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Beautiful Things by shironami Beautiful Things by shironami
Reality is a lovely place..
..But I wouldn't want to live there :meow:

This is for the Starbucks Frappuccino Contest! Everything here makes me happy..

Fantasy, beautiful women, long hair, brightly colored cloth, siamese cats, cetaceans, glowing things, music, pastries, fresh fruit, cherry cheesecake, drinking water, green flowers, huge leather-bound books, ruffles and lace, terra cotta, indoor plants, outdoor plants, palm trees, crystal water, oceans, beaches, desert oases, animals in general, real wood furniture, the moon and stars, clever kittens, mashrabiya windows, wisdom, sunlight filtering into dark rooms..

So many things! The owl and the fireflies are also a special shout-out to all of the music I listened to while painting, so much happiness :3 I hope you all like it! It was so good to paint again.

EDIT: I touched up a few things that bugged me and such, the most major being the window. I wanted the lattice to be more visible, and to darken the room a bit. Hopefully it still looks good to everyone~

POST-CONTEST EDIT :meow: : I'd love to thank you all individually, but now I have the smallest glimpse of the fan appreciation that those truly great artists out there on dA get. Thank you so much for all of your good wishes and congratulations. :dalove:
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:iconpatty6394:
patty6394 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
This is gorgeous. I love the bright colors, the girls face, and all the details of this painting.
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:iconstinglikabee:
stinglikabee Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! This is beautiful
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:iconshironami:
shironami Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:icontheskywolves:
TheSkyWolves Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning! Congratulations on the number two spot!
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dash-of-mystery Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011   General Artist
Stunning and so lush! I really love the colors. Congratulations on 2nd place! This is beautiful.
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WinterDarkmoon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on second place! I had hoped that you'd place as a finalist when I saw your entry as a semi-finalist! This is amazing. :)
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:iconkittykarren:
kittykarren Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
those lyrics are from owl city! yah! congrats for winning 2!
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:iconshironami:
shironami Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

Others may have noticed, but you're the first to mention it :D So you get a :cookie:!

The lyrics in the text are from The Real World of course, and the title is from Angels :meow: Ocean Eyes and All Things Bright and Beautiful were the only albums I listened to for the many hours of working on this picture :heart: Thus the owl and the fireflies!
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:iconkittykarren:
kittykarren Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
haha yay!
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:icondracoblues:
dracoblues Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Congratulations!!!
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:iconswiggyakane:
SwiggyAkane Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
congrats on getting 2nd in the contest!!
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:iconmartaemi:
MartaEmi Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Congrats, well deserved =)
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:iconn-dreamer:
N-dreamer Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student General Artist
congratss
soooo beautiful ! *u*
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:iconwendyfae:
WendyFae Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011   General Artist
CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconbettypimm:
BettyPimm Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is really lovely! congrats on 2nd place! (shoulda been first though!)
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:iconsilentclamity:
SilentClamity Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Congratz on winning second place! You're work is amazing!
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:iconbludrgn426:
BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
CONGRAJULAMATIONS!!
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:iconlazulelle:
Lazulelle Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
What? :lol:
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:iconneondemise:
NeonDemise Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Interface Designer
congrats this is gorgeous!
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:icontenko72:
tenko72 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Congrats! This is an awesome scene.
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations with the second place!
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:iconotakuayaka:
OtakuAyaka Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Congrats on 2nd place!
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:iconmistoflight:
mistoflight Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations!
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:iconforbiddenynforgotten:
Forbiddenynforgotten Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
whales!! :D this is so lovely! Amazing!! awesome work!
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:icongotea:
gotea Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on 2nd place! :dance:
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:iconsupergeek17:
supergeek17 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is so beautiful! The colors, the details-- everything is lovely. :rose:
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:iconshironami:
shironami Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:blush: Thank you kindly.
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supergeek17 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome. c:
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:iconsunlitmercy:
SunlitMercy Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow! this is just amazing work :heart:
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:iconoroshigane:
Oroshigane Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!
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:iconleawiggins:
LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Congrats on being one of the 50! Good Luck!
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:iconshironami:
shironami Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, here's hoping :3
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:iconkuroxrozexhitan:
KuroxRozexHitan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap: Amazing job!!!
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:iconshironami:
shironami Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly :bow:
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:iconkuroxrozexhitan:
KuroxRozexHitan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome. You deserve it. :nod:
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:iconzezkah:
Zezkah Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Amazing. I hope this wins!
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:iconshironami:
shironami Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks for the hopes, I shall add them to my own :)
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:iconmartaemi:
MartaEmi Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Congrats, you deserve it = )
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:iconshironami:
shironami Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :heart:
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:icondeadwinters:
DeadWinters Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
I love the water-whirlpool swirl at the top, it's like it's suctioned off from reality. It's such a beautiful piece how long did it take?
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:iconshironami:
shironami Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm.. It's always hard to say on total time, but a lot of hours spread over a week or so. I work pretty slowly :(

The water surface could definitely be the barrier between reality and fantasy :D But those canny dolphins seem to cross it with ease, so it seems you never can quite separate the two ;)
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:icondeadwinters:
DeadWinters Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Beautiful :3
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SkullKnockade Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student
I can't believe you...this is truly amazing! Each brush stroke looks so nice. Those flowers, fruits, the window frame, the plant, the girl's dress, the cats, ocean view, harp - they complete the picture! Masterpiece! :clap:
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:iconshironami:
shironami Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:blush: Thanks! Being able to create beautiful things for everyone to enjoy is really the happiest thing of all.
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:iconskullknockade:
SkullKnockade Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student
you're welcome! :)
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:iconbludrgn426:
BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
daaamn, a lot of work went into this one.
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:iconshironami:
shironami Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely :D But the best things in life usually come after much effort.
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micahgoulart Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This was one of my favorites. Great work.
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:iconshironami:
shironami Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I am glad you liked it ^^
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DancingCorgi Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is -amazing- Wow!!
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