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Three Thousand Threads of Trouble by yangtianli Three Thousand Threads of Trouble by yangtianli
Have you started wonder what's going on in the painting already?

Well, I don't normally like to explain my paintings, but for this one I guess I kinda have to...XD

The inspiration comes from a Chinese phrase, which is originally from Buddhism - "三千烦恼丝"/"叁仟煩惱絲" - which meaning "three thousand threads of trouble", refering to hair. That's why monks cut off their hair, because they need to seperate themselves from the troubles they have in the human society (excuse me if there's any mistake but that's how I got it anyway.)

I thought, where does trouble come from? It actually doesn't come from anywhere else other than our own mind. If we could cut it off, it could just be gone - but it's ourselves who decide to keep them in, we made a nest for them because there's something related to the trouble that we simply can't give up.

Just like her hair, it's keeping all the trouble, they scream at her head all the time, but she just can't give up her hair - even though it troubled her so much that her hair have all turned white.

No pain no gain I guess. :) Oh and baby birds are SO CREEPY that I thought they are perfect acting as "trouble" :P and baby themselves too....XD what's more troublesome than a baby? seriously? XD

Anyway, hope you enjoy the painting! :)

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Given 2012-10-04
Your work is an incredible hybrid between the eccentricity of Dali and the vivid realism of Max Ernst. It is pure and untainted. It's simplicity is matched by it's vivacity. The image screams quietly, diligently.
I could try to nit pick about addition of elements or altering a feature or shade but what justice would that do to your fine work.
It could be a Masterpiece of Modern Surrealist Art echoing part of a new Renaissance. That was the strength of the art form. It's ability to push our boundaries of comprehension thus leaving an indelible mark in the viewer/observer.
The ability to speak without using words or symbols like the image above. How can a viewer not feel the emotions of your subject. Her eyes reveal only pain and loss. You've done a brilliant job in transmitting her emotions and feeling of angst.
You are a talent with gifts that may yet awe the world. Bravo!.
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Critique by G-Sketch Jan 16, 2013, 8:14:29 PM
I really love this. Personally I would love to hang this in a place where I could see it every day. The inspiration is great and I love the interpretation you did. Just looking at the vision and idea you had for this makes this great.

Looking at technical skill this piece is very beautiful. Your choice of color is wonderful and works well as a unit. Her facial expression give the viewer a sense of curiosity and ambiguity. Her eyes are simple yet they leave an impact. The way you did the hair is, in my personal opinion, impressive and, well, pretty.

Overall this is a wonderful work of art.
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Litwick-Kindly Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
I don't usually favorite anything since I am only half a presence on this site but your work is truly remarkable, consider me thoroughly impressed.
yangtianli Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, that is such a wonderful comment and very much appreciated!
Beholdentolove Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant work!  I love your explaination and meaning behind your concept. :clap:
Fiolee4ever136 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
que bonita
KPeters626 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
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yangtianli Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much for all the features! you are too kind!!!
Sorelliena Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Digital Artist
I'm proud to say that I knew that saying and I got everything about trouble except for the birds. YAY.

this is so beautiful. I love your painting style and even the way the creepy baby birds are painted. there's a lot of psychology when it comes to portrayals head and it's really awesome to see you use it so effectively, with cultural connotations too. <3
yangtianli Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha, I'm proud that you did get almost everything! :D thanks for that!

thanks a lot for such a nice comment and glad you enjoyed the painting!! :love: :hug:
latyll Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
I remembered this ;w; :heart:
yangtianli Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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