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RIDING RUBY by yaamas RIDING RUBY by 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 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
this is sooo cute and well done Clap 
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EVAVESTER Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
Cute!
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Duendezinha Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
lovely^^
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LoTuSrIsInG Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
Your work fills me with glee and happiness. Thank you
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yaamas Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007  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 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
A beautiful little story and a lovely illustration :clap: :+fav:
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the kind words.
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:iconjezhawk:
Jezhawk Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
you're welcome :D
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zasu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
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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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, I didn't know that...thank you. I'm glad you like it.
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:iconzasu:
zasu Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
you're welcome :D
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LimeGreenSquid Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully done!
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sanguigna Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
James! Every paintings you make is like a dream! :heart:
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manslaughterer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
that's wonderful. dreamy. I love the puffy pink blossoms
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
So tiny and cute… And lovely bold colours, great work as always!
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Arteestique Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww...:hug: This is just too cute and heartwarming!!! Beautiful my dear:D
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lennan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
Very beautiful, I especially love how you painted the field of flowers. =)
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Scarlett1313 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
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 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  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 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007   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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3dmirror Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
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 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
they both are so sweet :)
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PrismArtGurl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
What a beautiful painting and story. Your work ALWAYS brings a smile to my face. Well done!
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TraitorToTheRules Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
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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MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, stunning work!! You've done it again! :clap:
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JoannaBromley Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hummingbirds are such small, magical creatures...perfect for a fairy painting! I like the way you painted the motion of the wings...makes the image come to life! :D
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
James, this is so very cute, also the story!!!
Oh really, I am just in love with ;)
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you my dear friend:hug: I am so happy you like it.
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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skjon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
lovely, James, you always make me glad
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Your work does the same to me Wenche.
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Jens2seas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
This made me teary.

Sweet.
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Here's a tissue....thank you so much!
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LostSiren Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007   Photographer
What a lovely story. Beautiful meadow, the flowers one can almost smell their aroma. Beautiful...love it!
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I can smell it too. Thank you for the kind words!
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LeannanSidhe Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
I love this painting :) The flowers are really soft and pretty, and I love the story that goes along with it, very heartwarming :)
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your heartfelt words:hug:
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laurart Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
Wonderful :clap:
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
...ho..ly...crap man, that's what I want my picture to look like when we get done with it :wow: wow, man, just wow
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
My friend......yours will be even more beautiful!
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I just wanna get'r'done
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Beats my helicopter any day. I hope he has a good chin strap.
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, you always give me a laugh my friend! Thanks!
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donella Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
fantastic work
looks so fresh and spring-ish
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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commeunerose Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
that's amazing job! :faint:
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it!
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Pocket-Zoo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
this is so nice. when i first saw the preview i think it was a photograph :giggle:
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thanks!
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