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Through a Glass Darkly by jedimasterpaul Through a Glass Darkly by jedimasterpaul
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Make a go of it

g-g-g-G-g-g-G-o-oo-oO.
Lace my fingers together in a marriage of gardens and stairways, scratched and red.
Look, I see the way shes standing, she must have been a dancer once, or perhaps still. Nicotine stains on her fingers and teeth and dark bruised looking eyes. Stooped shoulders, feet turned together looking up through badly bleached hair and so heart-breakingly lovely that I dig my nails into my hands and bite my lip until a small drop of blood rolls down my jaw.
See the way she clutches her bag to her chest, her fingers are white with the tension and the pallour of her swollen lips and her skin, her skin.
Her skin is like stained porcelain, like smudged parchment, like violet and cadmium yellow cream, like smoked glass, like marble powdered with soot, like enamel injected with charcoal, like a gleaming scrubbed rose madder glaze over tight white canvas.
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Tara---99 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
So beautifull
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Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008   Photographer
WOW you are a master of pastels, this is exceptional , I love the softness of her hair and skin , she really does look like a sweet dancer . :blowkiss:
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Rainandstars Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
"Long, glorious locks, which drop upon thy cheek like gold-hued cloud-flakes on the rosy morn." ~Philip James Bailey

An elegant painting!
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gauchito Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
very impresive!!
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jullia-jullia Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how the light fall on in this painting.. This is one of the paintings that I would really love to have them on my wall ;) I really like it
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winteryuki Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
Beautiful - I especially love the contrast with the lighting effects on her skin. :)
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jedimasterpaul Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
thank you very much... she is a beautiful woman... :)
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ninazdesign Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional Photographer
Dear :rose:

I hope you will take your time to look in my Journal today, this picture has been featured ...

:heart: from Nina
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jedimasterpaul Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
i am honoured. thank you.
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ninazdesign Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional Photographer
My pleasure dear :blowkiss:
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ninazdesign Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Professional Photographer
I love this :rose:
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jedimasterpaul Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
thank you ms nina
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ninazdesign Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Professional Photographer
:blowkiss:
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WATANUKISEYE Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
WOW.
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jedimasterpaul Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
thanks!
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AgnesPterry Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
gorgeous painting, very nicely done! Pastels are awesome. :-)
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jedimasterpaul Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
they are... i use paper that is kinda like sand-paper. at the end of this i was bleeding into it :)
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WattsHanna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
beautiful girl- beautiful done!!!
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jedimasterpaul Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
thank you... i have been blessed by having such beautiful friends. who will listen to me when i say "STAY STILL NOW!!"
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WattsHanna Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
yes, you are blessed... :) - you are welcome!
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BRipin Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
Beautiful art work.
And I really appreciate it that you gave some technical details of what you were intending on doing and how you achieved these effects. Well done.
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jedimasterpaul Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
thanks! :)
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autieri Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
Nice job! Good value scheme to this.
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jedimasterpaul Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
thank you :)
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visualawakenings Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
Holy crap - this is awesome! You did a wonderful job on the glass, the hair - all of it! Love it!
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jedimasterpaul Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
thanks... it is so important to hear these things. the most valuable compliments come from our peers.

:)
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stale-kisses Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
wtf?! that's amazing. ugh. =p
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jedimasterpaul Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
thanks babe :)

some day we shall be on messenger at the same moment... it is the time of year here for the RITUAL OF BEATING THE KOALAS TO DEATH WITH THEIR OWN YOUNG.

nah not really.
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stale-kisses Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
lmao. omg. that's royally fucked up.
wtf.
lol.
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BarbaraM Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
OH MY GOD! This is AMAZING, you really did that with pastesl!? It's too good to be real =P You're my master :worship:

I just feel so small while looking at your work...
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jedimasterpaul Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
dont feel small power to the polish chick!

i didn't start painting until i was 23or 24 (those years are kinda blurry)

u r sooo young and so good already
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drevan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
oils or chalk? i'm figuring oils... i can't use pastels at all, so i'm amazed by this piece :)
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jedimasterpaul Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
chalks! thank you for your kind words :)
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jedimasterpaul Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
buy ones called "schminke" if u can get em. they make the other stuff seem like a different media entirely. they are like cream. and spend the money on the paper too. doesn't matter with materials for a lot of stuff but with pastels there is no choice. thanks for your words, they mean a lot to me.
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drevan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
chalks... dude... that's just freaking insanely masterful. my own experiments with chalks have been less than encouraging, let me tell ya.
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