...I restarted the portrait of my beautiful and wonderful little daughter Victoria-Luna, -this time in pencildrawing... A gift...for myself..."she is so beautiful...to me..."as Joe Cocker sings in his famous song...
If I could paint, which I can't, I would have painted my daughter, too... This portrait is so lovely...! I am a huge fan of Brian's paintings, and always liked to read and feel how much he loves you and Victoria-Luna... but I had no clue you were at dA too! Yesterday I saw the collab and your icon and I thought about visiting you. Glad to meet you !
This particular drawing stunned me. It is perfect - not only from the point of view of the drawing itself, but also from the point of view of feelings. When I look at your work, I can feel your love for her in every line and every curve, in every light and shadow and detail... She looks so innocent, so delicate, so natural, and her eyes.... her eyes are absolutely captivating. Full of dreams and hopes. Wise. It's hard to express how much it moves me...
It's a definite "fave from the heart"... one of those unique works that cannot be compared with anything else. Really special.
...hi,dear Manny,I am very happy to "meet" you,:iconewglompplz:,I 've heard a lot about you from Brian,the nicelady making always such wonderful comments on his work,and as I see,he is totally right, Myself adore long and interesting comments.To give and recieve.Having like a good conversation,exchange about artwork,emotions them concerning,observations,advises,it's a kind of reward and encouragement for every artist,having spent sometimes uncountable hours for his creation,and alwo a way of evolution,improvement. As you started your lovely comment"if I could paint",makes me think of this wonderful song "if a picture paints a thousands words,then why can't I paint you?The words will never show,the YOU I've come to know..."(Telly Savalas),so,indeed,it's a blessing for me,being able to paint or draw all my emotions .It helps me very much. I don't know what artistical expressions you have(but I will discover soon,by going in your gallery(lol)you made me curious,as you can "see so many emotioanl things"in a drawing,or painting,"recieve"what is inside,sometimes "hidden",and give such intense interpretations and wonderful observations,I would say you are maybe ...writer,making poems?anyway,I will see... When I read your comment,about what you felt,just by seing my little daughter's prtrait,I confess you,that I had tears in my eyes,sincerely.You expresses ,and said it all...all Ithink and feel about her.She is the biggest source of inspiration in my life(beside Brian(lol),and I represented her many many times in my artwork.Sometimes big portraits,and many time smaller,integrated in my paintings,sometimes 'in symbolic"way.She IS my angel ,having fallen from heaven:iconthnakyouplz1:ansd she IS a very special,wise and extarordinary child.I am saying this with the proudness of a mother,certainly,but not only because of this.She is ,since she is a baby,loved by everyone who gets in contact with her,in some kind of "naturally attracted",you can't resist her. what is also wonderful ,is that she is very interested by all kinds of art,drawing herself,dancing,and playing harpe,now... deeply for this wonderful exchange,my dear,as you see,...I couldn't help being very "talkitive",so much enthusiastic!
Brian is a magnificent man, dear Flo... he was recommended to me by Erik *Ihsahnity who you ought to know ... and I was impressed not only by his drawings, but also by his kindness.
I am not the kind to comment on every work. Comments flow when something really touches me and my mouth opens and I feel: " this is magnificent!" Otherwise I might pretty well fave and run . It would be impossible, regretfully to comment on every work of my friends ... not enough time!
The song you mention brought memories to me. I heard it from Bread [link] (check this version). Since I can't paint... I do attempts to "paint" by manipulating. Still, I have a long, long way to go and a lot to learn. I know very little and since I have little time, my art production is low - but that's good, because my watchers don't get loads of deviations on their watch list.
My native language is Spanish. I was not "born an artist" and I don't consider myself one at all. Not in the real meaning of the word. Most artists here are very, very good and they know exactly how to achieve what they see in their minds. I never know how my art will look like once it is finished!
What you say about your daughter is exactly the same I feel about mine. Mine is already 22 years old and we are best friends. But when she was a little girl, she captured the hearts of everyone around her. She is now studying dentistry, but she inherited my love for music and loves to play the guitar and sing.
I must say, that if your daughter is this special, you have a lot of credit. We mothers have a huge influence in our children's behavior and you must have provided her with tons of love and stimulus for her to be like that. What I saw in Brian's drawings is what you say... a beautiful and charming little lady that captivates the heart . Harp is a very difficult instrument to play and its sound is so gorgeous! I had a friend at school who played harp and we all were stunned.
I just added you to my watch and please be patient with me. I usually have so little free time that it might seem that I'll never get to your works, but I will eventually . I will try to check more of your previous works, too!
I send you a big hug, have a beautiful Sunday! Manny
...Brian IS indeed a most exceptional and wonderful man...actually the best and most perfect I 've ever got to know in my life,I was blessed having met him one day here on DA...;beside he IS a extremly talented artist,I am one of his biggest fans,as you can imagine,and having the chance to cover my walls with his masterpieces,he gave as a gift to me...... and I alos know very well Erik,we are 3 big friends,when Brian is in belgium,we meet each other several time a year,and it's wonderful...So,after all we all are friends now..;welcome to the "club',sweet Manny I am really happy having met you,as I already mentioned in my previous comment. Thank you for the link about the song,it is truly a lovely version,indeed... Oh,your mother tangue is Spanish...unforunately I don't speek much spanish..;just the most importnat:"te quierro" and "besame mucho"...but you write perfect english,and seem so much in ease My mothertangue is german,but I am greek(so I speak greek),for the last 28 years I speak french in my everyday's life,also english and some netherlands... I was in your gallery,and swa your works(not yet all of them,but I will,time by time:iconyesyesyeysplz: I find your gallery very beautiful,and I think you are doing ,what you do with very stunning talent:clpa:from what I saw ,already,I could understand and feel,that whatever you do,you do it with your(beside talent),and you want to express some deeper meanings and emotions,and that's what I personally like.I couldn't do any of your art manipulation,,I never tried,but I like to watch so incredible things ,some artists are able to do in this category. Anyway,I think ,nobody has to be "born" as an artist,we sometimes ,just discover somewhen in our life,what we are able to create,or do,and mostly,when we are ready for it,and also sometimes as "a need of expression",to say,"who we are",at least ,that is what I thinkI furthermore think,that to observe and analyze,appreciate artwork ,even form others,is alwo a kind of "artistic expression" ,how should I say...not everybody is able to "recognize" and feel,what another artist is desiring to communicate. Myself,I don't write such long comments to everybody,neither,it's ,as you said,when something is "floating out" accroaching... I can understand you perfectly,,that you can't respond or write comments like this every time,neither watch all deviations of your friends,it's impossible,to me,as well,because it's taking a lot of time and energy,as well;and we both have children and so much work,that ,unfortunately,we can't be everywhere ate the same time,can we?And than ,beside all our "duties" in lfe,we alwo want to be "creative",and this is taking a lot of time ,as well. So no problem...we are at the same "wave",dear Manny! Oh, your daughter must be fanatstic,too,I agree,from what you are describing! I am happy that she is grown up and still so wonderful,and that you have such a great relation ship...I have a son of 22 years,but unfortunately,3 years ago,things did turn out,otherwise,that I was expecting:iconsabrokenheartplz:,but..that's life...and thanks to GOd,I have my little angel-princess...:cionNyxVzla: Thank you for your lovely comment,my dear:and alos;your ,I really appreciate tones! have a wonderful week,dear Manny!
Well, finally I could find a moment in peace to get back to you!
Your words about Brian are so similar to what I say about my own husband . We met in 1978 and have been together ever since! Shortly ago we had our 25th Wedding Anniversary . It's a lifetime!
Thanks for including me in that awesome group of friends ! I feel honored! I wish I lived a bit closer and not in the other end of the world !
Your Spanish knowledge made me laugh, so I'll return the favor to you: I know these words in Greek: sagapopoli, pocamiso, pandeloni.
Und Deutsch spreche ich schon. Ich habe in der deutschen Schule gelernt (ich bin nur 1 Tag in Deutschland gewesen haha!).
About my art... well, I thought myself that I could never do a manipulation until I saw a friend of mine doing them. Believe me, Flo: you can . It's as easy as understanding the basics of how it works. If you can do a collage, you can do a manipulation. It's the same, but digitally! And you have an extra advantage: you can paint. That means that you have good pulse and imagination and the means to change images still better. And you also have a good idea about lights and shadows (something I struggle with constantly and are a nightmare to me)... and you would be able to do hair well (another nightmare to me).
So, if you have Photoshop now or in the future, and you want to learn to do manips, it will be my BIG pleasure to guide you in your first steps, link you to the basic easy tutorials (so you understand how it goes) and you'll see how much FUN that is!
About long comments, I usually have no problems with them , but you know, when I have no energies I don't like to "pretend" that I have them. So when I'm feeling tired or de-energized, I tend to don't answer more than a or a ... That means that longer messages are kept for when I have energies again haha! And it's cool to know that you understand that. Makes me feel comfortable with you! And I do feel the same, like an immediate sync with your personality!
But yes, I have had lots of work lately and that takes a lot from me... And about art, I've not been able to do much in the last days
I'm sorry to read about your son leaving you alone... I can understand your broken heart even without knowing the story, because I'm a mother too... Maybe the future will make him think things over and change his mind, bringing you the happiness you deserve. It's impossible to know what the future has for us.
If all this gets too personal, maybe you should "hide" the comments and answer to me on a note . Everything you write in comments is public on the internet (notes are not).
...25 years of marriageand still so much in love......most sincerest congratulations for your wedding anniversary!well..all I hope now,is that you can congratulate me back in 22 years,than I thank you deeply,as well,having include me to your friendsgroup,I am humbled ...yes,what A shame ,that you are living so far away...I think ,even in"real life",we could have had lot's of wonderful converstaions,and interests! ...Du kannst ausgezeichnet Deutsch,mien Liebe,gratuliere! Ta elenika sou einai poli orea,bravo!the most important you've got itand the rest...and the shirt,can be useful to know,indeed... Concerning the digital art...and manipulations..i admire to watch at such works,but,I was never attratcted myself in creating so.Sound strange maybe,but I am a "pure traditionaladdicted"(lol).Of course,there can't be such "perfections"than in digital Art,I agree.But it's "true and real".What I mean by that,(Oh now,I think you wished,you wouldn't have started this conversation with mebecause I have so many things to express ,concerning this...so I hope ,today ,it's one of those days,you "have lots of energy(I wish it to you:lmao),before I continue... So what i mean,by saying true and real is,that I lay down my true emotions,with real colours,(or pencils),I can touch,I can feel.I like to feel the oilpianting on my skin,smell it.I like to have the dust of pastels all over my hands,while I am using them.I feel through the tools I am usisng..they are "getting warm and alive".Even when here on DA of course,you can seealso only photographies of my works,wouold you see them for 'real",I am sure you could "feel"what I mean.It is a question of atmopshere and real emotion.Maybe not laways prefect,I agree.It is difficult,but,sometimes in life everthing is not "so perfect "neither.I can show ,what I see,and what I feel.At least I try.Hundreds of hours are sometimes in my works.Hundreds of emotions,hundreds of statements,too.Difficulties.Try and try again,to make it as "true",as possible.wtrue to reality,or to dream.Of course ,you cna do this alos ith digital,I suppose.But the difference to me is,that even,if it is of the greatest beauty,it remains kind of "cold beauty".The emotions are not "imprinted"in a paper or canvas,the "traditional artist"has touched,with his tools,with his soal.Like it is not the smae to type on a computer the mots wonderful represented loveletter;If I recieve one,written by hand ,on this paper,the person touched...maybe smells...you can't compare... I am dreamer,I know(lol,and I am proud of being one. BUT,maybe ,one day,I would like to "manipulate" photographies,to put some magic ,resembling different persons from differentpictures toghether,and ...I actually adore good photographies.Even to do on my own,it's passionating!so maybenindeed,one day,I would ask you to explain me ceratin things,if you still would be willing,after I all the work I gave you here to read me... Oh...it's already very late hereI am wishing you...a wonderful night or day,it depends your's sincerely,Flori
You know, I would be very happy to congratulate you in 22 years , but actually, every year counts and the step by step is important!
Ta elenika sou einai poli orea,bravo (I only got "bravo" ) If I guess... elenika would be Greek? / enai poli = much? / orea = ok? / Ta = your ? This above translation by me is PURE intuition... I tried it on the translator I use [link] and I got the very same words back hahaha!
And you will laugh... that boyfriend of mine who taught those words to me was always insisting we should have sex (and I always refused)... no wonder he taught me those words!
You never worry about my energy. As you see, it took time for me to be able to focus on this one, but I never deleted it! And I got to it! Sharing is beautiful and interesting and you can write as long as you wish !
I understand what you mean about loving your art "traditional". I can't do that, but if I could do what you do, I would probably not manipulate at all and paint all the time! And the way you picture me your feelings while doing your art is something completely new to me. I had NO clue that artists would feel that way, but it so makes sense and I am in awe to know how it works! And also, I can understand the difference of seeing a photo of a painting, and the painting itself. It's like when you are at an art museum... I've seen photos of masterpieces but only when I was able to see originals, I could feel how masterful they really were... It's something in the strokes, in the warmth, as you state, and in the "energy" that cannot be transmitted in a photo .
I had never seen it (nor had it explained this passionately) as you told me now and you've just opened a whole new world to me and my perception... and you're so right about digital. (Well, I don't know about those who are REALLY good and that do Mixed Media), but in my case I can feel exactly what you mean ).
Anytime, my friend, I would be delighted to give you any hint/help I can give you. And I would like to introduce you to a couple of artists whose galleries you could check (I consider them as some of the best I've seen, but there's still so much to discover!).
I'll note you with them, and thanks for being so nice and so passionate... You taught me something beautiful today!
Hello, sweetie! I featured this in my Journal this week - hope you don't have any objections 'cause it would probably be a few weeks until I got around to doing something about it anyway - lol! Thanks for making such wonderful artwork
...Humbled,sweetie.Not neglected...i totally understand,that we all have our lives,and if we want to be creative,than we can't do everthing at the same time!I try to be very creative ,too for the moment,having some expositions going on in 2 months,so that is stimulating... You always be in my little sis!
Wow dear Flori !!! This one is a fabulous and magical piece of pencilwork for sure !!! So wonderfully captured once again A great gift to yourself !!! And I know she is a wonderful angel !!! You're blessed my dear, as an artist and as a mom !!!