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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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Dreamerlaura1987 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
Amazing!
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
Thank you! :thumbsup:
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Aura-Dawn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thought you might like to know, this has been featured in :iconSharpenedEdge"  Am a little late in sending notice so sorry.
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
No problem, thank you so much!
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Aura-Dawn Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
most welcome
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catnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your drawing is adorable!
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Hi, thank you so much! Happy new year!
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:iconcatnicorn:
catnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problems! happy new year for u too! 
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Awesome dear friend!!

Cindy

:heart:

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

So very welcome !!

Cindy

:heart:

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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Gorgeous colours and textures! Lovely setting.
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Hi, thank you!!
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:iconroamingtigress:
roamingtigress Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
You're welcome :)
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froggycomics Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
amazing work
 i need to try oil paint 
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Thank you, ah, it's a good idea!!
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:iconbluebow12:
bluebow12 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013   Photographer
wow beautiful!
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Thank you!
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:iconmistersingh:
mistersingh Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Very beautiful painting:)
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Hi, thank you!!
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:iconmistersingh:
mistersingh Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
:iconrbyw::iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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:iconpetia84:
petia84 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adorable - I want to be there!
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Hi, thank you very much! :hug:
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:iconpratyasha:
Pratyasha Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very beautiful painting. :)
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Hi, thank you very much! :hug:
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Latusal Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
I just want to sit on the bank and listen to the water ^-^
Or sit on the cliff! That would give me a better view~
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Thank you very much for your kind words!
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Slb9537 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student
very pretty. i love the dome shape
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Hi, thank you!!!
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:iconmelody-in-the-air:
Melody-in-the-Air Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are a magician that wields a paintbrush to create miracles~
beautiful work~
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
What lovely words! Thanks you very much!! :hug:
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JPRKDesigns Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really good work, almost looks a little Bob Ross inspired.
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Hi, thank you! Yes, it is influenced by Darrell Crow and Bob Ross!
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artweak Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Wow I know I've comment on your art before but I wondered why I didn't watch you before? I'm glad I've found you again and your great art. And yes, Darrell Crow is a great artist and teacher. My influence is from Darrell too and that's what I want, learn more landscape/sky/Ocean and then move on to people add them to the paintings. I'm working on a couple of projects and keep on learning and be able to have my own style. Keep the great job my friend! ;)
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Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Hi, thank you very much for your comment and watch! Glad to know you also like Darrell's teachings and paintings, he is very clear in his explanations, he explains everything in detail. I'm looking forward to see your projects! :hug:
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artweak Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Thanks for the encouragement and that watch! :)
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
You're welcome! :D
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This work has been featured in
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Hi! Thank you!! :hug:
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Awanina Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
it's wonderfull!!
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Hi! Thank you!! :hug:
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:iconcasswalker:
CassWalker Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
i really like this. it seems so peaceful :hug:
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Hi! Thank you!! :hug:
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OhMaeGosh Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So lovely! It's relaxing to my eyes :D
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Hi! Thank you!! :hug:
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klinone Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nice one! that's rly cool my friend ;)
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Hi! Thank you!! :hug:
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KaiJoy2 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful, i love the way you arranged the branches into a circular shape, it makes the piece interesting and catches the eye.
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Hi! Thank you!! :hug:
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:iconfezcow:
FezCow Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful. It looks so realistic. :)
You're very talented.
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