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Below the Surface by puimun Below the Surface by puimun
The depths of a wishing well.

"Below the Surface" - 8.5x11 prints ($16.95), 11x17 prints ($26.50), Original Painting ($1500.00): www.shadowscapes.com/image.php… (Also lots of closeup shots!)
Blog post on the process: shadowscapes-stephanielaw.blog…
Medium: Mixed - watercolor, ink, on Strathmore lightweight illustration board
Size: 17x10 inches
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:iconladywinter:
LadyWinter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
:faint: This is brilliant! There are so many details and elements. It is a stunning piece! :love:
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:icongaiamethod:
Gaiamethod Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is beautiful!!!! I love the soft colours. 
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:iconduques:
Duques Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Amazing view of a well! It's like two worlds.
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:iconmendicant:
Mendicant Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Artist
Neato! Dig the colors. :D
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:iconmebeme14:
mebeme14 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, how wonderful and magical. And there's so much narrative. Love it!!!
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:iconlwolfe24601:
LWolfe24601 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is a great concept, and the details are amazing.
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:iconunveilpure:
unveilpure Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
very interesting and beautiful
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:icontwistedalyx:
TwistedAlyx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ooooh I love the bones.
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
This is lovely, Stef, and I really like the story it tells. I started to write a longer comment the other night, and I klutzed out and lost it. :D Seniors with post hospital brains don't always write well. :D
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
hehe, that's okay. :D
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:iconthecorpsehaspetals:
TheCorpseHasPetals Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I really love this. It holds sentimental value for me because it reminds me of the worlds and fairies me and my sisters would imagine up when playing. It's whimsical and bright, yet still seems to hold some sort of sinister value to it without being too overbearing with details. It makes me want to start writing a fantasy story.
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! And it's an honor to be of inspiration
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:iconj-ticker:
J-Ticker Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just amazing!!
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:iconcindysart:
CindysArt Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
OMG!!!! Your work are amazing!!!! I love it! :love:
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:iconh-johanna:
H-Johanna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had to translate 17X10 for me in centimeters, but I'm amazed with how many details you puct on a relatively small surface. I love the trees and skeletons. beautiful.
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
very small brushes. :)
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:iconclare-dragonfly:
Clare-Dragonfly Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Wow... what an amazing idea. That one dragon creature didn't make it out, did it?
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:iconfaerie2304:
Faerie2304 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013

Whow... one of my favorites from now on!

 

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:iconizzybr:
izzybr Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
stunning work!! :D
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:icontreyos:
Treyos Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm... what lurks beneath?  Layers upon layers.

Beautifully done!
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:iconblossomblizzard:
blossomblizzard Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
So stunning! Have you ever thought of filming yourself while doing your lovely paintings? I for one would like to watch. :D
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
nope. :)
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:iconclaersoap:
claersoap Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
BEAUTIFUL!!!?! <3
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:iconkaterina-art:
Katerina-Art Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
youre such an amazing watercolor paintress dont know how you do it adding so many colors ad keeping them so natural looking
usually if i do that mine end up looking  muddy :giggle: ...something i'm not doing right , but yours are flawless beautiful work :clap:
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
have to be careful not to let the colors mix when they're wet, to avoid the muddiness.
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:iconkaterina-art:
Katerina-Art Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks stephanie will try and remember that I'm, always in haste I
mostly do pencil work and have to remember to  take my time when painting :),
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:iconlullanonsesong:
LullaNonseSong Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous!

I was wondering how you painted in the skeletal creatures. Did you use a water resistant coating over the areas that you didn't want to be painted over, or did you just use a really tiny brush? The texture in the roots is amazing, and it looks completely consistent throughout.
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I use white gel pen, as well as painting around. I don't like using masking fluid, as the edges are always too harsh and jagged to me. You can see a little bit what the initial texture stages look like here: shadowscapes-stephanielaw.blog…
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:iconlullanonsesong:
LullaNonseSong Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome, thanks for telling me :) You have incredible skill as a painter.
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:iconshriss:
Shriss Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so amazing, love it
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:iconvelikod:
velikod Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Very interesting. The first think that came to me is that the well symbolizes the subconciousness
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:iconkatanahiryuu:
KatanaHiryuu Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
your style is soooooo good!
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:iconmiyusuke:
miyusuke Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
wow!  that's the coolest thing i've seen in a long time
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The creature in the depths reminds me of you sea serpent from some years back (the poster is hanging over my desk at home).

The blocks in the wall suggest one might climb down into the well and safely return.  The creatures and skeletons suggest otherwise.  And the lady, is she a fellow wisher and seeker, or is she the Lorelei/Siren/Mermaid luring the unwary to their death?  The green of her long dress (does it conceal legs or tail?), the green of the lure, and the green of the serpent creature make me think the latter.

I expect there are more steps leading toward the well than returning from it.
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, you're right, it is reminiscent of that dragon.  Didn't even notice that myself.
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:iconredsailor:
redsailor Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   General Artist
Wow, the more I look at this, the better it gets! I love all of the little details with the fossils and the watercolor effects. Nice. 
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:iconk-wonderland:
K-Wonderland Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

When I look at your artworks everything else disappears, I love fantasy world and enjoy being there all day long :D , the colours you use for your fantasy world are so relaxing and peaceful ...

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LizanaBee Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wonderful! I love all the smaller details (fossils and such in the ground especially) that show up as you keep looking... and while I love dragons, that goldfish is adorable. :aww:
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm kinda fond of that little guy myself. :)
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:iconlizanabee:
LizanaBee Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Just keep swimming... just keep swimming... swimming swimming swimming...
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:iconmaabu:
Maabu Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Awesome, like all of your works (:
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Philotanus666 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice
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Emisferosinistro Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Amazing!! I love the composition, and those bones and fossils add more mystery and atmosphere :love:
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:iconitsnotanowl:
itsnotanowl Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
You've almost managed to depict one of my childhood nightmares which I still can't forget. It's haunting (but beautiful of course).
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
hehe, sorry!
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xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Holy, exquisitely fantatsic! The Wishing Well looks stunning and The Characters are incredible! The creatures,water, scenery, plant life, fossils, expressions, colors, lighting, style, and other details are also wonderful! Magnificent work! :iconiheartitplz:
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:iconninnuma:
Ninnuma Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks amazing
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:iconcazzyrose:
CazzyRose Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
What a beautiful imagination you have.
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wicked.  ;)  The bones are both beautiful and unsettling - they imply to me that the dragon and fish are of a long line of denizens trapped beneath the well.

Reminds me of a story [fragment] I wrote LONG ago.  Only there was a huge old serpent in the well, and the bones were of sacrifices offered to him.  ;}
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