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Symbols of Luck and Welfare by Feathers-of-Love Symbols of Luck and Welfare by Feathers-of-Love
This is a highly symbolic piece, my most worked-through this far.

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The colibri or hummingbird is an ancient symbol of happiness and appreciation. Its fast movement and seemingly unlimited motivation has given it its respect among people of all times. In native American cultures it is a bird of truth and beauty, and several gods are dressed in its feathers as symbols of magic.
Its importance in this picture is its happiness, that all friends deserve.

The pink carnation is a symbol of gratitude. Its numerous petals represent eternity.
Its importance is that everyone has their friends to thank for milions of things, that without them we would not be as happy as we are with them and their company.

The clover has one four leaf clover to show everyone. The four leaf clover is a symbol for luck in most cultures. Such a clover which is preserved is thought to give its owner luck for as long as the clover is intact. This digital four leaf clover will not be destroyed until the picture and all its copies are destroyed, which we hope will take several and even more years.
Its importance is that no matter who one is friends with, we all with them luck.

The little giraffe is my little giraffe character Smulis. She is a symbol of kindness in my own eyes, and an important part of this picture.
=Shiaine suggested some tima ago that I should use Smulis as I use the little ladybug for a signature. I thought it was a really neat idea, and as she fitted into this picture and its symbolism, I drew her ^^*

The cherry flowers are so beautiful and pure, so I let them symbolise friendship. They also bloom during the season of spring, when my birthday is, so I guess one can say that they also represent me, the artist, a little as well.

The ladybug is my little signature of sorts. I have used it in many of my most recent pictures, so I thought that it was too much of a little signature to not use in this picture.
It is also a symbol of luck, so I kep it just as much for the resons stated under the clover ^^*

The turtle is a symbol of long life and regularity. In some cultures, it is also thought that a turtle carries the Earth and lifts it towards the reviving sun.
Its importance in this picture is that I wish everyone who have toched me a happy, long life, filled with luck and happiness.

The koi fish is an Aisian symbol of devotion and sucess due to its ability to travel up for strong currents. Generally it symbolizes patience and longevity but also braveness.

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Details can be found here.

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I just edited some typos.
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:iconthe-winter-girl:
the-winter-girl Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student General Artist
nice artwork :D
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Bogivry Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student General Artist
This makes me smile thank you for creating & sharing! :heart:
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vulpixfairy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
reminds me of a project i had to do in college :) this is a beautiful painting! i could spend hours admiring the details...


signed by the vulpixfairy :rose:
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MelissaGriffin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow,this one Is my favorite.You paint so well you know?
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Thank you greatly. :heart:
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Nicolschn Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
:heart: I love that pic!
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Thank you! :heart:
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Nicolschn Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
You're welcome
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Mejlajn Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
Du är ju helt otrolig. Det här är en av de vackraste bilder jag sett på länge. Verkligen jättefina detaljer. absolut :+fav:!
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
Man tackar ödmjukast för de fina orden <3
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DeeTay Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006  Student Writer
:omg:
Oh my gawd :o

o.o
*Pokes the little giraffe and the shiny balloons* O_O XD Luff that part xD
*cough*
I love all of it by the way, very well made and what a nice thought :aww:
She'd better love it :)
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
Aww, thank you n___n Your comment made my day <3
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DeeTay Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006  Student Writer
You're most welcome, I luff your art =)
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ilovegravy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
gorgeous, gorgeous work!! :omg: :clap: all the details in this are amazing!! :heart: and I love the cute little touches you added, like Smulis floating around there, and the hummingbird :love: awesome job!! :)
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
Thank you so much for your uplifting comment <3
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GaladrielElvenQueen Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006  Professional General Artist
very lovely, nice job. I love the detail, if I hadn't hav full-viewed I would've never noticed the little giraffe :)
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006
Aww, thank you ^^*
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GaladrielElvenQueen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
you're welcome :)
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Twitter Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
Oh, this is goregeous!
I love the detail on the flower's petals!
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
Thank you ^^* A lot of time went into that ^^*
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smiling-sheepdog Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
AHHHHH cool idea with the turtle and the fish in the vase it's soooooo cute....oh and the humming bird really cute aswell. If they have names let me knoe :+fav:
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
Aww, thank you ^^*

They do not have any names though ;0;
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smiling-sheepdog Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
Can i call the turtle poppet
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
If you want to, sure ^^*
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smiling-sheepdog Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
Thanks :hug:
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christfirst Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
This is just super amazing!! a fav for me for sure!
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
Thank you n___n**
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christfirst Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
Your welcome!!!:)
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mesai Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... vet inte vad jag ska säga. Väldigt vackert och underbara symboler!
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
Dina vänliga ord är tillräckligt ^^*

Tack! n___n**
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mesai Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Varsegoo ^__^
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Mizuka Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006
I like the feeling, when I look at this picture. I just feel happy
it is so impressionistic and beautiful :heart:
And I love this little version of your character there :yeah:
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
Thank you for your kind words!
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fuzball1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
That's a absolutely beautiful <3
Plus all the meanings combined make it extra special :D
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
Thank you! ^^*
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ZebraRaine Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006
I'll tell you what- I can't believe how much detail you put into this! WOW!

I'm very, very impressed. The cherry blossoms look beautiful. I can't draw them, but I love taking photographs of them. By now, though, we've got cherries to eat! Hahahaha.

Smulis is so cute and tiny. :giggle: What a nice touch!

The ladybug is great. She looks awesome- the angle is perfect, and she really looks like she's crawling across the top of the vase.

I love the turtle and the koi. So pretty!

The clover are cute, and the carnation is amazing.

GREAT JOB! I'm sure your friend will just ADORE it! :D
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
After having read your comment... Wow... Thank you so much! :glomp: Kind words like these, and a comment like this mean the world to me ^^*
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Naali Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006
Aww, that's cute ( I comment that on every picture of yours, don't I? *beats herself with a stick on the hand* I've got to stop it! xD)
.. I especially love the little Smulis, I didin't even notice him until I read the description.
I think that you're also a devoted friend. You seem like one, with the patience to make a beautiful picture just for your friend. n_n
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
If you feel like commenting, you should ^^* I always appreciate ever comment I recieve. They man a great deal to me n___n
If you do not feel like commenting, do not. Appreciating art is not always about commenting ;D

Thank you <3
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Shiaine Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it!! Awww that little Smulis made me really smile :)

I love the entire picture actually, and the detail pic shows so many things that might have gone unnoticed otherwise. It's a gorgeous and terribly sweet idea too :) I love colibris and you drew her so well. On the detailpic especially, the eye looks so... alive. Nah, I just love how you can put so much ideas into a drawing, so much symbolism and fit it together in one great piece. You say you must be the worst friend Vil's ever had, but that you have drawn a pic like this for her, shows the opposite already.
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
Thank you so much for your kind words! :glomp:
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Shiaine Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:glomp: Yer welcome dear
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day-dreem-believer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006
Wow... this is really amazing. I especially love the lil' tortoise and fish, and the humming bird's very cute too. It's really very pretty :3
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
Thank you n___n**
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day-dreem-believer Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
No problem! ^____^
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BaboonsMistress Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006
im speachless. its such a beautiful picture
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FionaHsieh Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006  Professional Filmographer
**picture

scuse meh x]
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FionaHsieh Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006  Professional Filmographer
this is so gorgeous..... :jawdrop: I could just stare at this for eternity. all the colors in the cpitreu go together so well, with the different tints of each color here and there! :D must fav!
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
Aww, thank you ^^*
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Abyss-13 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006  Student General Artist
ooooooooo! I love everything about this!!!! espcially the fish and turtle!! great work! :#1:
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