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Postby Karen Berstler » Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:43 am

Grief, watercolor on paper 22.5"x22"
My intent was to try to portray the idea of grief or depression as it’s own separate entity, or identity. We acknowledge it- like an acquaintance one is polite to- afraid to em
ace it like a dear friend for fear that if we get too close, we will be lost. So it’s there, just under the surface like a reflection you can’t really touch.
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Postby weirdpuckett » Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:02 pm

Absolutely awesome!!!
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Postby Michael Ortega » Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:06 am

Excellant work on the hands and face! Thank you for posting this!
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Postby Juliep » Thu Oct 22, 2009 7:58 am

This is a great piece. It gave me goosebumps.
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Postby Karen Berstler » Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:37 am

Thanks everyone! I had some "technical difficulties" with this piece along the way, and I still wasn't sure about it even after I finished.
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Postby sablewand » Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:36 am

You have created a very beautiful original piece of art. Your image creates an atmosphere for contemplation which is wonderful. great picture.
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Postby Karen Berstler » Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:12 pm

Thank you for commenting on my work, sablewand. Well, I guess I'll call this one successful then, since I wanted the viewer to feel what you did indeed feel!
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Postby oilpainter2247 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:57 pm

nice karen with the color added too this ,,it does pop it out some .........it is still nice and soft also ...............i like this one .mike
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Postby Karen Berstler » Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:37 am

Thanks Mike, :)
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Postby kcortese » Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:59 pm

Just beautiful!

You captured the emotion in this work of art exactly as intended. You have a great gift.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

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Postby nigelartist » Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:19 pm

Brilliant!

A picture says a thousand words.

I suffer with bipolar disorder and this would some up the illness totally - amazing.

The mania and depression of the illness.

Maybe you could contact a bipolar or manic-depression site and see if they would like to use it as an emblem.

This work is the summation of bipolar for me...excellent.
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Postby Karen Berstler » Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:54 pm

Thanks everyone.
A picture says a thousand words.

I suffer with bipolar disorder and this would some up the illness totally - amazing.

The mania and depression of the illness.

I'm glad that this spoke to you in some way. And that I was able to get an idea out and have people understand it, is really gratifying.
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Postby Erika Takacs » Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:22 pm

This work is so powerful both technically and artistically. Since you mentioned technical difficulties, I thought I would mention this: her upper body seems to turn slightly towards the viewer, we should be able to see a bit of her right shoulder and arm. The faces and hands are perfect. Very well done!
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Postby Karen Berstler » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:00 am

Erica, I see what you mean, but you actually couldn't see it. The head was actually tuned and leaned in to the mirror. You could see it in the reflection,...but I chose to leave that out for effect. But now that you have pointed it out, it may have been better to leave it in to visually "push" that shoulder to the background.
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Postby BYart » Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:38 am

I haven't commented on this work until now, as it moved me tremendously...but the words wouldn't come, it hit me very personally.
Please forgive my tardiness.
You have depicted grief in an extraodinary way! And you've done an amazing job.
This piece conjurs so many emmotions and I keep looking at her again and again. Powerful is a great word to describe this piece.
Great job!
I can identify with grief being a separate identity.
Grief for me has left me almost unrecognizable to myself, or at least that's what I think.
Thank you for sharing this piece.
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