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Thread: Spring through gauze curtains

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    Spring through gauze curtains

    Inspired by a line from my favorite Chinese woman poet, Li Qingzhao (early 12th c.), a poem-song called "Little Mountains" ... In Li Qingzhao's time, Spring was a season of longing for loved ones to return from the north, where they have been sent to defend China against invading barbarians ...


    "Pale moonlight through silvery curtains"
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    So subtle and lovely. Your title says it all.

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    Hi there Pete, and yes the title does say it all, really like it a lot

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    Wow, Pete, beautiful.

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    hi copespeak, thanks as always for your great comments ... and pat, I think you've returned, like spring, good to hear from you again ... and hi lima, I always appreciate your thoughts ...

    You know, this painting also is a test of the Overlay mode ... I'm discovering this is a very subtle way to blend but also very difficult to control ... Results often are totally unpredictable, well, not really, but they are hard to gauge in advance, especially when different modes are blended ... For example, here there is a toned base, then a Multiply layer, then an Overlay layer, and so on for five or six layers ... And when opacities are set differently at each layer, the precise colors after "merge" also are hard to predict ... I was thinking of Overlay as a kind of hyped-up glazing mode ... In a way it's fun, but can be a little frustrating if you are looking for perfect control ...
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    Subtle, elegant, contemplative, tranquil - a beauty of a "being with one's thoughts".
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    Very beautiful Pete. Somehow it gives me an impression of those traditional artistic made art rice paper with different textures in it. I really love those color palette you use. Good on drawing or writing asian arts

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    ... thanks for the comments ... byron, there is a synthesis, a kind of merging of identities, which I find more restful than analysis ... pai, I often use Xuan paper as a ground, not always successfully ... alexandra, "the best composer for painters is light" .... Emerson (quoting from memory, his essay on Nature) ...
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    Very good concept. I have to say though that the image (for me) is a bit too vague. It hasn't much of a focal point. Of course maybe that is the point.
    I do love the subtle colors and atmosphere.
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