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Japanese Garden at Kew by Himmapaan Japanese Garden at Kew by Himmapaan
Japanese Garden,
Sketch-painted en plein air at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.

Watercolours, 2002

Some straightforward observational work from several years ago.
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Alright, that really is it for a while now. :blushes:
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:icontophita:
Tophita Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful )
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YamaTheSpaceFish Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely colors.
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abigailazizan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
i'm just so in love with this right now
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:iconalinspired:
alinspired Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
wow love the colors, great work
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Otakuprincess Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
Wow, you did a beautiful job of capturing the scene there!
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Ninjerina Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Student General Artist
Great color choices here! I was just trying to do an exercise with simplified areas of color in colored pencil, but alas I was not as successful:saddrunk:. You're an inspiration to aspiring illustrators
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CageyJay Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps I should have spent some more time at Kew when I could-- I don't remember seeing this garden. This makes me want to go back and look.


Have you spent any time in the grounds around some of those gorgeous historical houses your country opens to the public? They're indescribable, and so patently English. The only similar thing in America seems to be Longwood Gardens, an old DuPont property.
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meihua Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
cool, I like how you used negative space to define outlines, it looks interesting
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:iconumbrellasky:
umbrellasky Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
Beautiful colours and textures. You have captured the delicate feel of an oriental painting.
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:iconerene:
erene Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
:clap:
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:iconplexar37:
plexar37 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing and beautiful! :)
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:iconabbaloveu:
AbbaLoveU Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
This is really lovely. I love the style and the variety of color!
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SoyUnHamster Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
:laughing: Your more abstract work is beautiful too!
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:icon3ahia:
3ahia Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
waaa~*+*+
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:iconrift-warden:
rift-warden Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
oh dear!

every tree has it's own shape, and it's own colour and form, and yet everything blends well :)

wonderful :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
What a charming little painting! I really hope to go to Kew soon... I've been reading a lot on Frederick, Prince of Wales, and apparently Kew was his baby. I bet Fred would really dig this, as he really liked art and by all accounts had great taste in it. :D
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, hehe, thank you!
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KarrinGray Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
I like the white gaps between everything, its like splashes of sunshine, or reflections of light off water.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :hug:
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:iconlennan:
lennan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Lovely and vibrant colours. I always envy how people can use water colours like this. XD
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blacktiger98756 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Student General Artist
this is very beautiful. i love all of the colors you used
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amenokumo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
damn....u are soooooooo kwl!!!!!!i want to can do something like this!!!
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fedoragirl Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
very nice. love the lighting and the painting style.
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:icondeeleaf:
DeeLeaf Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
wow, the colors are amazing..O_o very clean, smooth..=)
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destinykitty Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, very vibrant
how do you manage the white lines of hte building?
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
The white of the paper was left between each wash of colour.^^
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destinykitty Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so, just careful application of paint then
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:nod: Yes, indeed. ^^
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, watercolour without lineart. That's great! It's even more colourful than most of your artworks (not that they're not colourful of course. But here we have just colour and white, when elsewhere colours are blended together with a consistent basis).
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Katira Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
I've a question: did you do a pencil drawing first, or did you just start painting? (alla prima :giggle: )I'm really impressed at how clear-cut and precise each of the shapes is, they're not bleeding together at all... Crazy patience must've been required to wait for each shape to dry completely before starting to work on the neighbouring shapes... And crazy precision!

You and your art will be missed sorely, Niroot. :hug:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, this was alla prima alright :giggle:. I didn't have to wait though, as it's an 'open wash' technique - you can see all those whites of the paper.

:hug:

I'll be working on probably my most significant project yet (sounds awfully self-important, but it's not meant to be :roll:). In the meantime, I'm hoping to develop the hide of an Ankylosaur too. :XD:
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Katira Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
In that case the precision of those shapes is remarkable! :omg:

What in the world would you need the hide of an Ankylosaur for?!?! And good luck with your significant project, whatever that might be! I'm sure it will be amazing (I have yet to see something of yours that isn't).
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
What does one usually require a thick skin for? ;)

Don't worry, I'm not going into another dA depressive mood. :giggle: But having a thick skin is always good, no? :D
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Katira Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Oh! I finally know what it is this reminds me of - batik! *smacks forehead*

Sorry, I couldn't figure out what it reminded me of and it bothered me. And now I know.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:nod: :D
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:iconkatira:
Katira Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Good luck with that... :giggle:
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow. This is incredibly, incredibly inspiring - I'm itching for my paint set.
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LG-Young Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Oh, how refreshing!

Is it me, or do many UK-based watercolorists purposefully leave lots of untouched white bits to define their subjects?

Best of luck with your offline endeavors....


:)
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Loki-GodOfTricks Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is beautiful.
i think maybe you should go over it with pen and add some detail to it, though; maybe a .05 or .02 micron, if you have one.
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely!
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
I like the various techniques and colors employed here. :)
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caged-wind Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Amazing work as usual! This is very pretty and clean, and the style matches the art perfectly. ;)
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hito-w Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, the Royal Gardens are so beautiful. I wish I had never left =)
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AntiEvangeline Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
ooh how wonderful~ the outdoors lends a certain light doesnt it?
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Jezhawk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
love that dash of blue in the sky and the looseness of this.
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slightlytriangle Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Oh that's rather delicious :D
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Thinking-Silence Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
really lovely:)
hm...

"Alright, that really is it for a while now." ?

Why ? :(
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Much work to do, I'm afraid (see latest journal entry ^^). :hug: Besides, I think people are tired of all these recent little things now. :D
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Thinking-Silence Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
(I don't really read journals, because I get about 80 in a few weeks and 80% of them are not needed or fun xD)
So I'm sorry, I didn't read yours, either.

(Now I read it^^)

I hope you find the time to relax and to create some brilliant artworks :)
The first thing is the difficult for you, the second one surely true ^^
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I hope I will be creating decent artwork for the books I'm about to work on. Whether the process will be relaxing or not is quite another matter. :XD: Thank you for your encouragement.

Don't worry, I don't like to post vacuous journal entries. There'll usually be something a little bit worth knowing in them... ^^
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