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Arcanum by kellymckernan Arcanum by kellymckernan
"Arcanum" / 12" x 16" / Watercolor

Inspired by the Nancy Drew novel, "The Whispering Statue."

Created for "Young Adult" at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles, California. The show is co-curated by, comprising Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi, and Molly McAleer. Opens February 2nd.
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MrZeroSpoon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Intimate and mystical.
Tomolan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Very nice.
Avalaa Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This lovely piece has been feature din my journal here : [link]
Avalaa Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely textures, I like how the the colours are quite muted apart from the hair and lips of the girl on the right.
MorticiaTheCat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous. I love how the piece has a sort of marble look to it; very cool. Great job! :)
TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Love the way you color the hair band and hair on Nancy Drew.
bluedevilsinger Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I actually thought this was for your show yet to come when I first saw it on Instagram. It goes with what you were talking to me about, but I see the Nancy Drew theme once you mentioned it (confession: I never read Nancy Drew. I read one book and I didn't like it!) Maybe if you flipped a few things have an idea for your show? A more literal piece, but it would be a great piece.

I love how it seems the statue seems to be whispering some secret to the girl though. That's what made me originally think of it belonging to your solo show.
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, I could see that! I technically can't share any of my finished work for my solo show until it's actually up, so anything I share that's a full finished piece is for something else. :)
bluedevilsinger Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I know, I'm just sayin'. That was where my brain was trailing. If you flipped the marble statue for a young girl and the young one for someone representing becomes awfully close to your idea. Change the expressions a bit, maybe make the background a more somber color gradient like a grayed out purple (blue? yellow? I don't know.) That would make a killer piece. It would be more literal, but I think as an artist you need more abstract and more literal pieces in your show.
Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! Little details I love: the way their outlines merge, the cubes in the background texture, the lines of white in the highlighting.
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