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Winter

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Published: December 21, 2016
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Night falls gently on Autumn's final frigid day. With the land laid to rest by her icy lullaby, her sacred task complete, Autumn fades away, surrendering to the harsher reign of Winter.

Winter. The fourth and final installment of my Four Seasons Ponies collection, and the end of a year-long project. I can't say Winter is my favorite season, but there's no denying its beauty.

Watercolor on 9x12 140 lb. Strathmore watercolor paper. Finished: 12/14/16.
Image size
5062x6836px 28.21 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Software
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Windows
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goosepower's avatar
So beautiful (can't find wotds)...
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Tillie-TMBHobbyist General Artist
this is just so gorgeous! I love it!
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The-Wizard-of-ArtProfessional Traditional Artist
Huh, yeah, you're right! Thanks! :D
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Tillie-TMBHobbyist General Artist
:D
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Nekomi89Hobbyist Artist
How magical is this one! Love it! Totally LOVE it!Love Love Love 
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LolliponyArtStudent Digital Artist
I am really curious as to how you went about painting the trees. Did you meticulously block in colours around the white snow? Mad respect for you!
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The-Wizard-of-ArtProfessional Traditional Artist
If only I could boast of such monumental patience and dexterity. I used masking fluid over a light wash of blue to preserve all those details while painting in the darker colors. Some watercolor purists might call it cheating, I call it a lifesaver.
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LolliponyArtStudent Digital Artist
Ooohh that explains so much. I had seen masking fluid around but somehow never made the connection ^^; honestly, if it gets the work done well and fast, by all means do it. Nonetheless, very impressive artwork and I love the use of layering!
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That is a wonderful piece! :wow: :thumbsup:
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EverlastingJoyHobbyist Filmographer
Rarity always has the perfect outerwear for any occasion. She's perfect for your winter piece.

You did a great job capturing the spirit of Winter, the icy blues, purples and whites. It really does look like what I imagine the perfect winter setting looks like. Great job having the trees have a bend to them at the top. I know that's for perspective reasons and it's just that it gives them a grander, more imposing standpoint than if you would have left them as is.
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The-Wizard-of-ArtProfessional Traditional Artist
I think she suits Winter about as well as Applejack suits Autumn. She was an easy choice for this one.

This is probably the most restricted palette I've ever painted in, and quite paradoxically the most liberating. Since most of my color choices were made when I selected my tubes, my biggest concern was value control. I can't tell you how happy I am with the perspective, this is really the look I was going for when I did "Spring", but there was just too much foreground and not enough curve to effectively sell the low angle.
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AshlyStormHobbyist General Artist
awesome. happy holidays ^^
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The-Wizard-of-ArtProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks! And to you as well! :D
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zukos-swigHobbyist General Artist
Wow!! This is beautiful! The colors are amazing. The fact that this is traditional art and not digital just really speaks of your talent! I'm not putting down digital artists by any means, but traditional art just seems a lot less forgiving of mistakes, so this is just amazing.

I'm off to check out the rest of your gallery!
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The-Wizard-of-ArtProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! 
Watercolor is a very unforgiving medium. The only other one that rivals it in terms of difficulty is ink.
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UrbanCowboy117Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. There's so much to like about this, I'd just be listing everything lol
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The-Wizard-of-ArtProfessional Traditional Artist
That's what usually keeps me from writing lengthy descriptions. Anytime I start getting carried away with it I realize I'm just repeating what I've already said in the picture. :D
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UrbanCowboy117Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know the feel, bro
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SiansaarProfessional Digital Artist
:faint:
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EndjindaHobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! You rarely (pun intended) see non-digital stuff an here anymore, let alone watercolour. It's absolutely amazing work. 
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The-Wizard-of-ArtProfessional Traditional Artist
To tell you the truth, it simply isn't convenient to limit yourself to a size of paper that can fit on your scanner, take several weeks to complete a project (all the while using costly materials), try to get a scan that isn't completely washed out, and at the end of it all spend a day and a half correcting colors and values in Photoshop because your scanner can't see red. Digital methods definitely have their advantages.
Thanks very much!
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Lunar-White-WolfHobbyist General Artist
Simply gorgeous! *o* it's so well done! I love the atmosphere!
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The-Wizard-of-ArtProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I think mood and atmosphere are two areas I've really improved in over the last  couple of years.
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