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Vitalitas by balaa Vitalitas by balaa
Some paths cross in life and part ways, others become entangled with your own or leave their mark in indelible ways. It's always unexpected and something that would leave you with a void if suddenly removed. My path recently crossed with such a spirit, whose ..in a word..vitality has been a fount of inspiration for me. You can't put this into words and maybe it needn't be but I am just grateful for the chance to know this person and to watch them bloom.

Thank you Maquenda.

I painted this without expectation of it ever going anywhere. I think more than anything I just wanted to paint something without knowing what would come of it. The bonus was that something did turn out and I had a great time seeing it through. Sometimes spontaneity reminds you why you love creating and sometimes you need to be reminded.

A random thought to add. When we look at birds and their not so infrequent abuse(;D) of the color spectrum, we regard it as natural..because it is. Mammals are not wildly colored and hence I think when we see fantasy depictions of mammalian animals garbed in vibrant pigments, we often can't bridge the gap of disbelief(and frequently to great effect). But, I guess that's why when I sought out to paint her, I pictured her feathered instead of furred -though this is a recurring vein in my work.

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tools: Photoshop and Wacom Intuos 2
Size: 6000x4100 at 300ppi
Time taken: Done over the course of a week
Prints: yes C: over yonder: spiramirabilis.storenvy.com/ : Spira Mirabilis Store
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Other places you can find me:
spiramirabilis.tumblr.com : Tumblr for sketches and wip’s!
twitter.com/Balaa_art : Twitter
www.facebook.com/balaaillustra… : Facebook: Works in progress, commercial, sketches, and more!
spiramirabilis.storenvy.com/ : Online Store: Prints, originals, and more
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:iconbranka-johnlockian:
Branka-Johnlockian Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is outstanding artwork :clap:
Love it :love:
Unfortunately, I had to find out that this piece did not
belong to a group on FB LavenderMoon. It did mention you as artist, but
did not credit you with a link as well :(
Thanks to Gwyneth ( Pendragon-Arts ) she pointed it out to me.
(There's a link in the comment of hers below)
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Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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Branka-Johnlockian Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
My god... this is amazing... soooo beautiful... I am so happy I found it but sadly I did because it is stolen on FB and I searched out the artist. It is listed here on FB along with tons of other work from other great artists: www.facebook.com/LavenderMoon4…
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pravinnavle Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Very beautiful :)
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Rachel---Noel Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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drawn2pencils Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
"Done over the course of a week" well when you breathe your creations I guess that's possible.  Stunning.
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non-solliciti Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016   General Artist
This is absolutely stunning!!! :D
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:iconmyzeth2008:
myzeth2008 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
This is gorgeous
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Alex-Harrier Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Student Filmographer
hey! I don't know if you know or mind, but I found this on a wallpaper website, wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i… ,
and I thought that maybe I should pass it along. It might have been posted by you, but maybe not?

anyway, This is amazing and I think you deserve to be credited!
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015   Traditional Artist
Hello! I've included this wonderful piece in my journal art feature here! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!a
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peacedove101 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Love it
Blessings
Irene
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:iconraniaelsayed:
raniaelsayed Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
.Amazing
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:iconsoniamanga:
soniamanga Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
magnifico
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:iconpolichon:
Polichon Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
My favorite amongst my favorites ! My heart started racing after seeing this drawing the first time ! So moving. Love it, and love you for it !Heart 
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Kornight Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015

Clap  Amazing color, so beautiful! 


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:iconusunk:
Usunk Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student General Artist
This is so beautiful ;__;
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Skyfyr Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
* GASP *  ....................Amazing !!!!!!!!!!!! 
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JadeEclypseDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The colors of this are absolutely wonderful... it's just so startling and eye catching. 
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:iconpamilysoul:
PamilySoul Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015   Digital Artist
Wow, i love it!
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BladeMaster667 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the use of feathers instead of fur
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:iconshuukhete:
ShuuKhete Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Hi :)
I love this art so much that i would made a pastel of it. Can I do this ? It's not for sell, juste for hang in my house x)
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purpletophatman Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome
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Lunewen Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
50x34cm ?! O___O It's really big !! I would so much like to buy it ! This piece is one of my favourite by you, we feel the inspiration, and perhaps something like "pleasure of painting" or "love"... I don't really know. Lost in the spring mists of a cool morning... 
I would see this masterpiece amaze my wall.
If one day you print it 50x34 cm, how much would it cost ? Would it be a project for you ? (If ya, I'll start to save money for this day *_*)
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ilovemyhusky Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Breathtaking, everything about this piece inspires me. The eye, the feathers, the purple! I just can't take my eyes off of it. Thank you for sharing it with us. Clap +fav 
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RedEyesAddie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Very beautiful. Great colors.
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Jewlgurl Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014   Artist
Beautiful concept...beautifully done!
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Sockeri Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! Just amazing work! Love it! Clap Clap :happybounce: La la la la 
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bayrozoma Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<3 <3 <3
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WolfMemories210 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is absolutely GORGEOUS.
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beestinqs Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
without birds or flowers, we'd probably never know how many colors truly existed. <3 
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:iconbenjaymine:
benjaymine Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student General Artist
the purple is such a risky colour in this amount but you managed to pull it off excellently! incredible work :heart:
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Tarantula-x Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god
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Marblesky Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love the colors that you used and all the details of this piece are simply flawless! So beautiful! :happybounce: 
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AngeliinaSwan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Gorgeous. There's nothing more to say...
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is absolutely gorgeous!! :D
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Jei-Dinofelini Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love how much detail you put into this drawing
the way you draw fur is just amazinng
I hope i will be as good as you one day....
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pixieboots Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
She took my breath away! I think I could stare at this piece for hours and keep finding new details to lose myself in!!
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EastyBug Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the transition from fur to feather is just flawless and amazing <3
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blueprince312 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can i draw this one sir?? pleassseeee [EXO] Kris ''Legit'' Crying Emoticon 
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MagnaCartaMarch Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Wow. This is absolutely amazing! Simply stunning.
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TimberClipse Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This is truly wonderful and, it amazes me that you did this in just a week. Really incredible!
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Jakemono Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014   Digital Artist
AWESOME!
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Pumagami Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this soooo much 
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Mercy-kun Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
This is amazing! :o <3
The fur looks really soft and the colours are beautiful! <3
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Wolgron Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
This looks really good man. You have amazing talent.
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wolfgirl4565 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
wow... just wow
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333aspirant Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
c'est beau vraiment
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tupsukorva Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning, as always. My eyes widened at first sight :)
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