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One in a series of intimate and psychological nude portraits.

[DISCLAIMER: A lot of people have commented on how the model is "masturbating" in this painting. Stop for one moment and question why it is that a hand placed near or on the crotch area automatically denotes masturbation. In actuality the model was covering herself up because she did not wish to flash her vagina to the entire world. It was an act of modesty. Quite the opposite from the fantasy many people have created on their own. Ever hear the phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words?" There is always more to an image than what is seemingly going on at first glance. My work is squarely footed in this idea. If any of my images offends or seems to break any of your social or moral values you can either choose to move on or take a moment to think and understand what is really going on both in my work and in your head.]

UPDATE: A Note on Medium
- The painting is watercolor and gouache on Arches 260 lbs. cold-press watercolor paper.
- The painting is entirely rendered in watercolor with the gouache being used for the graffiti on the left side wall and small details on the window just above the girl.
- It measures 40 x 26 inches.
- I did not use any type masking or frisket for the painting.
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Given 2010-07-20
Amidst the colourful and remarkably illustrated nest of chaos, there lies a labyrinth of information, each item revealing a story and lending further richness to this cozy and very personal domain... while a peaceful disposition rests at the heart of it all. Untitled - Marley is one of ~cobotenuss's latest and greatest. Please enjoy. (Suggested by =ArtisnotanAccident, `oilsoaked and *alicexz) ( Featured by snowmask )
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ruhney71 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016
When saw this at first I was mesmerized by the scene. All the detail and how the light is working its way into the room and on the model. Then I read your caption and understood it is a painting... wow! Looking longer and longer I see more clearly, but I'm blown away by the this one! Excellent!
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otaku3d Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
The amazing thing is: The original White canvas got totally tranformed into very intense light , i almost can feel it warm my skin and burn my eyes , including the first light bounces. A++mazing
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi otaku3d, sorry for taking so long to reply. Thank you so much for your comment. I'm glad that intense, blinding light comes across. I've always been fascinated with light and this piece was a testament to my desire to "get it right."
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Tygahman Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
BEAUTIFUL work.
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reubennegron Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. 
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b-Dedi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Wow !!  So unbelievable good !! It's incredible detail-loving, techniqually unbelievable perfect and comes with a strong effect. I really love it !
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!!! This is one of my personal favorites so hearing how much you love it really makes me smile. 


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b-Dedi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Great that interest or compliments to your work still make you smile :aww:! Unfortunately a lot of the very good/ giftet people become jaded and start to take all the enthusiasm which is given to their stuff as a of course. (Well....there are even guys which are incredible haughty WITHOUT beeing particularly "gifted", aren't they :wink by Gomotes)  Long story short: I appreciate your nice reaction ;)
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha! Well, I suppose that is true but I try to stay humble - art is a personal challenge for me, not something to be taken for granted, so I'm always flatter end when someone takes the time to tell me what they think of the work. I'm also well aware of the flippant and disposable nature of images on the internet so any effort by my audience to react to any of my work is appreciated. 
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b-Dedi Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Yeeeahh...that's the right way Tip Hat Emoticon by Gomotes !! :wink by Gomotes
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IrisRevolver Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
this painting is ridiculously amazing, please tell me that you use references because if you didn't that might just be too much to take. the work is superb, the key to a successful painting is the lighting, get that right and you are golden. i am still working on that.
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, yes, I used reference for sure. Although I might have been able to do it without the reference it might have looked very different had I not. And I 100% agree with you about lighting... It's so incredible important and yet often overlooked. I obsess about the lighting when I compose a painting.
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IrisRevolver Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I need to focus more on designing good lighting, right now I spend too long on composition ie characters, inanimate objects, not realising that lighting is a crucial part of composition. I compliment others on their good work on it but do not utilize it enough to tell a story.

good work man
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Staging your characters and objects is also very important - and don't get yourself down - I took a look at your work and you know what you're doing.
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IrisRevolver Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
thanks for the kind words man, and you keep making those vivid bodacious art pieces.
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Will do.
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blitzARiTz Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
this is a painting?! omg o.O
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It is indeed. A watercolor.
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lazakuraxD Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
¡Que hermoso trabajo! Siento mucha admiración por cada una de sus obras.
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reubennegron Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
¡Muchas gracias! Me alegro de que te gusten mis obras!!!
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lispoart Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
devilish cool! Watercolor...just fantastic!
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Why, thank you kindly! :)
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clvire Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist
I absolutely love your caption lol! I'm glad I stumbled onto your work its so interesting! I wish I could enter your mind, what was the inspiration for this piece? did you design this set by the way? and I really dont understand how you achieved this with watercolor, wonderful!
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you for the kind comment! I did not design any of the settings for this body of work (This House of Glass). I interviewed people who volunteered to be my models and then painted them in their homes. This is what her room looked like at that time (she has since moved). As far as my motivation - I'm interested in knowing what makes people tick. I like getting into people's psyche and translating my experiences for others to see, empathize with and learn from.
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clvire Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist
painting someone in their home is such an intimate thing, thats such an interesting concept, I've definately learnt from this piece thanks for posting it
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure! I'm glad it could be a source of learning as well as inspiration. Please stay in touch.
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T-equio Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
pitch-perfect.

:+fav:
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, sir.
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ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Artist
I think your comment that she's not masturbating speaks just as many volumes as this image does, though for different reasons...
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh my... I'm sorry I missed your comment. Thank you for your thoughts and yes, I agree. I think it's interesting how one's modesty can be twisted as make this a controversial image. We see what we want to see, not what actually IS. That being said, I'm glad I'm able to raise such questions with my work, even if it's unintended.
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ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Artist
No problem! Yeah, but look at all the stuff Dali shoved into his paintings. People LOVE to read into an image and it just so happens, a lot of the unconscious is perverted.

Every time I post abstracts, someone sees dicks. I do not set out to hide dicks in my abstracts... ;)
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha! Well, dicks do have a habit of "popping up" every now and then... especially at the most inappropriate times! ;)

Have a great weekend.
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ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Artist
Hahaha, you're a card. You too.
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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MystrC Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
The flooring, the bags hanging from the ladder, and the general mood are flawless. Your work is inspiring, and thank you for the process posts. Keep up the great work!
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love getting caught up int he minutia of a person's life. The details are so fun to dissect and capture.
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Awesome work here you sir are godly.
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You do me too much honor.
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kronik1973 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
beyond amazing
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. That was a fun one to paint.
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ShannC Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
really great, i dont find any of your works offensive, they are beautiful and a pleasure to look at
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I appreciate that.
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ElseHarmsen Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
I keep adding your paintings to my favourites! Must.. stop..

Amazing work. The details, the colours, everything. One of the coolest paintings I've ever seen!
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
WHy stop? Keep going - keep going!
lol, seriously though, thank you. I really appreciate it.
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AleatoryR Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just find this amazing. Not just the perfect colours (almost real, for my computer screen...), neither the awesome sense of proportions, but the interesting tematic you are trying to show with this painting... Just magnific, keep going like thi---oh, what I say...xD
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I appreciate your comment. I can't wait to do more like this.... now if i can only find a room like that again (not likely!).
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AleatoryR Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll watch you so I can keep seeing your awesome art *-* Also I'm following you at Twitter, I'm Aleatory2k10 :3
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent! Thanks so much - I'll be on the lookout for you the next time I sign in.
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nomadichomemaker Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
such outstanding work
the light gorgeous and composition so eloquent
bravo!
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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