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River Roots by cloutierj River Roots by cloutierj
Another river garden. This one uses warmer tones than the first set; ivory and buckskin Amate bark instead of gray.  I do love those places in the river where old stumps and roots stand above the water and start growing fresh green gardens of their own. 

18" x 22"

Amate bark, unryu, Stardream metallic
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tahanialghanem Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013   Digital Artist
Wonderful
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Thank you!
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Gingershine12 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is very cool!
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Thanks!
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love the story this tells at a glance
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Thank you.  The little accidental gardens that grow from the old roots and branches are one of my favorite parts of the river.
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no argument here... have you done anything that resembles lichen growing on branches or rocks? 
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Nothing that small and subtle yet - the closet I've come is a row of mossed and lichened rocks that I keep on the porch railing.  Also a lot of reference photos of decaying logs with whole landscapes formed from the shapes of the wood and the growth on them.  Waiting to be worked on!
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
have you explored the possibility or feasibility of doing your own macro photography to have your own stock images?


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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Not really.  I already have lots more subjects and ideas than I can find time to use!  That darn day job just takes up so much of my time. 
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
understand that fully...also have a day job that consumes a goodly portion of my waking hours that could be better spent working on art projects...although without the aforementioned day job i could not afford to do very much so i have to make the most of what i've been dealt 
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kisamina-chan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :)
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Thank you!
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kisamina-chan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome !!!
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Kuume Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I adore the way you are able to capture and stylize the shapes in nature in your works. :) There's a Japanese woodblock print feeling to this one, a certain quietude and freshness to the composition.
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Thank you!  I love Japanese woodblock work; the clarity and spareness that so much of it has.  I took a class in it once, and have made a few, but there just isn't time at this point to work at it enough to be satisfied with results.  Some day I will!  For now, the papers give me their colors.
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Kuume Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like them too for the same reason. :) I wish I had the skill to make some too! It's quite time-consuming, isn't it?
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Yes - I'd say especially when learning, but the more experience I get, the more I want to try to do, so it's still time-consuming!  Carve the wooden blocks (one for each color), mix colors, moisten paper, apply ink or paint mixed with rice paste, print all the sheets in one color, then set up the next block, and print second color on all sheets, till all colors are done.  Then dry them so they stay flat (I'm still trying for that one!)  There - Japanese woodblock printing in a nutshell!

There's a great group online devoted to Japanese woodblock printing, the Baren Forum.  They run a newsgroup and print exchanges, and have instructional videos and blog links - here's their homepage:  www.barenforum.org/

And here's a link to some wonderful videos that show masters at work: learningobjects_devel.wesleyan…
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Kuume Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I once saw a video of them being made at an art museum. :) How many hours/days does it take altogether? Thanks for the links, it was very kind of you to share. :heart: I'll take a look.
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
I've done a simple one (one small block, carving simple shapes, printing only a few copies) in an hour or two. The carving takes however long it takes; the printing takes a few minutes for each impression. But when you make the carving more complex, and print more copies, and add more colors, AND when you get pickier about what is good enough to keep - then it can take days or weeks to complete a print.
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Kuume Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, I see, that makes sense. Maybe I will try a simple and small one some day, it seems fascinating, and I'm really into Asian arts. :)
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lilNatural Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Beautiful!!!!
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Thank you!
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FabioKeiner Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very finest
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Thank you very much!
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Thank you!
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Sinije Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Thank you!
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Itsmil Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
woaw, magnifique cette compsition !
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Thank you very much! Your sculptures are amazing.
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Itsmil Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks !!
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