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Essence of Beauty by puimun Essence of Beauty by puimun
Inspired by the story of Yeh-Shen, an ancient Chinese variant of our more familiar Cinderella tale.

Size: 11x15 inches
Medium: Watercolors
Prints and original available [link]
Detail closeups [link]
Related blog entries (sketch and story) [link] and [link]
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:iconmissindependant24-7:
MissIndependant24-7 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Its a very beautiful and delicate painting
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:iconstryder642:
Stryder642 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very graceful and ethereal; lovely sensitivity to the subject; the sense that she stands at the center of the mystical swirling spirals, ... moving both inward and outward while also maintaining balance ... nicely done.
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:iconcp2505caroline:
cp2505caroline Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW-love your work, absolutly stunning. Thanks and good luck!
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Atrapado Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in love with how your mind works or more like... how your mind feels... awesome stuff for this piuece as well! very soulful :)
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:iconatrapado:
Atrapado Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how you heart feels* and.. Piece" gosh the typos...
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:iconbasicwater:
basicwater Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
this is wonderful!
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:iconpinkrose1975:
pinkrose1975 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
great!
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:iconxxxdecayxxx:
XXXdecayXXX Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
wonderful!!!!
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:icontsukitan:
tsukitan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Hehhe.. I like seeing your paintings inspired from Chinese folktails. It really gives me the chance to to find out more about it, and more about my heritage.
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VXthinkwinkXV Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the movement and colors. Great job, as usual.
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:iconbertmarisecret:
Bertmarisecret Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
so very beautiful !!
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:iconinversidom-riot:
Inversidom-Riot Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
So beautiful!
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:iconlililulila:
Lililulila Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Lovely Colors!
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:iconbleuberry333:
bleuberry333 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!!!
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:icondawasaki:
dawasaki Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
it's amazing
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:iconmusical-apples:
Musical-Apples Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
just beautiful!
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:iconnenuiel:
nenuiel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
I have said everything possible about your work, by this point. Another gorgeous piece. =D
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:iconpharaohesssetsume:
PharaohessSetsume Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish i could paint like this Lovely
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:iconredwineroses:
redwineroses Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
This is beautiful!
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:iconvaleka:
valeka Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So interesting! It was hard for me to see girl in first moment ;)
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:icontree-vixen:
Tree-Vixen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Gorgeous as always. I love the color scheme.
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:iconyukih:
YukiH Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
The closeup of the fish's mouth is so cute.
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:iconchicadelmar:
ChicaDelMar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful! I read the story of Yeh-Shen:)
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:iconpetitfee:
PetitFee Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
great work
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:iconf1nland:
F1nland Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Speechless! :jawdrop:
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:icondaniella27:
Daniella27 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
stunning!
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:iconfreedomafterlife:
freedomafterlife Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
How is it that you can produce a masterpiece every time? :clap:
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JulitaKaliostro Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Lovely))) :clap:
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:iconluvingsolitude:
LuvingSolitude Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Love this, great use of colours. Breathtaking
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work!
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:iconblackunicorn3000:
blackunicorn3000 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
great work!! pretty clean...
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:iconthe-silent-riven:
The-Silent-Riven Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Ah~so pretty~ |D Been a while since I read that legend. Makes me wanna read it again~
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:iconlindsaypearce:
LindsayPearce Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
That fish is amazing! My favorite part of this for sure!!
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:iconkiuslady:
KiusLady Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So lovely!
Though the whole piece is wonderful, I really like the color base you used :)
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:iconanikahtennyson:
anikahtennyson Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
wow stunning!
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:iconamarisa:
Amarisa Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
I think this story was retold by Donna Jo Napoli in the book Bound. This instantly reminded me of it.

That said, this is absolutely beautiful. ^_^
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:iconartbum1978:
artbum1978 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh my god Stephanie, how beautiful!
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:icondarktear83:
darktear83 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
wondrefull as always :)
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
just brilliant artwork, STeph!
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:iconlocationcreator:
LocationCreator Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
For some reason, probably amazing composition, the lines created seem to move as if the story could leap out and start. Amazing work!
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:iconsketcherjak:
sketcherjak Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Lookout Cinderella lady! Thar be giant carp!
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:icon3litza:
3litza Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student Interface Designer
and beautiful it really is... i especially love the little details in the hair and all of them fishies are just wonderful :3
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:iconemiana09:
emiana09 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
marvelous! colors are very beautiful and design perfect! i love it
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:iconrebeccatripp:
RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Your art never fails to amaze me! It's so beautiful and delicate! Well done.
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:iconspiffy-hockeystick:
Spiffy-Hockeystick Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
I grew up with Yeh-Shin; thank you for doing this! It was always my favorite of the Cinderella stories.
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:icondj-devi-c:
DJ-Devi-C Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
moisture is the essence of wetness... and wetness is the essence of beauty.
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:iconwhite-fox-spirit:
White-Fox-Spirit Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this is so beautiful!! I love the colors! have you ever thought of doing one of Zhang Xian and his enemy the tiangou?
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:iconcraziechic20:
craziechic20 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Beautiful work and I love the detail =]
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:icondementiastitches:
DementiaStitches Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
So lovely.
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EclecticEcho Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Truly beautiful!
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