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The Garden by Minnhagen The Garden by Minnhagen
This painting is an attempt to illustrate the eternal interplay between order and chaos. I wanted to highlight Human Experience; wild, dramatic and beautiful, within the context of a universal structure - an all-encompassing orderliness, stone-hard and timeless.
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Sweet-Clouds Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Incredible. I like how the angel statue looks.
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KurtReonis Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
What a serene place. The canopy of leaves overhead and the flowers bursting with color provide a great contrast with the regal statues.
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SteamHead1880 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply, jaw-dropping!
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Serafin-Adamana Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It looks like the angel is balancing in the middle of the surrounding statues... That truly is a remarkable, philosphical piece. Wonderful!
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dragonrosegem Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
I absolutely love your work and you are amazing.
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DeadDancers Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the pose, like she's walking on a tightrope or just a line in idle peace.
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DeathInAPinkBoa Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Very Beautiful.
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Irish-Mist Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Greetings from South Africa! I'm very drawn to this artwork ... perhaps because I've recently created a labyrinth in my garden that boasts two Angel statues and I also have a water feature/pond containing Koi & Goldfish. You've done extremely well in achieving your goal ... there's a hushed, serenity to this painting that shuts out the chaotic world ... you've created a striking balance of stillness represented by the statues with movement in the background coming from the falling leaves of Autumn. You've captured a moment in time, forever framed in a secret garden. Beautiful & infinitely appealin. :)
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Andra-Thea Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Hi! Your lovely painting has been featured on my poetry blog here:[link]

The way the stone angel seems to enthrone the small universe of the garden is very eloquent. Dramatic and calm, wild and structured, momentary and eternal all at once. :)
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ashatrya Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
it's wonderful, looks like real painting.
and... my first thought was "don't blink!" ))
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CosmicFalcon-70 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
I love this...so mystical :)
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Wanderingskorp Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Beautiful...
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yudaofeng Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This painting, so beautiful!
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AmCiuperci Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
This should get a DD.
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negrothic Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
BEAUTIFUL
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Onikuh Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Not just a gorgeous piece but you worded/described it beautifully as well.
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cocarat206 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's beautiful O.O
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SazerLite Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
A truly marvelous place to explore.
A job very well done!
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catforgiver Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh beuatifulll !!!!!!!!
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SwampLogger15 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, wow! This is beautiful!!! I love it!!! All the colors and details are sooooo beautiful!!!! :D
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Artemisa3000 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Amazing! The statues and everything!
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Aly081607 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
Stunning!
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Kyrosai Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Absolutely beautiful <3!
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Monsieur-Crasque Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Hur...hur kan man göra så vackra illustrationer? O__O
Jag blir helt...helt överväldigad.
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BrookeXoxo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
wow!!! your amazing!! I can really capture the feelings you want to express!!!
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oilart Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
nice
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GhostSender Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
absolutely fantastic...
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untermbettheuer Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
wonderful!
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love1008 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
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DoomedDesigner Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
:wow:
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littlesacar Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Student Artist
omg the light... SO so good...
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Ultima-eFFik Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Student
Oh my, I would fave it twice if only I could! Gorgeous! :heart:
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TomWilcox Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
Excellent!
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GuardianLord Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
You definitely have your own style of artwork that is very refreshing to see. You really have a great imagination, and I look forward to seeing what else you create.
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Velena-Gorosama Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
What program do you use for such strokes? Is that probably corel painter? what brushes then? Could you please make a tutorial? )))
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dfw-boy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
It's a fantastical piece!! I love it!!
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aaronpocock Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional General Artist
beautiful strtokes, wonderful lighting...lovely image!
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AkatsukiChild Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
You don't mind if I use your beautiful work as inspiration?! :excited:
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lena-attack Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
wow.
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Konjur Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
this is great...the color work on the bricks is especially nice
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konoesuzumiya Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008   Digital Artist
you're simply amazing. after looking at every deviation of yours I'd say this one is my favorite one :)
the way you capture the lighting and the scenery is perfect, and it gives off such a warm, earthly vibe. the statues look like they're going to come to life any minute!
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EverKiss Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOSHHHHHHH!!!!!!!


speakless

!!!!!!
just.....GOSHHHHH
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Cinquefoil Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
Beautiful. :D
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Blissful-Day-Dreamer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008  Student Writer
Wow...... That pretty much covers it; wow...
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pixal-perfect Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
Very beautiful!

While you have a great sense of landscape and spaces in all your submissions, including this one, what really sold me on this piece was the great contrast in it.

It's done in the really dreamy style of oils; which, so often, is highly evocative, but lacking in detail.
That is not the case here.
While the emotion inherent to the style is still there (Especially in the Autumn leaves!) you still managed to pull off a great amount of detail though out. I guess I'm not practiced enough to say whether that takes skill or imagination, but you pulled off something really cool with your technique!

Also, I found the outer statues really interesting. The Roman masculine ideal (especially with warriors) rarely allows for the expression of suffering. It's fascinating to see the aesthetic inverted like that. (Yes, I know I'm making a bit of an assumption on the statues. That is the impression I got, though, so please forgive me.) And, this juxtaposes even further with the serene female in the center.


...I'm starting to sound a bit like one of those beard stroking pompous art scholars who just like to hear themselves talk; so, I think I'll just leave you with this.
Great piece; looking forward to more!
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AleGreg Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
wooow thats very nice :heart:
I admire you =)
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WritingFiercely Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
i saw a vision like this, except everything was torn and ripped, and the statues were floating around with purplr lightning...i wrote two poems about it on here. very beautiful
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FingersCreateDestroy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
This might just be the best picture I've seen up here today; it really gives me motivation to want to get back to my own work. The background is probably the most interesting part; you've somehow managed to give it a feeling as both a flat painting backdrop and a full 3d entity as a seamless continuation of the fore-and-middleground elements. Very cool. I hope to see some of your artwork in big places someday, or at the very least, you continuing to create this awesome stuff.
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Socratim Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
very cool.
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Rainbow-man Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Man, your art is amazing. It's perfect proportionally, and the shading and lighting in the pics are superb. Keep up the good work; I'll be watching.
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