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Learning To Leave by sheppardarts Learning To Leave by sheppardarts
Digital painting, 2014 Cynthia Sheppard

This is an extremely personal piece for me- you can read about the story on my blog here and see a step-by-step process here

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Given 2014-09-03
Learning To Leave by sheppardarts, This is truly a beautiful and emotionally powerful painting even if one is not familiar with the artist's personal story for creating it. This piece speaks volumes to what an artist is capable of when they decide to let their art speak for their soul. The message of learning to leave is one we all have to learn even when letting go is often the hardest thing we will ever do. For more beautiful paintings be sure to check out the rest of this artist's gallery. ( Suggested by lovelessdevotions and Featured by breerothman )
bluegiraffe93 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018  Hobbyist
Masters degree...
CitrusEucalyptus Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Hauntingly beautiful and powerful message about tragedy.  Lovely work.

I hope that you have a great and blessed day/night!
Isaac-Li-Yenko Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous ! I like the beautiful work on lights & shadows, but also the perfect rendering of the charcacters. It has a very classical fine art feel.
ScottToms Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
good details.
SirenDrake Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
This reminds me of Bouguereau's work.
TheoaTheWolfman Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Last thing I expected to find this morning. Absolutely beautiful. Im so happy you were able to express yourself through this painting so we all could appreciate it. Thank you so much. Wishing you the best.
Ronsware Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing, beautifull work
I like it very much :)
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7-WasabiPerson-7 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Student Artist
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7-WasabiPerson-7 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Student Artist
It is a lovely piece of art. No need for unseemly posts.
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7-WasabiPerson-7 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Student Artist
Would you mind communicating like a respectable person?
contradictions Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely breathtaking. It spoke to me, which might be strange as I've never lost anyone that I care about, and yet I'm grieving something all the same. Thanks for sharing.
bakteriophage Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Student
oh man... today in 2008 was the car accident where my best friend died... and today, fb is showing me your artwork... means a lot to me
cespra2002 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
wonderful !
ripond Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015   Writer
This is beautiful :)
ExCharny Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Well, this is just incredible
fpbarros Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Love the values, and the overall emotion.
innoctemn Featured By Owner Edited Dec 20, 2015   Writer
so much emotion shown in one piece. knowing the one you've always loved is lost; through friendship, being there for the one that needs you the most; and by being the bystander. not sure if those are the exact emotions you are going through or trying to show, and I'm sure after reading your story you must be going through the one,  but through my own perspective i've experienced all three, and it's hard. seeing the world around you, unsure of how to proceed.
you've done a wonderful job at portraying the emotion through this, it's very relatable and very beautiful. 
if there's anything you need, feel free to note me, I'm always willing to keep an ear out and listen to those who need it
ROHITSAIKODAM Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
powerful,  touching and full of feels
Ripplingwaves Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
genuinely beautiful Heart 
my heart goes out to you 
Rhyn-Art Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015   General Artist
IslandheartStudio Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is an absolutely gorgeous work. I was floored by the emotion and the surging of grief from the central figure even before I read your blog post. Sometimes, powerful emotions from all parts of the spectrum are what pulls out our most beautiful art. :hug:
aureolin-swatch Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I left a comment on your blog - I love your work - this is gut-wrenching
APRILFLOAT Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
This image is powerful and exceptionally well rendered. Having lost a love one, one can only feel the pain when it happens to them and leaving is so hard to do. Never forgetting the memories.
theforgottensoul Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
I believe if such a thing should ever happen to me, I too, would be the one on the ground.
mermaidwaves Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Carrianna Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
It's so powerful!  My heart breaks for her.
Ikonion Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. That's a powerful scene. So painful yet quiet.
BasiaEmilia Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015   Digital Artist
Beautiful and touching piece of art ! :)
Pitsh Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015   Digital Artist
touching story behind it and touching piece. I especially love the colour choice
Proseia Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Really beautiful, and your story makes it even more so. All the best--it does get easier.
travelie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
AMusoke Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Just read the story behind this work (with Audiomachine playing in the background). It all makes so much more scence, and it's all the more beautiful because of that. This is what art is - not mindlessly drawing, but expressing yourself.
I've decided to peruse your blogg, I'm already liking what I see. Thanks for posting this :D
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sheppardarts Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the feature!
VeriFast Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
MIght be your best.
ATWest Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Very powerful piece! Very interesting the way the skull is so much less strongly defined than the grieving woman or her friend. This really seems to support the idea.
Rhea89 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
I'm in a similar situation (as your blog describes),i can understand the eye filling tears when you see something beautifool,or hear to just a song...
Damn,this artwork become one of my favourites because of the art and the story behind all this.
inmyside Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Why  the foot of the woman on the top is like that ? i don't understand this position in the construction of your drawn .
maztoul Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Djé Pas de ne Peux exprimer par des mots à Quel point de j'adore CELA.
mimikascraftroom Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Congrats on the DDClap 
SnowInHades Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD :clap:
ShadowCorvus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow. Respect :) I adore this work, and keep coming back to see it. I love it and read your story about it. Hoping the best for you :heart:
Meeweeda Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so beautiful! Definitely worth the DD. In fact, I'd say it's better than a lot of DDs I've seen. The emotion in the piece is very powerful and well-conveyed through the posture of the different aspects and the symbolic details. Thank you for sharing your story—it made the painting all the deeper. Also, as others have mentioned, it has the beautiful allure of historic paintings. You truly are a magnificent artist, and I wish you luck with both your art and your personal struggles.
BOYKINS Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you've been featured  in my journal ( a showcase of my favorites  to my watchers )…
KlingonCaligula Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
At first glance, I thought it was something the pre-Raphaellites painted. But then I saw that it was New. Well, simply put; Wow, it's beautiful and poignant.
The pre-Raphaellites would have been proud to see their legacy still lives.
FlamingBulbinArrow Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I saw this a long time ago, read the story, and fell in love with this piece, and it's cool to see it in the DDs after all this time! Congrats, you deserve the DD! XD
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