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In the gardens of Lorien by EKukanova In the gardens of Lorien by EKukanova
Self-portrait, 
slightly inspired by Tolkien's universe)
watercolor, 28*36cm


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:iconcalitha-lena:
Calitha-Lena Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
really great selfportrait :heart:
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:iconstarwonderart:
starwonderart Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
The metallic parts look so shiny! I love the color scheme and the expression. A lovely piece.
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:iconuruk1:
Uruk1 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2018  Professional
I need to photograph you.
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:iconmiykaels7:
Miykaels7 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018
Beautiful!
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:iconmia-sko:
mia-sko Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018   Traditional Artist
So subtle! Beautiful! <3
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:iconekukanova:
EKukanova Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
Thank you very much! ^____^
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:iconmia-sko:
mia-sko Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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:iconkosmeja:
Kosmeja Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Вы были бы прекрасной эльфийкой Лориэна
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:iconanarielrowen:
AnarielRowen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
Воот! :) В смысле - супер!
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:iconekukanova:
EKukanova Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
Спасибо! ^_____^
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:icondavincipoppalag:
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Youre quite beautiful and this isbeautifully done!
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconsuemart:
SueMArt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning work as always.
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:iconekukanova:
EKukanova Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018
Thank you!
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:iconsuemart:
SueMArt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure Heart 
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:iconshadowmaid:
Shadowmaid Featured By Owner Edited Oct 2, 2018
Oh, this is you? Wow, a beautiful portrait of and by a beautiful artist!
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:icondofaust:
dofaust Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
A beautiful visage amidst beautifu surroundings....
... the fairest realm in middle-earth ...
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ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018
 Sidney, can you get down to the comments ( Sept.13) of Observer14, about the bond with Tolkien? And give your advice?  I do prefer this wonderful "portrait" to all the  fantastic/oniric works of EKukanova.  I'm not easy in a too fantastic climate... my recurrent realism?
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dofaust Featured By Owner Edited Sep 25, 2018
Yes, I grok observer14's comments: the eyes here are evocative and illuminate an intelligence... major-league eyes...this lady of Lorien is more attractive & noble than Jackson's ladies....in Tolkien, the personalities reflect an academic's experience: they are often flat and cartoonish, especially in Jackson's conceits, although they are informed with knowledge/skills/experience.... Few Tolkien roles/characters are admirable enough to be emulated: Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel... the focus/center/protagonist of Tolkien's world is the place & milieu itself: infinitely dark & magical, and yet full of life and faith and occasional light: a profoundly un-judeo-christian world, although a battleground between good & evil,  beauty and ugliness, and other dichotomies....Jackson's accomplishment is wedding Tolkien's fabulous milieux with players/roles therein... the greatest most admirable art of middle-earth is the place itself...one of the most sublime in English that requires Coleridge's "...suspension of disbelief..." (...mIlton & Shakespeare's milieu's do not require any suspension of disbelief...they and their characters are the other pole of English lit...)
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ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018
 Ah! All is clear now!   Your Tolkien-ish KULTUR is impressive. I don't jest! I just have read a part of "the lord of the rings", contrary to you...
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ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018
Is it possible to have grey-green eyes, both dreaming and pearcing like these ones?  A fairy, sumptuous woman...And a superb green harmony..Perfect!
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:iconannamare:
annamare Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So gorgeous!!
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:iconrhunel:
rhunel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018   General Artist
Beautiful!!
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:iconsara-arasteh:
Sara-Arasteh Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful work!
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TieriaWinchester Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
 That is gorgeous!
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Aljonchik Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Ну что тут сказать...) Леночка, умница, красавица и оооочень талантливая! Цвета бесподобные, все комментаторы правы! )
Больших - больших творческих успехов!!! :-)

Beauty in beauty! Brava!
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
Спасибо огромное!! :aww: :shamrock: :sun:
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kimberly80 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
ой, как классно получилось!!!!прям очень красиво, листья вообще какая-то изумрудная драгоценная песня, какие-то даже мне витражи отчего-то напоминает, такое прямо общее движение их красивое, не смотря на вроде бы статичность композиции...
все лаконично все красиво, ни прибавить ни убавить,
правда выражение лица - скорее грустное, ну будем считать, что лиричное...
по атмосфере наводит на мысли об утре... не могу определить черные ягоды, это черемуха?
золотой олень?)
вот о чем он нам говорит? что хотел сказать им автор?)загадка...
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Спасибо! возникло летом такое настроение, столько зелени вокруг, вот и захотелось накрасить что-то такое же зелёное-призелёное)  понаслаждалась замечательной бумагой мулен-дю-руа и красками дэниэл смит, так чтоб красить рямо из банки, ну почти)   Настроение что-то такое замутить возникло на следующий день после того ужасного шторма, когда много всего повалило, как раз в поваленных деревьях освещённых выглянувшим солнышком о___О, а что за ягоды- не знаю, не съедобные)   
Олени это хорошо, тем более золотые)   мне эту корону подарили, к концу лета вдруг её нашла, поняла что ни разу никуда не одела, решила что хоть нарисую)   Что этим хотел сказать автор- с интересом почитаю исследовательские статьи искусствоведов х))
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En-Munkhi Featured By Owner Edited Sep 15, 2018   General Artist
I see where you get your inspiration for all your beautiful elven portraits! I thought this was a Luthien portrait at first, and it might well be - you're ears are hidden after all. Oh, and those leaves are so well rendered, I could practically touch them. I may have leaf envy. Stunning work as usual.
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ToomassArt Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018
Wonderful work!:)
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fullcolour-canvas Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great art elena!gonna watch!
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Azraelangelo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Fíha. Som si myslel najprv, že to je upravená fotografia :) Pôsobí to naozaj živo :)
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mo0on-light Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Filmographer
almost everyday i checked your page to see any new painting for .. and there is another beautiful one by you .. after alan lee you are the best for tolkien's painter world
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Breathtaking....

Elena, I love how your portrait stands as if it is caught in the tension between two worlds -- the deeply dark and beautiful world of Tolkien, and the world in which we walk and breathe.  You are a reminder to the rest of us that both of those worlds can be beautiful, if we are careful enough to look.

This has to be one of my favorites from all the works you have done...
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018
Thank you so much Charles for such kind komment!  
Thats very interesting that this portrait makes for you an impression as if I were between two worlds, I'm oftenly feel myself exactly this way x))
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
which is, I believe, one of the reasons why your work is so intense, and even personal.

It is interesting that you face has a subtle difference from the Tolkien women you paint.  Not sure how to describe it, but it feels a little more "real" and less fantasy, almost softer, but everything else around you, from the color of the trees to the crown on your head, pulls you back into gardens of Lorien.  And then your eyes...  Oh, your eyes look straight into my heart, as if you have turned to look and pull me into that world too.
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Sapphire236 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018
small heart - purple
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AndyVRenditions Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, this is just stunningly beautiful. what a soft touch it has. great work!!
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018
Very well done.
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Abbieisurqueen Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
A lovely portrait.
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You chose a beautiful model.
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:iconekukanova:
EKukanova Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018
Thank you, Steve! I must to draw her more often)
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I fully agree. :hug:
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:iconnelyasun:
Nelyasun Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
it looks great
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:iconekukanova:
EKukanova Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018
thanks
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:iconbefanini:
befanini Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018
Like I said before, the real-life Luthien!
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:iconekukanova:
EKukanova Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018
 :blush:  :aww:
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LKBillips Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the intensity of the eyes.  Brings the painting to life. 
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018
Thank you!
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10/300 second
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Sep 7, 2018, 1:21:10 PM
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