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The Journey: Red Balloon by SethFitts The Journey: Red Balloon by SethFitts
This one has been in the studio for awhile waiting for me to figure out how finish it. I am still unsure if I like the lower portion of the piece.
Acrylics and pastel on wood.

S. Fitts, 2010
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martaraff Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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martaraff Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
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irethkalt Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You usually ground your images in some way, maybe this is why you're uncertian about it. I think the ambuguity of such a majority of the picture's surface makes it seem a little off. :/ In other pieces, I've seen you use clouds, shadows, other picture elements such as keys and/or circles, or simply placing the main object in a symetrically or asymetrically balanced way, and somehow the picture is complete.
Yes, waiting could bring the answer. Sometimes the simplest thing can tie it together. :)
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes the grounding gives a sense of depth and place. Thank you much for your thoughts on this. :D
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irethkalt Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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lillabullero Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
It seems to be an allegory of the journey of the mind, the flux of imagination that has the power to fly and go beyond reality. In its simplicity is really an impressive work...I'm so in love with it.
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:la: Thank you so much!
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:iconlisacrofts:
lisacrofts Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
i really like the red colour of the balloon
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:iconsethfitts:
SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I was wondering if it was a good red. :D
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Toph17 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Woah. You can leave something then finish it later? How do you do that? (It's a skill I need to learn in my busy busy life)
And I really like the outline of the clouds in the middle!!
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I have to leave pieces sometimes. When I look at a piece with fresh eyes, I see problems in the piece or I get a new idea for the piece.
I don't know if it is a skill. It is just something I do.
Thanks!
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RachelGKaufman Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
This one never will die. This is the vendetta of that Red Balloon.
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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RachelGKaufman Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
:hug:
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Piggeple Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
I like the way you use the collors. Really good:)
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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AndreVazquez Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
I love looking at the textures created by the paint on wood. Very fun to explore.
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes it is!
Many thanks!
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010   Traditional Artist
I think it looks really wonderful. There's a heavy balance of dark at the top and light-brightness at the bottom, but I think it works beautifully, balancing out in its own way. The red and shape of the balloon create such great interest and contrast of colour, and the subtle clouds add so much throughout the rest of the piece. I love how the colours keep coming back to that paler yellow of the clouds. Wonderful! :heart:
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I still plan to look at this piece again after a week or so but after this comment, I may not make any changes to the piece.
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MissMurderFish Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Very flowing.
It seems to me that the little red balloon is transporting the leaf to somewhere safe so the leaf can heal or recover. :)

I like this piece very much, it has a calming effect on me.
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I like your interpretation of this piece. :D
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MissMurderFish Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
:hug: It really does make me feel more calm.
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Building-HP Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Student
Now, this enable me to see two different things and admire both. I love the balloon...or boat-loon, XD And how it is so light on top and darkens deeply toward the bottom hemisphere.
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And I also love and have loved the way you always do your backgrounds. Always! I love your brushstrokes.
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I am very flattered. Many thanks! :floating:
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FeathersOnFire Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
I really like the dark brown at the top! I think adding a dramatic perspective would give the piece more impact. Also, some more detail of how the wires connect to the balloon would make the balloon more. . .real, I guess.
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your input :). I will think it through. I will let it sit for a few weeks and look at it again.
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shinchai Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
this seems very...wistful?
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:iconsethfitts:
SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, that is a good word. Thank you!
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shinchai Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
You are very welcome!
I love your style of drawing things~
You would be an excellent illustrator for a children's book, in my opinion.
:)
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PhilippMueller Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010   Photographer
Great as always :)
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:iconsethfitts:
SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks! :D
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Kaislea Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
You have incredibly soft and beautiful gallery here, i love your smooth colors and tones witch make the texture come out from these works. :heart:
You also have great eye for alignment, and it makes really nice feeling in these.
If you don't mind, i think i'll add you to my friends so i can see more of this! :aww:
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I appreciate the compliment. :w00t:
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Hortensie-Stone Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This piece is so mystical, :omg: I love how you used the space on the canvas and how the red ballon contrasts with the yellow sky. :meow: I like the lower portion very much. :D
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Many thanks! :woohoo: Maybe I was just over thinking the composition.
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celexana Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the space beneath the balloon which igves the feeling of space~~ Nice work!
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you much! :)
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celexana Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome indeed =)
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Weavrrcat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow... this is stunning. Love the long-format. <3
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks! :)
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Mayfair710 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010   Photographer
i know nothing of painting but i like it all from the top all the way through the lower portion. :)
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? Thank you so much!
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Beautiful!
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:iconsethfitts:
SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks! :D
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EVAVESTER Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Very simpatic!:heart:
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:iconsethfitts:
SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you much!
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EVAVESTER Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
:hug:
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GoodAp0llo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Love it. Very awesome colors. :)

Great job.
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