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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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Joshthemermaid's avatar
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.
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RebellingLemming|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Justabe1020|Hobbyist Artist
youre so talented. this is the most amazing thing ever
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moonmystery|Hobbyist General Artist
this is so beautifully intruiging... I spent `10 minutes looking at this picture.
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alaksandra|Hobbyist General Artist
Elegant and gorgeous.

(However, I am not fond of swans.  They are vicious creatures.)
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Woaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! This is really amazing! I love it!Llama Emoji-05 (Flower Sparkles) [V1]  
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Very interesting peace of art. ;)
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yurionna|Hobbyist General Artist
Your use of illumination in this piece is simply breathtaking :wow:
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Nexu4|Hobbyist Photographer
stunning work :clap:
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Esveeka| Digital Artist
Featured here! Keep up the good work. ♥
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hallosse|Student General Artist
...And there were flowers at the ocean's bottom. Beautiful.
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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!!!
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so are saying that the swan/human in the picture was a victim and the kelpie feels guilt
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Hawkieface|Hobbyist Writer
:heart: you are plain amazing
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FlorenciaAtria|Student Filmographer
This is so beautiful! The composition, the light, everything!
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Saw your painting listed here. Thought you should know. [link]
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CrystalGreene|Professional Digital Artist
very nice
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VampireFoxHL|Hobbyist General Artist
That's beautiful. The concept, the art itself. Wow...
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Calitha-Lena|Hobbyist General Artist
You´re featured here [link] :hug:
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automnal-glimpse|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, such poetry... This looks amazing !
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Wonderful piece of art.
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