected results. If you don't focus too hard on how it shall look or look correct then the results will look good anyway. Failed making a texture once, then looked on it and thought Hmmm this might work.

Im really fond of the balance in colors and tones. The hair looks superb. Even though her face is cut out of frame it still looks calm and well build up.
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
The reference photo of Sara that I worked featured her face out of frame, and I found the composition extremely interesting. For seeing so little of her face, you have no doubt of her expression and mood.

As for the colors I used, chief among them was "Lunar Blue," a Daniel Smith brand watercolor. I treated myself to a tube of it a while back--waaaay back, when I had money:)--and it has become a staple of my beloved paintbox. My watercolor teacher taught me that black is never just black, so Lunar Blue often forms the base color in shadows and hair. In washes, the blue and dark gray in the color separate out beautifully. If you make a mistake, you can wet your brush and lift the paint back up, albeit carefully, without it staining the paper. Thus ends my pimping of Daniel Smith's "Lunar Blue." :)
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING ... that is awesome work! :D Marvelous!
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Thank you muchly, Pam:) Your paintings are next! After spending some time flipping through my Tarot guide book last night (yay Barnes & Noble's sale section), I think I know which cards will fit them best.
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AztecPrincess333 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fabulous work.:clap:
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Thank you:)
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AztecPrincess333 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome!:hug:
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azureseiharra Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
The expression is nice!
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Thank you:)
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tenshi-no-zetsubou Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Beautiful. :heart:
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Thank you:)
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tenshi-no-zetsubou Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Anytime.
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