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Sunrise in Equestria

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By CosmicUnicorn   |   Watch
Published: June 10, 2013
© 2013 - 2019 CosmicUnicorn
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 (my third master study attempt), 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.

Oil on panel.
16" x 20" (40.6cm x 50.8cm)

This painting is being donated to the Everfree Northwest charity auction.
Image size
900x1120px 1.25 MB
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TrottingPerytonHobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally worth getting up early for.La la la la 
Torvusil's avatar
Interesting use of the more desaturated colors.
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BejeweledApplesHobbyist Writer
The way you draw mountains is astounding.
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Barnstormer1126Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is seriously something I feel like I'd find in a Tolkien artbook.  Superb work, keep it up ^_^
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That's fantastic. What a beautiful view of canterlot
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Due, thats reallly beautifull.
Do you maybe have higher resolution copy?
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MoguryuuHobbyist General Artist
there needs to be more pieces out there based on the locations. There's just so much beauty in Equestria, ya know?

This is such a wonderful painting, though. If anyone is able to bridge the gap between ponies and fine art, its you.
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NoneStarHobbyist Traditional Artist
Lies! you just touched up the painting in Photoshop and added a castle! You can't possibly be this epic xD
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Crimson-ShieldHobbyist Digital Artist
I'm kinda curious how much this actually ended up selling for. It's an absolutely beautiful painting.
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Was about to post that link, but I see you covered it.  :)

I was at EFNW last year, and watched the whole auction.  The bids crossed $1000 in the first minute, and went up from there quickly.  The guy I was sitting next to was the winning bidder, and he was literally crying tears of joy when the gavel was struck.  I think the rep from the hospital was right behind him too.  I think she was a bit shocked at just how much money was raised in that short amount of time.  :D
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Bernd01Student Digital Artist
It's from November anyway. ;P

I was actually that guy next to you by the way. And yeah I got a bit emotional... It meant a lot to me to win. Cosmic's work had a lot of sentimental value to me. I had no idea the Rep was sitting behind me though. Nice to meet you though. :D
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Wow, what a small world indeed!  I know this is a long way back, but congratulations again on nabbing that item!  I had the feeling that the painting held a lot of personal value for you, so my wife and I were very happy to see you emerge victorious.  :)

Will you be attending EFNW again this year?  If so, perhaps we'll cross paths again!  :)

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Bernd01Student Digital Artist
Heh, thank you.

I will be! I wouldn't miss it. And maybe we will. Only difference is I'll have short hair this time. ;P
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Davey-the-6th-moonStudent Writer
Very serene, very lovely! This is an amazing work!
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MasterTrevorHobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
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III LOVE IT!!!!  :iconpinkiepieplz:
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It's really refreshing to see traditional art on this site, especially when it's related to MLP! Awesome work! :)
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Paladin-DrakkenwolfProfessional General Artist
I asked the staff that ran the art room at Everfree if they could shut the blinds cause it was causing some glare, then i could get a better view of this masterpiece.
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bnsfcamStudent Digital Artist
My favorite piece of art at the Everfree NW 2013 art gallery.
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AlienGuardianHobbyist General Artist
This is seriously one of the most incredible fanworks I've seen from this fandom!
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