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- Secret Garden - Commission by Anathematixs - Secret Garden - Commission by Anathematixs
She'll lead you down a path
There'll be tenderness in the air
She'll let you come just far enough
So you know she's really there
She'll look at you and smile
And her eyes will say
She's got a secret garden
Where everything you want
Where everything you need
Will always stay
A million miles away


Secret Garden - Bruce Springsteen
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I got just a few directions before I started painting this one.
The main goal was to portray the feeling she had while listening to two songs.
(quite the challenge I might add)
The songs being: Secret Garden (duh), and Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol (sweeeeeeeeeeet)

I really wanted to take on this challenge and also do some things I've never really done before.

One of them being painting a detailed background, but I've done that before... so not really new... just..
Something I hardly ever do..

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand
PAINT A BIRD!!! .......yaaaaaaaaay!!

I used millions of references of just about any bird I could find, but narrowing it down it a mix between

- A Chickadee
- A Parakeet (budgie)
- A Dove
- My imagination

Blend that all together and you get a.. : Chickarakeedove??!?!?!

never mind......... :rofl:

I kept on changing little things and colors about every hour.
Couldn't get it to a satisfactory level!!
And then..... the last bit just came...

Thank the heavens for inspiration!!!!!!!! :D

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Photoshop & tablet; I didn't really keep time, but I think it was between 50-60 hours....
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:iconkarolina888:
Karolina888 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015   Traditional Artist
I love that bird!
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Belle image ! Bon travail ! Félicitations !
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:iconcrystalmk12711:
CrystalMK12711 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Love this...Definitely a favorite of mine!!!!
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:iconthatgirlt:
ThatGirlT Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
I REALLY like this painting...it MOVES ME...THANK YOU...for INSPIRATION !!!
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:iconvaichi10:
Vaichi10 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Chasing Cars!

Pretty, pretty picture. *_*
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:iconanathematixs:
Anathematixs Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I still love that song!!!! :heart:

And thank you!
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:iconoo-monkey-oo:
oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Absolutely gorgeous!
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:iconanathematixs:
Anathematixs Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :hug:
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:iconcatherine62:
Catherine62 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work!
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:iconanathematixs:
Anathematixs Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Once again, thank you so much for all your lovely and wonderful comments :hug:
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WingiLDesigns Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
like this...wish i could have a baby phoenix bird like that...keep up the awesome work :)
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:iconanathematixs:
Anathematixs Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I wouldn't mind one either :D
Though I have 2 cats and it might not live long...
Then again.. if it's a phoenix, it would just be reborn again.... WHOOT! xD
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WingiLDesigns Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah i am so much like the phoenix...i actually added the print for this to my wishlist and when i have the money to spare i am so getting it...hehe and my cat would be attacking it too if i had one but i think the phoenix will prove to be stronger than she so most likely she will not bother it after awhile hehe
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NebelelfeNaemy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011   Digital Artist
Wow ! Great! ! Very beautiful work! Fantastic! I like it very much!
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:iconanathematixs:
Anathematixs Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!! :hug:
I am really glad you like it
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ValeriyaPaine Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
The bird is magic! Beautiful work!
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:iconanathematixs:
Anathematixs Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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TheBrokenUnknownGirl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
your work is beyond brilliant. The coloration and texture is mind blowing.
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:iconladykeisha:
LadyKeisha Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Wonderful work! :)
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d-dubz-designs Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
A Chickadee
- A Parakeet (budgie)
- A Dove
- My imagination

Blend that all together and you get a.. : Chickarakeedove??!?!?!



:L fookin legend :) looooooooooooooool
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monaimee14 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow! very beautiful! but her lips looks a little off cause of the light but oh well ^^ nice job!! i absolutely love it!! ^^
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Anathematixs Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You are the first one to notice that. Hehehe
I thought the exact same thing, but anything I tried to improve it, just made it look worse.

You know when you reach that point where you've worked on it for so long and no matter what you do, it doesn't work anymore?
That's the point I reached with those lips.
I saw that they were wrong, but I just couldn't improve them.
Looking at it now, I do see what it needs, but it's finished.
Maybe I will revise it someday... =)
Thanks for the compliment and the honest comment :hug:
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monaimee14 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
hmm yea ok...but still its so beautiful!! ^^
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MeltedSculpture Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Amazing ! so COOL
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D-Bianca Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
WOOOW COOOOOL
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tthel25 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
exceptionnel, tout est beau la fille,l'oiseau les couleurs !!!
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:iconrafalreszka:
rafalreszka Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
It is beautiful! Until no words.
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irinama Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Professional
Your work is featured here: [link]
:hug::love::wave::clap:
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:iconanathematixs:
Anathematixs Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Whoah! Thank you so much for the honor!
I really appreciate it! :hug:
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Vayne17 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Love you! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!
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Anathematixs Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thank youuuuuu
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ClaireCollyer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Just wanted to let you know that this work is being sold [link] wanted to make sure you were aware! :)
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Anathematixs Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for letting me know!!
I've reported it and notified that mine is not the only work being sold there.

This is the first time this happens to me =_=
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ClaireCollyer Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
No problem! I have had work taken without permission before so i know what its like... However, never had they tried to sell it for a profit! I hope it all works out!
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Anathematixs Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Looks like most of the devArt works have been removed. :)
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ClaireCollyer Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
Oh thats great news! Amazing what can be achieved if we all work together! :)
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Yosia82 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009   Digital Artist
I love this piece so much...great work Dear :heart: :clap:
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Anathematixs Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! :hug:
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Honeymoonfairy Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
I love all the details. Especially the phoenix. :clap:
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Quicksilverwish Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Beautiful!
Heheh, "Chickarakeedove" :lol: It reminded me of a miniature phoenix ... perhaps inspired by the colors :D
Love it! :)
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followheART Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009   General Artist
you've been featured in my News-Article [link]
:floating:
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:iconanathematixs:
Anathematixs Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the honor!!
I really appreciate it! :hug:
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Zardeenah Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Hi there! :wave:
Your lovely artwork has been featured here: [link] ! :iconpwincessnaveera:

Thanks!

Pippa :iconavalonstarlight:
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VeroniqueThomas Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello !! You have been featured in my journal :boogie:
[link]
lot of kisses :hug:
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Anathematixs Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!
I really appreciate it.
Honored to be featured alongside such beautifull work! :hug: :heart:
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VeroniqueThomas Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's a real pleasure, you are one of my favourite artists !!! I really love your Art ! :heart:
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incrediblealyssa Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
I'm in love with this deviation!
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DragonInk7 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Featured in my journal!
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Sangiev Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Hello there,
Your stunning piece of work, has been featured in my latest News Article : Stunning Digital Painting You may find this one, here : [link] So hopefully, you'll have a look at it and enjoy and maybe even a little :+favlove: will be wonderful !
Thanks for your support, again congratz !

Regards,
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cutelisa91 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
this is so pretty
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