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Vertical Aspirations by puimun Vertical Aspirations by puimun
Size: 10x16 inches
Medium: Watercolors
Detail views & Prints available: [link]
Sketches and related blog post: [link]

A lotus is symbol of purity, rising from the mud and muck at the bottom of a pond to spread untainted and beautiful petals to the world above. And the carp who swim endlessly upstream to attain the perfection of transformation into a dragon.
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:iconkurzemiete:
kurzemiete Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
amazing incredible :) !
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mothfly Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your lotus flowers are amazing Clap
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Nokkie213 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
lovely!!!
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:iconharriscraft:
harriscraft Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Absolutely stunning! The koi look so majestic :)
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KristenSpork Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   General Artist
I love the swirls and colors your works have. ♥ Very beautiful.
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This one makes me happy, Steph.
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:icontanith-larking:
Tanith-Larking Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
You always blow me away, Stephanie! xoxo
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:iconlicentiah:
Licentiah Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This makes me think of my mother <3
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KuKiChii Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Lovely !
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:iconlocodela:
locodela Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! I love the background!
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:iconlulu-kitty:
lulu-kitty Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
AMAZING
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:iconrebeccatripp:
RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello! I'm making a series of art videos about flowers, and I was wondering if I could include this piece in one of my videos. It would be set to an original classical-style composition (by me) about this flower. I'll be sure to credit you and link to your page if you say yes. Here's a link to see the kind of music it is: [link]
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:iconconnya:
Connya Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful.
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:iconanocht:
ANOCHT Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student General Artist
You inspire me so much! You're my favorite artist and I'm so excited about your new Between the Seams book! I have both Dreamscapes books and await for more amazing material :) Thank you so much for your awesome artwork :D
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm pretty eager about it too. :)
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DemonkittenXIII Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
you are definitely one of my favorite artists.
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:iconlisim96:
LiSim96 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
What a wonderful painting! I love the flowers, the spirales and the colours, everything <3, it´s just fantastic!
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Tree-Vixen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
*sigh* you never fail to inspire me with your work. such a beautiful representation of what the lotus symbolizes.
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:iconerinm31:
ErinM31 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
I've featured your lovely work in my journal: [link] :)
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rainbow-ninja Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
I really love this.
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Lalita17 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
ohmygoodness! this is gorgeous and perfect~~~~~ I adore it so much!!!:heart::love:
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Magically lyrical
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:iconechoicandroid:
echoicandroid Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Absolutely beautiful! I love the intricate meaning and symbolism in it
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:iconsaphireta:
saphireta Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
so beautiful ...the spirals, colours... concept..
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:iconastraldreamer:
astraldreamer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, so unsusual. and so peaceful looking.
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:iconwiccachickie:
WiccaChickie Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
I Love your work
It's amazing
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pdchua2 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
It's beautiful!
But maybe it would make more sense if the carp swim upward in the drawing, to imply that they're swimming upstream?
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:iconjrn-unknown:
JRN-unknown Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love the texture and color usage int his piece. Also the description
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:iconjrn-unknown:
JRN-unknown Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my bad i mean in this piece
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:iconvoidlazerill:
VoidLazerill Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Its so beautiful. The concept and image is very thoughtful and creatuive.
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glorious. :)
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:iconyennaeddlinson:
YennaEddlinson Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Very poetic. Gorgeous!
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:iconbetweenasleepandwake:
BetweenAsleepAndWake Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks like a dream :heart:
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:iconelven-hunter:
Elven-Hunter Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very beautiful and recognizable! I really like all your works, and your Shadowscapes Tarot is my most favorite deck at the moment... :)))
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ATinglesart Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're style is very unique and different, which makes it so recognizable, the colors you use are always so soft yet so delightful and the mood is very nice,
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:iconmakerofshinythings:
makerofshinythings Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
incredibly beautiful as always :D
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:iconnataly1st:
Nataly1st Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012   Digital Artist
So precious and awesome work!! :love::heart:
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:iconartist-in-the-forest:
artist-in-the-forest Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful, so peaceful
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:iconkatieconfusion:
KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Gourgeous stuff! And I'm loving all your symbolism :]!
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:iconlunael:
Lunael Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful. Those lotus are truly lovely
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:iconsmartmonkeee:
smartmonkeee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
so peace envoking.. it is a work of art that one could look at and feel soothed.
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:iconshirotsuki:
shirotsuki Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
This is gorgeous, I seriously can't get over your colors!
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footinadream Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student General Artist
beautiful! will you consider doing a tutorial or a time-lapse video or something of you painting? i would love to see how these things are created :)
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've been asked that, but not sure how I would manage it. I shift my painting around a lot as I work, so it would be hard to really video that.
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footinadream Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student General Artist
i'm not sure how to do it either :/ I wish I could tell you but I wouldnt know where to start. i'm such a watercolor noob though :) watching people use that medium is extremely interesting to me. :D
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riverotter7 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous!!!!!
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:iconartreborn:
ArtReborn Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Beautiful!
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dash-of-balder Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is breathtaking. <3
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:iconnicole-marie-walker:
Nicole-Marie-Walker Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So gorgeous, I love it!! As always. ^.^
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The-Winged-Warden Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Writer
Absolutely breathtaking.
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