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- Secret Garden - Commission

She'll lead you down a path
There'll be tenderness in the air
She'll let you come just far enough
So you know she's really there
She'll look at you and smile
And her eyes will say
She's got a secret garden
Where everything you want
Where everything you need
Will always stay
A million miles away

Secret Garden - Bruce Springsteen

I got just a few directions before I started painting this one.
The main goal was to portray the feeling she had while listening to two songs.
(quite the challenge I might add)
The songs being: Secret Garden (duh), and Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol (sweeeeeeeeeeet)

I really wanted to take on this challenge and also do some things I've never really done before.

One of them being painting a detailed background, but I've done that before... so not really new... just..
Something I hardly ever do..

PAINT A BIRD!!! .......yaaaaaaaaay!!

I used millions of references of just about any bird I could find, but narrowing it down it a mix between

- A Chickadee
- A Parakeet (budgie)
- A Dove
- My imagination

Blend that all together and you get a.. : Chickarakeedove??!?!?!

never mind......... :rofl:

I kept on changing little things and colors about every hour.
Couldn't get it to a satisfactory level!!
And then..... the last bit just came...

Thank the heavens for inspiration!!!!!!!! :D


Photoshop & tablet; I didn't really keep time, but I think it was between 50-60 hours....
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Bitrelie's avatar
This is so beautiful! Awesome job :D
Karolina888's avatar
I love that bird!
profutur1971's avatar
Belle image ! Bon travail ! Félicitations !
CrystalMK12711's avatar
Love this...Definitely a favorite of mine!!!!
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Vaichi10's avatar
Chasing Cars!

Pretty, pretty picture. *_*
Anathematixs's avatar
I still love that song!!!! :heart:

And thank you!
oO-Monkey-Oo's avatar
Absolutely gorgeous!
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Anathematixs's avatar
Once again, thank you so much for all your lovely and wonderful comments :hug:
WingiLDesigns's avatar
like this...wish i could have a baby phoenix bird like that...keep up the awesome work :)
Anathematixs's avatar
Thank you so much! I wouldn't mind one either :D
Though I have 2 cats and it might not live long...
Then again.. if it's a phoenix, it would just be reborn again.... WHOOT! xD
WingiLDesigns's avatar
yeah i am so much like the phoenix...i actually added the print for this to my wishlist and when i have the money to spare i am so getting it...hehe and my cat would be attacking it too if i had one but i think the phoenix will prove to be stronger than she so most likely she will not bother it after awhile hehe
Nebelelfe-Art's avatar
Wow ! Great! ! Very beautiful work! Fantastic! I like it very much!
Anathematixs's avatar
Thank you so much!!! :hug:
I am really glad you like it
ValeriyaPaine's avatar
The bird is magic! Beautiful work!
Anathematixs's avatar
Thank you so much! :hug:
TheBrokenUnknownGirl's avatar
your work is beyond brilliant. The coloration and texture is mind blowing.
LadyKeisha's avatar
Wonderful work! :)
d-dubz-designs's avatar
A Chickadee
- A Parakeet (budgie)
- A Dove
- My imagination

Blend that all together and you get a.. : Chickarakeedove??!?!?!

:L fookin legend :) looooooooooooooool
monaimee14's avatar
wow! very beautiful! but her lips looks a little off cause of the light but oh well ^^ nice job!! i absolutely love it!! ^^
Anathematixs's avatar
You are the first one to notice that. Hehehe
I thought the exact same thing, but anything I tried to improve it, just made it look worse.

You know when you reach that point where you've worked on it for so long and no matter what you do, it doesn't work anymore?
That's the point I reached with those lips.
I saw that they were wrong, but I just couldn't improve them.
Looking at it now, I do see what it needs, but it's finished.
Maybe I will revise it someday... =)
Thanks for the compliment and the honest comment :hug:
monaimee14's avatar
hmm yea ok...but still its so beautiful!! ^^
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