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rita katrina N the cedar tree by Deborah-Valentine rita katrina N the cedar tree by Deborah-Valentine
this is a photocopy of the original gift i gave to the shamanistic healer in the shelter where i was living.
When i gave Laura my gift many people began to get emotional, some cried, many peoiple made photocopies of photocopies of photocopies. i heard people say they say it pinned up in ERV trucks in gulfport. it has become the image of the experience we all shared in helping the disadvantaged. people have emailed me that they are getting tattooed with the image as well. i had no expectations of anything when i gave her the drawing. i guess anything is possible. it is by far not my best work, however it might be my most loved and most viewed.

[link] <--- a link to the article on the front page of the Brookhaven Daily Leader
[link] <----- the people in Mississippi making T-Shirts.
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:iconladyoftheflies:
ladyoftheflies Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
I love it!
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank You, it was a very hard time, and the people there suffered immeasurably due to george bush's inability to act.
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ladyoftheflies Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
I found your drawing by chance and came back to see it on the next day. It's a rarity to encounter a gallery without all those "empty" works, which DA has recently become full of! Congratulations!
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i think it is about empty people. ...also i think the site should be divided from under 18 and over 18. it would be much easier to weed through everything.
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:iconladyoftheflies:
ladyoftheflies Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
..with an IQ test to progress to the 18+ section :D
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
great idea
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:iconladyoftheflies:
ladyoftheflies Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
:)
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
:).....very moving story....and...your "simple" works are still extraordinary.......Very poignant.
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desdinovaraj Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mindblowin!
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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desdinovaraj Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome
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kayceeus Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This must have been made before I started watching you because I know I'd remember it! Wow it's such a fantastic piece I can understand why people cried when you gave it to her, it's quite emotional.
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Kaycee
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, this piece has made a real impact!:omg:
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
It has and there are many more people out there who still have this image somewhere!
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006   Traditional Artist
Extremely beautiful and expressive. The structure and style are stunning. Lovely shading and fine use of space in the drawing.
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
it caused quite a stir in mississippi. i drew it for a healer when i was working with the red cross. hundreds of copies were made. i met people who cried and thanked me for the symbol that had gotten them through some hard times.
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006   Traditional Artist
That's a wonderful, moving story. Thanks for sharing that.
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kara-balerin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006
harika : )
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SR7884 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005
Wow....such twisted imagination....great drawing....you seem to have your own style....well done....
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
i would hope everyone would have their own style!
thank you for the kind words!
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SR7884 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2005
I will be submitting some drawings soon....

have you seen my deviations yet? The poems....
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:iconblondeyetti:
Blondeyetti Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2005
It's a beautiful and soulful picture and it deserves the attention! I'm in awe. You're a wonderful artist.
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so very much for saying so. it was a very difficult and wonderful experience working with the red cross.
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Blondeyetti Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005
I admire you for doing such worthy work.
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! i hope most of my work is worthy!
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:iconblondeyetti:
Blondeyetti Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005
I meant work as in charity work for the red cross, but it works for artwork too :D
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: uh oh....oops! yes. it was actualy quite rewarding but hard and emotionaly draining.
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Blondeyetti Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
i can imagine!
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yakiroba Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2005
how wonderful to touch so many people! beautifully drawn as well, btw! ;) glad you're back safe! :hug:
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
[link] even now it is being spread!
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strohat Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
yeah, you pretty much ROCK!
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: awwww thanks!
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Thelma1 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2005
It is a brilliant piece of work :+fav:
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much! I just got my T-Shirt in the maIL!
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Thelma1 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
Wow, that's fantastic, and you are truly welcome :D Thelma.
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dholms Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
man. this is absolutely amazing. i love the way it looks almost like an evolution of images,...one
segueing into the next. also like the almost unfinished look of it as well. what a beautiful gift to
give someone!
have to check out these links as well.
well done!
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much! it has meant alot to so many people down there!
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imnotdan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2005
wow...
that's kinda scary.
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
i dig the the raccoons!
and thanks!
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GraceWillard Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2005
I'm so happy for you. It's a wonderful thing to use your artwork to help others, and I'm glad you've had this wonderful experience. In the future I hope everyone who sees this piece and hears your story will remember art isn't just about making pretty pictures, art has power. The power to heal, uplift, and inspire.
Congratulations, I'm proud of you <3 !!!
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
that is in itself inspiring, the comment you have made. and thank you, you are very kind!
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GraceWillard Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2005
No problem!! Keep being awesome so I can keep making comments OK?
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Brillliant wok Deb, truly a heartfelt piece =)
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you Kola! I appreciate and admire you!
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onebadpenny Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! :faint: wow!
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks sweety
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QuestingRaven Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a very strong composition. And very emotional. Glad to see you're getting the attention you deserve.
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
i just wish i could get a show in my own town :(
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QuestingRaven Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
At least you know the work was appreciated :)
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