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Life is a Dance in The Rain - oil painting by borda Life is a Dance in The Rain - oil painting by borda
oil/canvas 100x80cm
Life is not about fighting the storms, but rather learning to dance in the rain...

painting is still in progress, still working at the drops but i lost my I submit earlier, perhaps I receive some useful suggestion :)

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Critique by theadornedvalkyrie Feb 24, 2012, 9:00:30 AM
Ok borda, you amazing Romanian painter you. I will give you my first Deviant critique. You deserve it. :)

My initial reaction to this painting was a calm one; serene and relaxed. My eyes made no sudden movements across the art to scan for minor details; my eyes just took the painting in, calmly.


HOLY CRAP! Those rain drops are painted?? (XoX)

It hit me like an egg to a frying pan and I still couldn't believe my eyes. At first when I saw the painting I thought maybe you dripped water over the canvas before you took the picture. That's how real it looked to me. Amazing. The drops are SO well done, they fooled me for real ones.
Very well done.

After the inital and lingering astonishment of the water droplets I started to analyze the rest of the picture more carefully.

The woman figure in the middle is lit up particularly well, making her the immediate focus of my attention. Of this character specifically I noticed that it took me unusally long to realize she was holding an umbrella. I saw her left arm down much more prominently, but almost too much- making the right arm simply disappear from my reality of the painting. Note though that I DID notice the umbrella. I simply thought it was 'flying in the wind of the storm.'

Next I notice the simplicity and smoothness of what's behind this woman. The people in the street, the buildings and wind-blown rain. I like this. It's so simple but still draws me in, making me want to stare calmly at it like ocean waves. Beautiful.

Wait... A man...?

Ooooooooooh, now I see. Before I noticed the man in the middle, I thought this painting was of a woman dancing in the rain. But no, it's much different now. I like this idea much more... but one thing is bothering me, why did it take me so long to notice this man? He is very shadowed in comparison to the woman he is lifting up, but because of this he seemed to get 'lost in the rain.'

My attention takes me back to the detailed droplets. Now what I originally fell in love with about this picture is slightly wavered. The droplets seem to take so much of the initial impact of this painting, that the rest of the beautiful image is simply beginning to wash away.

All in all I adore the idea of this picture, as I am a hopeless romantic and have a love for dark, beautiful paintings such as this one. I do think that if the two main characters of this painting were done in more careful detail they'd recieve more of the impact that they deserve.

Looking forward to seeing the finished piece.


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GalaxyOrion Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely beautiful, i like so much details, dark colours, atmosphere where shadows and light are intense, so dramatic and poetic like your comment about the life!!
drLotta Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Water drops are great!  <3
MorianBloodmoon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is just so beautiful and breathtaking!
gabrieldonovan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
yes I would also very much like to know when I am able to purchase a print of this beautiful imagination. incredibly well woven ideas. so gooood. thank you borda :)
Wayne-Fontane Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
Wonderful work! So intense and dramatic.
I'm very much impressed by your techinque how you painted the rain and i also like the title; it's so poetic ;-)
voodoosuncreations Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Very nice.
mysticpariah Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely stunning
getitgrl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
this is EXACTLY how i feel on rainy days. which is also why I love them!
LindArtz Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Very nice!!
benschumacher Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
do you sell these. i would like to commission one!
borda Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yes, I had send you a note :)
GetStoked Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Breathtaking!! Brilliant!!:eyepopping:
SchizoFreya Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I love how u paint rough and so delicate at the same time!

I have a passion for rain ;)
Must fav tis ...must! :crazy:

:blackrose: :blackrose: :blackrose:
Instantshame Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
OMG... you painted rain!! That is awesome, an inspiration... maybe I will spend my day learning how.... Beautiful... Thankyou x
ashkb91 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
love how it takes a sec to see the people, very beautiful
onenightstandstar Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wow oo
Blacleria Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I have featured your work in my journal, hope you don't mind :aww: [link]
ChelseaDrouin Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Phoenixhouse88 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
i love the way you did the rain ! amazing
musi1 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You are a great artist, frankly for a little a had thought that it's a real water drops before i read ur comment, and this is really an amazing work that i had to put it in my favorite although it deserves more than that.
RominaSantana-Art Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this, is quite different from your other pieces, but its still really well done. I really feel the emotion conveyed, and I truly admire the expression of the faces. I agree with someone who commented to add some little drops on the bottom black corner.
AveValencia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is poetry depicted in oil.
IreneAdler76 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
I love how bleak and beautiful it is at the same time
Svethlana Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
PassionateWarrior Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist's amazing
Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The difficulty of this piece impresses me. This is very hard to do in such balanced manner!
AshimaGoel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Writer
wow.. nice work :)
evolutionlab Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
great job on the drips comrade!
arodmp Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
very cool
ChipWhitehouse Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is so absolutely fantastic... Incredible... INSPIRING! I think it is perfection how it is! The only thing I could possibly think of doing to this would be to maybe add a little something in the bottom right corner. I mean A LITTLE LITTLE something. My eye is constantly drawn to the massive amount of BLACK. Its very right side bottom heavy right now. I think A few drops of water down in that corner would bring the composition together perfectly. And let the eye move around the piece better. I cant wait to see what you end up doing to this! :clap: GOOD LUCK :love:
MPPixie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Squeebone Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How did you do the raindrop effect? That is fabulous!
TheEpicBadger Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
MidnightStar69 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love the realism of the window!
bsmith13 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012   General Artist
ArtGoldArt Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!! *_*
inZaneArt Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Wow those drops look like they were difficult. I actually had an idea like this while I was driving in the rain, I wonder if I could pull it off
nightserpent Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
I love the rain effect- very well done and original!
ReimaK Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
raebearlawl Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
i love the droplets.
JolieCharmeRouge Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Really realistic, beautiful!!!
Abyss-the-Coven Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The water is already looking really great, but I know what you mean about losing patience with details while you're painting. I take a break when I stop enjoying working on a project.

You might like the drops and trails more if you make them higher contrast, but as I'm sure you've already heard plenty of times, they already look very real.

Beautiful work altogether, the scene in the background is sweet. The longer I look at it, the more I see that I didn't notice right away.
AliceWatch Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! The trails of dripping water are very well done. I wonder if you used photos and real images to paint the droplets from, because it's very accurate. Even so, just the scene behind it all is wonderful on its own. I can't wait to see the completed version.
I really love the contrast of the sharp, clear raindrops and the smooth, blended background. Also, is the girl holding the umbrella? I can't tell, but maybe that's just the unfinished part, like the bottom right corner. I loved it! Very inspiring and gorgeous, there's so many layers to it. :)
Aerorwen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This art is amazing. The blurriness of the background gives it a sense of fog or mist. The water drops are spectacular. Just a fantastic job!
MelodraSolo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
when i first saw this, i thought that you had drawn the picture of the two people dancing and then took a picture of it in front of a wet window or something
and then u were talking about fixing up the drops and stuff and im like :O **MINDBLOWN**
VectorJones Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Looks great. If you're looking to add some more, maybe put in some condensation along the sides of the image to simulate the effects of moisture.
Ladiesinboxers Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Damn you're good at rain! Awesome!
theadornedvalkyrie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's amazing! My boyfriend and I thought the drops were real! I had to rub my face and look again.

Minzile Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012   General Artist
the dancers look like a sketch to me. the drops are so good, that i don't know what you should change esp the lower ones are really good. i don't know how realistic the backscene should look, at the moment it is to me like a painting behinde a weg frame what is quite surreal to me as everything is painted :D
wytherwing Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
amazing work... beautifully done! :thumbsup:
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