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Suzanne was modelled by artist Madeleine Gusdal

Listen to the Leonard Cohen song "Suzanne" sung by Neil Diamond [link]

Watercolour pencils

Oh thank you big time :icongwendolyn12: and :iconsphilr: for turning this pic into a much appreciated DD....I am so wonderfully surprised and grateful :wow: :love:
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Given 2010-02-18
With a little help from Leonard Cohen's classic lyrics, artist *somersetholmes conjures Suzanne - lady of the harbour, a stunningly vivid take on the subject of mermaids. ( Suggested by VelCake and Featured by SRaffa )
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A-Falcon-Velazquez Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Your creativity, style and skills are inspiring. You're such a wonderful artist.
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Thank you, Abraham, very much appreciated my friend :handshake:
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Cathyd1969 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
incredible x
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JeremyOsborne Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That is really beautiful, well done, love the water!
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Veiz Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing gallery you have!:worship:
Just out of curiosity, about how many hours do you put in a drawing? :work:
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Ah well now that's a question not easily answered Brian, simply because I have a weird system where by I work on many different drawings at the same time, it's an inspiration thing with me and stops me losing interest...I've probably got the attention span of a small bug you see :rofl: although at a rough guess maybe 30 hours sounds about right to complete one drawing!...Oh just been checking out your gallery too WOW! your work is truly outstanding, it's a real honour to meet you my friend :salute:
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Veiz Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The honor is all mine, my friend! And it sounds just like me. Usually I have 2-3 different drawings to jump between.:iconblakelord:
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:iconsomersetholmes:
somersetholmes Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Yeah I think you need a variety of pieces to jump between working with pencils or else the tedium sets in pretty quick doing such detailed work ;)
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Kesamoviche Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Congrats on the DD, but I found this effort to be, well something from art class. Sorry m8.
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
That's okay, Kes, I appreciate your honesty here, none of my work is flawless but I keep trying :) thank you my friend
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Kesamoviche Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
I think that much of your other work is quite good, just not this one. Sorry it came across like it did. In rereading it, I was way too harsh.
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VelCake Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:la::la::la: congraaaaaats on the DD!!!:iconiloveyouplz::iconlovelaplz::iconawwloveplz:
That's a really wonderful piece,i'll tell ya<333
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Thank you so much, Ellen, much appreciated :hug:
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VelCake Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome,dear:hug:
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HarlequinRaven Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
The vast majority of it is stunning, but her face looks off. It looks like it is on slightly different planes... I think her eyes are what is causing it, as they seem to be looking at two different things. And the mouth seems just the teeniest bit off of the plane of the rest of the face.

The hair and the tail detail are amazing, though!
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Thank you for your input although I disagree with your critic, as well as being a fantasy image it is also a portrait of a real person and the likeness is pretty much spot on...beauty was my aim here not flawless perfection :heart:
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LovittGirl Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
yay!! Congrats! :tighthug:
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Thank you, Rachel, I'm still quite gobsmacked by this :wow: :love:
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blindvoyeur Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Brilliant image.
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:iconsomersetholmes:
somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Thank you so much my friend :)
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blindvoyeur Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
It's wonderfull. I'd like to see her with teal eyes.
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MermaidDreem Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your mermaid! You have great skill.Mermaids are one of my fave subjects!
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Nice to know you like Mermaids, Lynda, even better knowing you like my version too, thank you :heart:
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MermaidDreem Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome!
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Spongefifi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's absolutely stunning. Congrats on the DD, very well deserved!
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Thank you so much, glad you like :heart:
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unmerwe Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely..she glows with happiness! Congrats on the DD!
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:iconsomersetholmes:
somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
That indeed was my aim, thank you so much :heart:
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:iconunmerwe:
unmerwe Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure!:)
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:iconskeletonbunny:
SkeletonBunny Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student General Artist
she looks like olivia newton-john!!!!
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:iconsomersetholmes:
somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Yeah I can kinda see that she does resemble her a bit, thank you :)
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SkeletonBunny Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Student General Artist
it is a lovely painting :D
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gallantmon8 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
She looks so sexy! :3
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Thank you, I agree ;)
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gallantmon8 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
I can see why you'd agree with me on that :3
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HammerOfThorr Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW..

Awesome work! Great craftsmanship, and what a gorgeous model!
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Thank you so much, glad you like :)
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SamBlob Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Suzanne was written and published as a poem by Leonard Cohen, after which he set it to music and sang it. Neil Diamond covered it.

I first heard the Neil Diamond version too.

Our Lady of the Harbour, or Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, is a cathedral in Montreal, Cohen's home town. Presumably, one could see it from Suzanne's place by the river.
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Thank you my friend, yeah knowing this I really should have stated it and credited Leonard Cohen as the author of the song..although I have to say I prefer Neil Diamonds vocals.
Any way I have amended my description to reflect this, thanks again also for the interesting info on the origins of the piece :)
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Connarhea Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Great piece, very elegant. The detail on the water round the rock is unbelievably good :)
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Thank you so much, Connar, much appreciated :)
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Connarhea Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
You're more than welcome :)
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Crustech Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
there's two mermaids or does her tail twists too much?
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Yeah is more a long eel-like shape rather than a rigid fish tail...nice to be a bit different I think :)
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Crustech Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe, nice way to put it, long eel-like tail :)
good work
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Wildphoenix22 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Pencils? :faint: WOw, incredible work. The water and tail are absolutely stunning!
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Much appreciated, thank you :heart:
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bambootiger Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
I wish I could do that with watercolor pencils.
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Haaaaaaa you are pretty much hitting the spot with your superb work, Charles :)
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bambootiger Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Thank you.
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