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December Waterfall by Natan Estivallet by Natan-Estivallet December Waterfall by Natan Estivallet by Natan-Estivallet
Oil on canvas, 20 x 26" or 50 x 65cm, 2012.

Wet on wet, influenced by Bob Ross and Darrell Crow.
Comments are welcome!

Here are some studies I made prior to this painting:


Some nice paintings on waterfalls I found here, at deviantart.com:


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'December Waterfall' by Natan Estivallet is a well crafted landscape which has for me a strong surreal element.

Like many visitors to the deviantART site, I spend a lot of time browsing the submissions and stopping for a better look when something jumps out of the screen. With this piece, what catches my eye is the composition.

At first glance this is a classic landscape composition with detailed foreground separated from a distant vista by a well defined horizontal line slightly below vertical centre. Then the observer notices that the trees frame the sky and mountain beyond with an almost perfectly circular window or portal. It is this feature that locks the eye on a point slightly above the distant peak and pulls the observer into the frame.

The surrealism emerges because perfection of shape rarely occurs in nature and the artist takes full advantage of this. The perfect right angle of the river and the slightly exaggerated mist rising from the low fall gives an almost mystic tone to the work.

Apparently good critiques should find some negatives if only to accent the positive. If I were forced to find something I guess I'd point to the shrubbery masking where the river enter on the right. They seem a bit contrived.

Overall I really like this work. The brushwork is finely executed and the composition opens new worlds to explore.
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catnicorn Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your drawing is adorable!
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Hi, thank you so much! Happy new year!
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catnicorn Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problems! happy new year for u too! 
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Speck2 Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Awesome dear friend!!

Cindy

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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Thank you so much!! I'm glad you liked it! :hug:
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Speck2 Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

So very welcome !!

Cindy

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:iconroamingtigress:
Gorgeous colours and textures! Lovely setting.
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:iconfroggycomics:
amazing work
 i need to try oil paint 
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