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February 18, 2012
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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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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 :)
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