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RIDING RUBY
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Published: June 26, 2007
© 2007 - 2019 yaamas
Hinkle was a wee little lad, who was so small it took him days to cross the flowered meadow. One day, while resting upon a leaf, a beautiful hummingbird hovered nearby. Little Hinkle noticed something very strange about this hummingbird. Around its neck was a golden collar with two bells hanging from it. Hinkle yelled out, "What is your name beautiful one with the bells?" When the hummingbird heard this, it drew nearer to him and said, "My name is Ruby and my bells make noise so the other creatures can hear me. I am so fast and so small, that no one ever notices me". Hinkle replied, "Well, I noticed you and you are the prettiest creature that I have ever seen." Ruby suddenly became still in mid-air and said, "May I help you get across this meadow today, my kind friend? I've noticed that it takes you quite some time to make this trek and I have been given a gift of speedy flight. You are a kind heart and your gift is seeing the beauty from within." Hinkle climbed onto to little Ruby's back and together they soared through the meadow. As they were flying over a glorious patch of pink flowers, Hinkle noticed a glowing light that was traveling beside them. He suddenly realized that all true gifts are from above and that the Giver is the most precious gift of ALL.

This original was created using watercolor on Arches hot press paper. It is 5x7 and is available here [link]
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SOUTHERNSUN-4444's avatar
this is sooo cute and well done Clap 
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LoTuSrIsInG's avatar
Your work fills me with glee and happiness. Thank you
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yaamas|Professional Traditional Artist
Thats what I hope for when I paint. I am so happy that you're happy....:hug:
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Jezhawk|Professional General Artist
A beautiful little story and a lovely illustration :clap: :+fav:
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yaamas|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the kind words.
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Jezhawk|Professional General Artist
you're welcome :D
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zasu's avatar
so sweet, and the story is really cute. i thought the flowers themselves might be what are called "tiny rubies" dianthus (or is it "tiny rubies" carnations?), which smell so good, and really are very tiny (though a darker pink) :D
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yaamas|Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, I didn't know that...thank you. I'm glad you like it.
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you're welcome :D
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LimeGreenSquid|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully done!
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sanguigna's avatar
James! Every paintings you make is like a dream! :heart:
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manslaughterer's avatar
that's wonderful. dreamy. I love the puffy pink blossoms
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Toradh|Professional Traditional Artist
So tiny and cute… And lovely bold colours, great work as always!
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Arteestique|Professional Traditional Artist
Awww...:hug: This is just too cute and heartwarming!!! Beautiful my dear:D
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lennan's avatar
Very beautiful, I especially love how you painted the field of flowers. =)
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Scarlett1313's avatar
Being you already know how I feel about your works...you must know that when I am down and not feeling like myself...I just look at your art and they make me feel SO much better!

Keep your ideas running wild!! I am always so happy to see your imagination at work.
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physcobabble|Hobbyist General Artist
i like it i really do just one little thing. maybe the hummingbirds throat should be a little redder, it kind of matches the pink flowers almost.
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Natalie-Busuttil| Traditional Artist
Absolutely enchanting. I adore this, Hinkle's little face is superb, as is his crooked little hat. I love the hummingbirds' wings, they actually look as if they're beating hundreds of times a second! Marvellous!
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My sincerest congratulations to you! Your deviation has been chosen to be part of my weekly Features named “7 Gladly Beads”! These features are usually picked for very good balance of your imagination and realization. If you do not want to be featured, please let me know. You can look at your journal entry here: [LINK]
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sevenwillow|Professional General Artist
they both are so sweet :)
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PrismArtGurl's avatar
What a beautiful painting and story. Your work ALWAYS brings a smile to my face. Well done!
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TraitorToTheRules's avatar
I love the subtle detail, and the play of light that you've captured is just right for the piece. And what an adorable little story =)
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