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Bag End - Shadow of the Past by DonatoArts Bag End - Shadow of the Past by DonatoArts
Bag End - Shadow of the Past
36" x 24"
Oil on Panel

You may have seen pictures of this in progress over the past year, and now the work is finally finished. Begun at the the Illustration Master Class last June as a demonstration in portraiture and lighting, this is yet another of my ventures into the theme of Middle-earth. Gandalf reveals to Frodo that the quiet magic ring he holds is actually The One Ring which will bring shadow and suffering to all of Middle-earth unless it is destroyed.

From the depths of Mordor (represented by the fire place) to the green pastures of the Shire (with Sam's head glimpsed through the window) there is nowhere to hide from the power of the Ring...

Enjoy!
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signal72 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018
One of the most important moments in the first book. Great work.
Gandalf's best skill is his intellect, and you show that here. Not a
heroic moment, so it is especially nice to have you illustrate this.
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Butterflybarna Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018
This is BEAUTIFUL art! You've really brought out this varm and classical feel😃 You are truly talented!
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paintedbrushstudio Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just exquisite. You mentioned something about an online course on another painting.. is this still available to attend?
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:iconlilmizflashythang:
Lilmizflashythang Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Great job. It really brings the scene to life.
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:iconmaria654:
maria654 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
Wonderful work!
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:iconpuuronen:
Puuronen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Professional General Artist
Beautiful piece!
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:iconkaisernero121:
kaisernero121 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017
Man, that's so impressive...
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:iconjeffbelmont:
JeffBelmont Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017
Fabulous! 
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:iconkertae:
Kertae Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017
This could be in a museum, you know?
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:iconlolliangel00:
Lolliangel00 Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful artwork! :) 
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:iconmario0jose0espinosa:
mario0jose0espinosa Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing
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:iconambergriselement:
AmbergrisElement Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, especially the way you painted the clothing is outstanding!
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isfoss86 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I love your images of Gandalf.
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:iconthe-girl-in-mirkwood:
The-girl-in-Mirkwood Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
wow this is so amazing, well done! I love the colors, it's so soft and warm and cozy :heart:
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BlueBumbleBee Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
Gandalf looks like he is going to start breathing and moving any moment. So lifelike! Love the warm light emanating from the fireplace, and the overall composition of the scene. 
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KModdities Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016   Traditional Artist
Oh. Wow.
♫ I'm in love I'm in love with a beautiful painting! ♪
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:iconamaniwolf:
Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
This is gorgeous!
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:iconwildewalder:
wildewalder Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
that´s so beautiful.... O_o
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:iconcolorstreakpony:
ColorStreakPony Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very traditional looking.
:)
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GoodWorks-FKA Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
Donato, I was wondering what you meant by "Panel". Is this a Masonite Board, a Canvas panel, or have you mounted paper on wood?

Just a bit of professional curiosity...

I love your work.
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24Pamela Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
beautiful work ! Clap 
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:iconunam-et-solum:
Unam-et-solum Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015   General Artist
Fantastic work.
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:iconjawilliams78:
Jawilliams78 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
This is amazing? Do you take commissions?
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jasonthe5150 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
You are very good! Great at capturing the emotion from the book. I want to sit in that room! :) 
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:iconinvisible-valkyrie:
Invisible-Valkyrie Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, really stunning. Superb attention to detail.
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FranktheFool Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Tolkien would probably not agree with this painting. In truth, Gandalf refused to touch the ring because he feared it would corrupt him and make him to contend with Sauron, an act of great fortitude. But this painting is indeed masterful and full of beauty. You have awesome talent.
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casanchez3 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are a Master
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect
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Rearda Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Gandalf held it up". A wonderful depiction of that moment in Bag End, just before the fire revealed all. It's as good as any Tolkien art I've seen, and beautifully lit.
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orgnumber1 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Gandalf never touched the Ring. He was afraid if he did, it would ensnare him, and it would wield his power instead of the other way around.
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Sleepy-Phantom Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is stunning. Great job.
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X-Tomicidal-X Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is wonderful! I love the lighting, it's incredible. 
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AyaAzuresea Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is AMAZING! How is it possible that I have never found your art before? :O
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c-bones Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
love the shadows and the light play and awesome details!
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joaopaulokaluf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student
fuc*ing awsome!!!!
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TolmanCotton Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
I spy... with my little eye... something (or someone) beginning with S. Just outside the window. Am I correct?
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ladyarah Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I put this in an art feature in my group :iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: , in the article "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Finale - Tokien's Legacy".  You can find it here: realmsoffantasy-myth.deviantar…  ^_^
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DaniloAntoniucci Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
meraviglioso!! :O
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pierreloyvet Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
super nice! :)
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PhG-Art Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning painting....I can't add any other word! :)
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Mikewlw Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awsome
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SilvaInk Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Did you have people sit for this? It's a very beautiful composition, picking up on the clothes and the surroundings and Gandalf's face wonderfully. Very, very beautiful work, could gaze for hours.
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revande Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oops forgot to add the link! [link]
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revande Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been featured in my journal, thanks for your support! :hug:
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PaintedKelpie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Wonderful composition and lighting! The teapot keeps my eyes from wandering to the fireplace too long and points me back to the ring and Gandalf. I like the marbled clay pot too :D Would have loved to see your demonstration!
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Mikecy Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Portal to Middle Earth! Amazing!
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ambassador-brouwer Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This is absolutely classy! It's a gorgeous mix of fairy tales with traditional European paintings!
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21stCenturyDamocles Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
really wonderful work you did a great job.
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yoursingingsatellite Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
impressive skill
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Surehuinel Featured By Owner May 26, 2013   General Artist
Feature!! [link]
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