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Romanian Folk Dancer by Starlace Romanian Folk Dancer by Starlace
This is the first portrait I've painted from photograph (which I found, as per usual, in an old Nat Geo magazine.) To be honest I'm happy with it as a painting but it's probably one of my worse portraits. Oh well, c'est la vie.

acrylics on canvas, waaaay too many hours. Like twenty.

2011 by Starlace
My work may not be copied, reproduced, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my written and expressed permission.
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karinaKMJ Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
I have to make an advertisment for my poetics class on university. Can I use this picture? :)
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Starlace Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
Sure, with credit of course. I sent you a note!
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ARTBYTERESA Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
SUPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconstarlace:
Starlace Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks! :heart:
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xenomalous Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Very smooth and clean. Pretty.
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:iconstarlace:
Starlace Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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InaRosdal Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
She's beautiful.
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:iconstarlace:
Starlace Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Yes...I wish I knew more of her story.
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MortuusDiabolus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"...it's probably one of my worse portraits..."
You have to be kidding me! :) That is an awesome picture!
Wish I could be only half as talented and I'd be the happiest person in the world. :D
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Starlace Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011   Traditional Artist
Why thank you ;) I appreciate that. (I only meant it doesn't resemble the original as much as I'd like. But...maybe I'm too hard on myself.)
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:iconzanoob:
zanoob Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful painting :)
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:iconstarlace:
Starlace Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011   Traditional Artist
thanks :D
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great work !
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:iconstarlace:
Starlace Featured By Owner May 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
thanks :D
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:iconcristitrian:
cristitrian Featured By Owner May 22, 2011   Traditional Artist
Foarte bine surprins !
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iridah Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work
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:iconstarlace:
Starlace Featured By Owner May 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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iridah Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome
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davepuls Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:star: Featured :star: in this month's news features for the :iconwelovetraditionalart: group: [link]
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Starlace Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you so much!
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davepuls Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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andyofm Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Think you maybe too hard on yourself. The image is enchanting and full of mystery. There is a world of stories in her eyes. Thanks for sharing it.
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Starlace Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
Well, thank you! What I meant was compared to the picture there are several things wrong, but I'm glad you like it so much and see so much in it.
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Nitacooo Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
loverly
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:iconstarlace:
Starlace Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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joejoemuh9 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011   General Artist
SO BEAUTIFUL OF A PIECE! WOW
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:iconstarlace:
Starlace Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you! Thanks for adding it to your collection, too.
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ROCKBILDER Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
wonderful!
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:iconstarlace:
Starlace Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you very much, and thanks for the :+fav:
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ROCKBILDER Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
your painting is so much inspiration, thank you!
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Starlace Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
I'm glad.
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whendt Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student General Artist
great painting!
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:iconstarlace:
Starlace Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks! and thanks for faving :D
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whendt Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student General Artist
your very welcome
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adamrking Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
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athoa-adelfi Featured By Owner May 1, 2011   Photographer
I do not know if I should say this. Because I do not wish in any way to detract from your work. I cannot see her whole dress and so I am not sure, but she appears to be adorned in the folk dress of women in my Country, I think this is a dress from Patmos or Skyros. When I was living there I was part of the Church Dance troupe. We wore dresses that were of the style from my home, of Roumlouki Macedonia, I am actually from Thessaloniki, but here is a link if you are interested in looking.

[link]

but anyway I am so homesick now. (do not feel bad everything makes me homesick). I have some photos of myself in the dresses. Maybe sometime I can email them to you as I am too scared to put up here.

Gosh you are so talented. Truly you are. And this makes me so happy. Truly. If it is OK, I am going to show the women in my Church. They will love this. (My luck this is not even a Greek girl. And she is from eastern Europe instead, but it would not matter I still think its wonderful)
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I know this is an old comment, but I felt like answering anyway. I'm Romanian myself, and I can assure you her costume really is Romanian. People from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe share a lot of cultural similarities, especially when it comes to food and folk dresses. Sure, we still have different identities; looking at the costume on the website you linked to, and I can say for sure it's not Romanian, despite some similarities. For instance, we don't have those large golden pieces of jewelry (some Romanian costumes do have the coin strings, but usually around the neck, never on the head).

Well, I hope this helped! I really like learning about the countries in this area, because we're all similar yet different, too.
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athoa-adelfi Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much. It is so neat to know more truly. It reminded me so much of home is all. But I have lived away for a long time. But you are right it is so fun to know about the differences, and also the similarities. Bright blessings 8-)
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Starlace Featured By Owner May 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
This doesn't detract from my work, how could it? Thank you so much for your lovely words!
I'm sorry it made you homesick (again). I'm not as homesick as you are but I miss the places I have lived. I guess homesickness is just part of life. And it's better than having nowhere worth missing, right?
Anyway I am sorry to say that she is Romanian, not Greek, but feel free to show it to anybody you like. :) And if you would ever like to send me those pictures, I would love to see them. The dress in the link is beautiful!
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athoa-adelfi Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Photographer
Oh well. I feared I would get her country of origin incorrect. Many of the republics to the north of Greece have very similar folk dress. But it still makes me yearn for home.
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periwinklepaints Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
beautiful!!!! You do such good portraits!!!
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Starlace Featured By Owner May 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you :D
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LoVeras Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good work, especially with the shading and the different tones on the face. (:
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Starlace Featured By Owner May 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad to hear you say that, I went through hell to get those shades right... :P
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LoVeras Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. (:
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