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Canterstadt progress
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Published: June 5, 2013
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Work-in-progress. Alllmooossst finished.

This painting was originally a school project--a study of Albert Bierstadt's piece, "Sunrise on the Matterhorn". It was a painting I did winter quarter, and I stopped working on it soon after the quarter ended. When I went to NYC with my classmates I saw the real painting at the Metropolitan Museum and was inspired to finish my study--but with some pony improvements.

It's not quite finished, but it will be by the end of the week. Just needs those last finishing touches... Some work on the trees and the atmosphere. Then it will be varnished and slipped into an elegant frame--look for it at Everfree Northwest! :heart:

Oil on panel.
16" x 20" (40.6cm x 50.8cm)
Image size
1000x982px 524.02 KB
Shutter Speed
10/300 second
Focal Length
5 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jun 5, 2013, 2:47:51 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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Comments (44)
superpony05's avatar
its Canterlot
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BeastyxLightning's avatar
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assassinsrul3's avatar
*lets out a strangled gasp of breath as he is crushed to death by a tsunami of pure awesomeness*
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DaDiscord's avatar
You're an artist!
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fatalerror328's avatar
fatalerror328|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well. shit.
If you will somehow make it available as a print later, I will be delighted to buy that.
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Template93's avatar
Template93|Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, that awesome as hell! looks really really good!
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temporos|Hobbyist Writer
If I had the money to do so, I'd attend Everfree Northwest just to see this.
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smallZ4love's avatar
smallZ4love|Student Digital Artist
is there anyway we could also get a close up of the trees and the valley below?
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Pikatina|Student General Artist
:iconshockedplz: i.....i..i never knew oil paint could make photos
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limbairedhiel's avatar
Absolutely beautiful. The lighting in the clouds is the most amazing and awesome thing to me. Wonderful glow and warmth. Makes me really wish this beautiful place existed ponies or no (although magical talking ponies would be a definite plus). :)
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CosmicUnicorn's avatar
Thank you for your kind words.

And this place does exist: [link]
No pony castle though.
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g-master-artist|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hoho, i envy your painting skillz
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Aturo's avatar
Aturo|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice... ^^

but Canterstadt.. is this the dutch Name for Canterlot? :)
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Jejejoja|Student Traditional Artist
"This painting was originally a school project--a study of Albert Bierstadt's piece, "Sunrise on the Matterhorn"."

So, 'Canterstadt' is probably a cross between 'Canterlot' and the name of the artist who painted the original version, 'Bierstadt' ;P
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Aturo|Hobbyist Digital Artist
aw.. you dont say :D

in that case i would have called it Bierterlot ^^
anyway i like it :)
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CosmicUnicorn's avatar
It's wordplay. The original artist's name is Bierstadt.
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chachonimrod's avatar
If I can just... see this up close at EFNW... I will be happy. It's beautiful.
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doddythechef's avatar
that is fantastic art
what do you plan on doing with it once you have finished your studies
I would suggest holding an auction for it!
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CosmicUnicorn's avatar
It is being donated to the charity auction at Everfree Northwest. :heart:
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Demao's avatar
That is some great looking subtle pony you have there.
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Lorntak's avatar
I trust you'll be uploading the finished product to DA for those of us who won't be lucky enough to see it at Everfree Northwest? :(
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MalinaIthil|Professional Interface Designer
It's gorgoous :clap: and the pony castle is a perfect addition :D
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Yalcahoon's avatar
Wow... awe for this since it's pretty awesome (even in WiP state). Can't wait to see it complete!
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