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EDIT: Thank you so much to all the people who have commented, faved and watched. I'm just overwhelmed by the response to this; I love hearing everybody's individual reactions and their own ideas, I read every comment.

For those that requested a print, it is now available here: [link]

For the community choice award, the daily deviation and your generosity, thank you. You guys are amazing. :) Keep drawing!

Nov 2009: I updated this with my signature and watermark.

For me good and evil are more matters of perception than of external contrasting elements.

The kelpie is a malicious creature that preys on the innocent and trusting. On touching a kelpie, disguised as a horse with a mane of reeds, you are bound to it and dragged underwater to drown.
But what if death was not so bad?
Maybe the kelpie regrets, maybe the girl forgives.

Life, I think, is a spectrum of subtleties rather than strict categorisations.

But maybe I do have obscure intepretations.

Kelpies are one of my favourite mythological creatures. I'd like to think that maybe the victims of kelpies are reborn as swans. Swans have this sense of guardians about them to me.

This painting is full of unfamiliar elements for me but that's what makes art exciting. If I'd had more time I would have spent longer with some references and sketching things out. Any critique is welcome though, I'm out of my depth here and because of that I particularly welcome advice. =D

I usually don't post new art before I reply to comments on other paintings, but I wanted to get this in a few days before the deadline. I haven't forgotten you wonderful people.

Time: I'm really not sure, 15hours or so.
Tools: Photoshop, Wacom Intuos 3 tablet
Music: Nothing in particular, a fair bit of Vangelis though.

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Given 2009-07-28
Forgiveness by *cryslara. ( Featured by archanN )
It took at least half an hour for me to pick my jaw up of the floor and pop my eyes back in their sockets after i caught a glimpse of this image and now that I've taken the time to study the detail and admire the complexity of the light... I am completely in love with the imagery here. There is a sense of falling until your eyes rest on the uplifted hand and immediately the viewers gaze is swept upwards along the swans wings so that we can fall all over again. The colours are so well balanced, as is the dark and light, the sharp and soft textures...truly a magical work of art.
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62 out of 62 deviants thought this was fair.



If you want my truthful opinion, this just became one of my all time favorite deviations here on DA. The idea you portrayed is so simply, yet the details are so complex and intriguing that this piece refuses to allow me to take my eyes from it. The composition is flawless. The Swan seems to cradle everything perfectly, while the flowers below indicate a subtle sense of surrounding and harmony. With color; the 'swan' aspect is full of warm tones, which immediately invite me to view the contrasting side: the cool colors, or the other half of the painting. The kelpie and the water above are ominous and foreboding when compared to the previous side. Everything seems to fade into nothing, and if I stare long enough, I indeed get a slight sensation of drowning. The girl's aqua dress is so beautiful, and it puts the kelpie in such a position to give a sense of its intent, yet it's transformed into a single flowing motion. But, the malice of the beast seems to evaporate when your eyes are brought to the flower, and then the kelpie's face, and to the swan's. There, I see an apparent understanding between them that makes me smile. I'm glad the girl's face is hidden, because it takes away the question of who she is or why she's here. It is simply a girl, and one may interpret the meaning of the piece while at ease, rather than bode on her identity.

All in all, this piece is absolutely brilliant, and certainly deserves to be recognized to the fullest extent. :clap: No exaggerations.
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Joshthemermaid Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017
I bought this print in the largest size and had it stashed away for two years before I finally had to just hang it on my wall without a frame because I've never been able to afford one for it. It's so beautiful and really gives me a spot to reflect in my home. Thank you for making something that reaches so deep into so many of our spirits and hearts, I'll be forever grateful.
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
KushinaUsagi Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
SillySortaWonderful Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely adore this artwork and your interpretation of the kelpie myth. Would you mind if I use a similar concept? There are myths about swans being the spirits of young women but I never saw anyone else show them as the victims of kelpie so I want to make sure that wouldn't be a problem. 
Justabe1020 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
youre so talented. this is the most amazing thing ever
moonmystery Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so beautifully intruiging... I spent `10 minutes looking at this picture.
alaksandra Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Elegant and gorgeous.

(However, I am not fond of swans.  They are vicious creatures.)
chiccazerneri Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Woaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! This is really amazing! I love it!Llama Emoji-05 (Flower Sparkles) [V1]  
bertc Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Just-Plain-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Very interesting peace of art. ;)
yurionna Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your use of illumination in this piece is simply breathtaking :wow:
Nexu4 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
stunning work :clap:
Esveeka Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013   Digital Artist
Featured here! Keep up the good work. ♥
hallosse Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student General Artist
...And there were flowers at the ocean's bottom. Beautiful.
babbayanna Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
This is beautiful,
I mean heart-breakingly pretty, its so well done that it looks like this actually happened and the sad part is that it never did.
Its just lovely!!!
Racingunicorn653 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
so are saying that the swan/human in the picture was a victim and the kelpie feels guilt
Hawkieface Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:heart: you are plain amazing
FlorenciaAtria Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is so beautiful! The composition, the light, everything!
sockstealingnome Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Saw your painting listed here. Thought you should know. [link]
CrystalGreene Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
very nice
VampireFoxHL Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's beautiful. The concept, the art itself. Wow...
Calitha-Lena Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You´re featured here [link] :hug:
automnal-glimpse Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, such poetry... This looks amazing !
living-in-a-garden Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Wonderful piece of art.
secondhandben Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Faeolan-Equus Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I love your vision of kelpies. It's very imaginative.
HellzFallenAngell Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012 so overwhelmed i dunno wat to say......
Chlorophylltheleaf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist's really.....really....make me sad...:(
But,it's really beautiful...:)
Rocket2SE Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Artist
This is so beautiful!
stalker-of-elves Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply Amazing.
Pandor17 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Artist
This is gorgeous!!!
sparky3637839j Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Did you make this?
SamsBee Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
chocokittymonster Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
This is beautiful.
Maaronn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The composition is so well planned. Amazing colours as well : ))
Great job!
keleosNoOnna Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
MLwhitcomb Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Writer
ButterflyFish Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
grafffite Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Artist
It's so pretty :)
Dragongirl1026 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply stunning <3
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