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CalidaandtheDiamond by PinkParasol CalidaandtheDiamond by PinkParasol
Calida and the Diamond
11x14 oil on Belgian Linen 
January 2014

For progress shots and a story: www.gallerygerard.com/blog/201…
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Utaleasha Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student General Artist
laaa!
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Foxy-Lady-Jacqueline Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stop creating such beautiful artwork, for it makes my eyes want to well up in tears of joy! (Seriously though, don't stop.) ;) How delightful this is! I really adore this painting!
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BoudiccaAmat Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A wonderful artwork -- I found it via this post --> bit.ly/1lZWbH8 ............. congratulations  xx
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philippeL Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fabulous!!!
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Autobiotic Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist
I'm really liking your style and the subjects you choose to paint. Very clever and very gifted.
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MangaShanPrincess Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Writer
Stunning artwork.
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Shane-Emeraldwing Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014   Traditional Artist
So pretty, words can not express how I felt when I first discovered this picture haha
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barmybritishbird Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! :-)
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Mika0740 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
!!!! Absolutely......!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
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ForeverCreative Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
This is so magical!!!
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SueMArt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely stunning. 
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Moonlight-Seraph Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The glow you captured in this painting is breathtaking, and the details are just exquisite! 
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MarinaRed Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Can I declare myself as your fan? I've seen your paintings even before I joined deviantART, and they are all so lovely, they make me want to cry.
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Whimsical-Artistry Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous!
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Oh my god this is lovely! :love:
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Christa-Kinde Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014   Writer
Magical in every detail. :heart:
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Phaedris Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Very close to perfection :heart: :deviation:
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byron7 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic synthesis
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:iconconnya:
Connya Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Stunning!
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BetweenAsleepAndWake Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work with the golden light.  The atmosphere is very enchanting. :heart:
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AmyBurton Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love that piece.
The light in this is very beautiful, soft and warm and yet bright and powerfull.
Also a lovely contrast to the more dark greenish colours and then the warm orange and yellow tones in the middle. It all together with that soft and nicely blended colouring giv the picture a wonderfull depth and contrast. Makes it interesting to look like but it's not to chaotic so it gives it a wonderful harmonic and relaxic feeling.
Really good work.
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
So beautiful!!!
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JaredTheDragon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Beautiful work, once again!
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BenjaminOssoff Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're really a master of creating a tense atmosphere, a variety of textures, and handling lighting. Very nice painting!
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Phaedris Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
My, I love this!  Where is this on display?  I think I might travel quite a way to see your artworks in person :deviation: :+favlove:
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Phaedris Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Aha!  I know what's wrong.  The light source is shining directly on her face, yet only the right side of her face and body are highlighted.  There should be light illuminating her outstretched left hand :)
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PinkParasol Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
O!  Thanks for the feedback <3
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FaerieShoppe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just beautiful! Can I share it on my Faerie Shoppe FB page? I'll credit you and link back, of course! ~ Audrea
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Dianote Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Lovely!
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist
Gorgeous
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rajdeepkotian Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Excellent :D
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llamadorada Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
i love it!
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such beautiful colours :D And I love the butterflies, their wings look so delicate and translucent :)
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Troetel11 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet!
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Nice.                                                                                                         Yui Hirasawa (Castanets Dance) [V1] 
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electricXangel Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Such a great idea :-), having the light come from the flower
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ejholik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This would look so great if it was painted on a wall inside a garden :)
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Another-Person Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. <3
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IceValaxy Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That's really amazing *u*
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mks5958 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Lovely!
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petronellavanree Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Beautiful artwork, love it!!!!!!!Heart 
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Y-Frost Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible <3 <3 <3
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goddessandmcmanus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
a d o r a b l e
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Gossamer1357 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
The light coming from the flower and the rays are amazing  and I love the fairy's hairstyle! I especially love the way it twists naturally.:) Beautiful!!!
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evix77 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Where is the diamond? Am I missing it?
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Phaedris Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
CALIDA AND THE DIAMONDA short story by Justin Gerard

Once there was a fairy named Calida, who was very beautiful. Calida was a very energetic fairy, who, like most fairies, did not love to work. Instead, she loved to dance, and she loved music, and most of all, she loved her mother. 

 

One day, Calida’s mother gave her a gift. “This is a magnificent jewel my lovely child,” her mother said, “made from a single star, that once fell to earth, and which I caught when I was your age, in a thistle leaf. And now, I give it to you to have as a treasure forever.”

 

It was Calida’s most wonderful and favorite possession. 

 

One night Calida heard a nightbird’s song. “What a beautiful melody!” she said to her friends. 

Then a joy began to overtake her and her little feet began to wiggle. Then her little knees began to wiggle. Then her whole body began to wiggle and she couldn’t help it; she had to dance.  And she and her friends leapt from among the cold clover and danced among the tall flowers. They danced and danced far into the night. 

They did not care that it had grown dark, all they cared about was the music.  It became so dark in fact, that they couldn’t even see.    

 

Then, as the night came to a close, the dancing finally came to an end. The first rays of the morning began to break through the trees.  

Calida exclaimed, “My diamond! It’s gone!” 

And they all saw that it was true! It was no where to be seen.  

Calida wept, knowing it had been lost somewhere amongst the flowers during all the dancing.  And as dawn broke, she went out to search for her lost diamond

 

Calida never found her diamond, made from a star; but she still searches for it each night.  

And if you watch for her, just before sunrise in the forest, you can see her tiny figure, as she goes out and opens each flower in the forest, one at a time, to look for her lost diamond. 

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evix77 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's amazing! I love this story :) And the picture goes great with it!
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creativemikey Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Photographer
Awesome work!
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FuyuNoTenshi Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very nice :) Good jod on the lighting, it looks very soft and gental 
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