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Vivaldi by cogwurx Vivaldi by cogwurx
This piece went through so many revisions. I started concepting this back in December 2011 and began the painting process in January. This was partially an experiment in Painter but it ended up in Photoshop. I reached the limit of what Painter could do through my sheer ignorance of the program. The challenge was that my brain is wired for Photoshop and it's interface.

It was great to have a dialog for so long with this piece and I often struggle with getting a great abstract textural surface and "background" which becomes my brick wall that I can't get passed. Walking away from the piece from time to time helped solve what was missing, it was a great exercise.

I had may ideas for a focal point, the lack thereof was my issue, and at one stage I put in a retro styled rocket instead of a leaf. This got my creative juices flowing and I was going to go down that route but the organics in this piece vetoed that direction. The leaf brought everything together.

During the final stages of this piece when I was inching toward a retro angle, I was graciously given some retro ephemera from a fellow artist that I will be using in another piece as there is much inspiration happening at the moment!

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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so beautiful!
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:iconcogwurx:
cogwurx Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you!
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Eowyn831 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it. Well worth the time from conception to completion. I like it so much I will add it as a wallpaper. Thank you. Keep doing what you do...it's great.
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:iconcogwurx:
cogwurx Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you so much!!
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:iconolejny:
olejny Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!!!
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:iconcogwurx:
cogwurx Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you!
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:iconbrackenart:
BrackenArt Featured By Owner May 15, 2012   Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconcogwurx:
cogwurx Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you!
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:iconldhxvs:
ldhxvs Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional Artist
I love it!! Beautiful as always!!
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:iconcogwurx:
cogwurx Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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Cr2O3 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
mmh i dont know
its all perfect
but something bothers me making it un-perfect
dunno what it is
maybe too much going on
though i love those ornaments (watersign sucks bad a lot bytheway ;))
mmh
dunno
good work anyhow
;)
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:iconcogwurx:
cogwurx Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you!
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dlmoody Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great stuff Rome!!
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks, DL!
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gregoriousone Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   Digital Artist
I have the same dilemma when I try to use other programs like painter.. I only know how to do very little with them and inevitably I end up back in photoshop because I know it better and can make it do what I want. I also have the same problem sometimes when working abstract-- it all looks like background and it takes some time to figure out what and where and how to bring out a focal point. I'm always stepping back and looking at how it flows, where my eye is directed around the image. It's all about pushing your visual language and developing more nuance and meaning and just trying to find something that 'feels' right visually and makes sense within the image. puzzles and riddles I tell you!

anyhow with all that said great image I think you found the right direction and everything from the palette to the overall design make sense and flow together beautifully. This looks more like and organic collage than a painting. so Kudos to you my friend!
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
So true, my friend! Thank you!
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Glad to see new work from you!
This piece is indeed full of detail and work -yeah it shows- yet not overloaded. Love the pallete and the organic elements :clap:
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you!
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