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Tears of joy in the garden of giants by zancan Tears of joy in the garden of giants by zancan
Tears of joy in the garden of giants
Oil painting on canvas - 120x200 cm

Among the vast palette of emotions that can be felt, one exists that is rare. It's when one gets filled with a joy so immense that some tears come flooding. This is the barriers that crumble, the instant when the extremes blend into one, though absurd, jubilant defeat. It's the moment when laughter and weep gather, the widest range of feelings concentrated in one.

This canvas has been painted multiple times.
First, numerous sketches and drawings were made, that got lost one night in a metro. Rage!
It has been drawn over... eventually the sketches were recovered by a friend at the Lost&Found, months after.
There has been travels, to visit tropical glasshouses, or dome architecture from the 1900s such as the Grand Palais in Paris.
A painted study was completed using digital tools, which took a few months. Then, going back to the genuine aim, the large canvas was painted entirely again using oils. Then, painted over again, for I thought that the whole image lacked contrast.
It's only with the first days of january 2011 that could be decided that the painting was finished.

You can watch a close up here:

This deviation is the painted version of the digital painting that I posted back in 2005: link
To get a sense of scale, here's a old picture of me posing in front of the canvas : link

I'm sorry for the terrible watermark ! It is to protect the picture. I chose that rather than submitting a smaller resolution file, because there are so many tiny details to see..

Take care deviants ! :heart:
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Critique by DannyMechanist Dec 16, 2012, 9:40:52 PM
In all fairness this is my first critique on DA so far... so I apologize in advance if u find it underperforming in any regard...

Ok so beginning from the marble doors and arch far across the scene which is probably the entrance to the area depicted, the choice of material and ornate work on the arch shows that this is either a place of great value or of great sophistication or both.

the open skylight ceiling and the metalwork on the columns gives it a good sense of openness and adds to the vastness of the space

also the people depicted in minuscule is going that extra mile in emphasizing the sheer size of the feminine figures depicted

Which themselves taken separately each tell a story of their own the nearest seems to be in a dance of sorts not happy bu her expressions but still content nonetheless the one above her seems to be in admiration of either herself or something which truly brings her joy, the third seems to be either applauding the sky or somehow speaking of something truly important in her opinion. the one on the right seems to be a little subservient and captive and the two on the archway seem to be overseeing in a rather guard-like manner the space below.

taken together with the whole scene and the plants and vines growing about here and there the painting does live up to its name ... It is joyous in a sense and does invoke a rather festive sense but still there is something mildly melancholic about the muses' outlook

all in all a thought provoking piece I was delighted to behold
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BoldRobber Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
Beautiful work (Steampunk meets Supernature!) Amazing concept, masterfully accomplished
KoiCatCreations Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All of your artwork incorporates nature so beautifully in such a unique way... I love it!
TriniSmile Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooow!!! this is really perfect :heart: Clap 
Ruth11617 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014

Je me rappelle la première fois que j'ai vu cette peinture il y a quelques années, j'ai pleuré. L'émotion de joie que j'ai ressenti en la regardant était incroyable et bouleversant ! Cela reste une de mes préférés et je pense acheter un tirage quand j'aurais l'argent ! =) Bravo pour cette belle peinture et merci d'avoir partagé ton temps et ton talent avec nous !

mindscapebd Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amazing artwork. The rich colours and the lightning make this truly a splendid painting to look at, created with a lot of imagination. :)
0331chap Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
eh, I wish I could live in these places sometimes - real life is so boring
colorpoet Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I looove it! :O Soo beautiful work
Xeny-art Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
omg! incredible! I thought it's digital art, but then saw that it's oil on canvas, wow omfg 
amycreammaxbrown Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
You have extraordinary patience and strength of will to keep going on these pieces until they are perfect. Plants have individual souls.
jazzyj91 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
It is just Amazing!
MichaelCoughlin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Congradulations!  Thanks for bringing this into the world
Darkestnightmare Featured By Owner May 10, 2013   General Artist
This reminds me of a scene in La Belle et La Bete, one of my favorite movies ever with the most fantastic fantasy images like arms coming out of the wall, holding candelabras and stone faces on a fireplace opening their eyes and breathing smoke. This is a beautiful,l fantastic wonderland. Great job! [link]
GraphicsTechnician Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
What a beautiful, atmospheric painting.
Mpapa Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is to crazy to explain...i cant believe you painted that on canvas. It looks so proportionate and real. 10 outa 10
zerkaze Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
you are so crazy talented *_*
AnathelaRen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
The perspective looks great! C'est trés bien!
Haru01 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Writer
DannyMechanist Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Striking work if there ever was one sir :)

The giant figures really add to the effect of space and the blue flowers are a nice touch also the scale and the space of it all is phenomenal
kristaps-design Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
beautiful work..
Cymski Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
This is still one of my favorite paintings on deviantart. Are you planning to sell prints of it?
SuperSonja Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Wow... I wish I had your imagination. This is cool, elegant and misterious at the same time. Oh, and fantasticaly painted, of course. :)
Runa-Amanda Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I featured you in my new journal here: [link] Have a nice day! :)
louly Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Je la regarde tous les jours :) Tu m'avais envoyé l'affiche qui avait servi pour ton exposition à Bordeau en 2010 et j'ai fini par la faire encadrer cet été. J'ai acheté une maison cette année et j'ai emménagé à la fin mars. J'ai décidé qu'il était temps de l'afficher :) Elle repose présentement sur un buffet dans la salle à dîner, appuyée sur le mur, et comme on vient de refaire la peinture sur les murs, elle va peut-être finir sur un mur dans le salon. Elle va bien partout, j'ai même pensé la mettre dans la cuisine pour faire différent. J'allais t'envoyer une photo, mais comme je suis procrastineuse... mdr En tout cas, la mienne est aussi unique puisque tu l'as dédicacée en y ajoutant un joli dessin au crayon. J'aime bien la voir comme ça tous les jours dans ma salle à dîner. :heart:
zancan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Salut ! C'est chouette d'avoir ces nouvelles d'un dessin qui a été adopté, de savoir qu'il est en bonne santé et qu'on s'occupe bien de lui ;)
Je serais ravi bien sûr d'avoir une photo de ce salon flambant neuf. Prends ton temps, la procrastination n'est pas proscrite! En tout cas merci pour ton petit mot, cela fait bien plaisir.

Nixity Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I had thought this was a mirrored version of the same image, but after reading the description and looking at the links, I realise now it is a different painting. Funny though, you say you felt the previous version lacked contrast, but I prefer the previous version for its warmer colour overall, the nice greens and it certainly looks more contrasted to me. It also looks quite steamy. It's a shame you didn't feel happy with it!
deer-o Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
incredible! the vision and realisation: both are fantastic
3-WI5H3S Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the detail is amazing
alina2re Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
BurnedRaven Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
im getting vertigo just looking at this
Laurentiusje Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the details :D
Fullmetal-Hikaru Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student General Artist
As always, your work is amazing :)
aaawhyme Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
sexy, i love the hands!
ourselfish Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
So what's your next project?
emueller Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
So fantastic. Pieces like this are the reason I keep drawing. Love it :).
NoranFikri Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
It's like a whole different world! LOVE IT! :heart:
Gipsymoon Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well worth the work. It's gorgeous. :)
zyphryus Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Absolutely AMAZING... I was amazed when I saw your other version, and when I saw a photo of you working on the painting. I am truly in AWE.
Also, I love it when I experience tears of joy.
zancan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the AWE inspiring comment !
Tindome-Art Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful emotion caught in the painting!
taibu Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Ehhhh, soo beautiful :), colors and lights.. mmm
Lugas Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Artist
Its so brilliant.
Lyraina Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! The colors, the details, I could stare at it forever and still discover something new. Also, a very interesting interpretation of emotion!
Very well done :) Thanks for sharing!
Suvelis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
outstanding! :-)
myoume Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Salmerai Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !! all i can say, great job <3
Neil-Macleod Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice !!
Eyedraw Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how can it be that the painted version is even more stunning than the digital version?
stahlberg Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
fantastic forms an light .... great artwork!
tonica Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
"eventually the sketches were recovered by a friend at the Lost&Found, months after"

What incredible luck, and what a great friend.
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