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Where the Shadow Used to Fall by puimun Where the Shadow Used to Fall by puimun
Size: 19x29 inches
Medium: Watercolors
Detail views, original painting, and prints: [link]
Related blog posts with sketchs & in progress: [link] [link] [link]

We walked once where the shadow used to fall:
watched the eclipse blot out the sun,
and the streaming beams between the
pinhole gaps of leaves became
a cascade of glowing crescents across the ground.

Where the shadow used to fall,
the rain did not.
Dense, dry, fallen carpet of the years
pooled at the Giant's feet.
Blanket of crisp leaves and needles. Sap and compost.

My shadow falls, where its shadow used to fall;
and when the sun fades to my back,
I stand upon the hundred rings.
I reach my fingers up up UP to a ghost canopy.
The sunset melts amber sap down my shoulder blades,
down my spine.
And I watch as my shadow grows tall,
then melts into the shadow-less evening.
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Firiel-Archer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
You always have so much detail in your pieces, but the night-tree in this one catches my eye in a special way.
puimun Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
Caretaker-of-Myth Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
I love the clever use of space in this--how something that should be an exterior, the tree bark, becomes something like an interior, and invites the gaze past the exterior of the scene. Just draws it right in.

Not to mention the starry tree itself is beautiful. Yggdrasil? For some reason it reminds me of that.

Taken together or separately, all your works seem like they could tell a story. They all feel like scenes from a great epic, and this is one of my favorites. Your light, delicate, airy style, with all the details and your signature shells and foxes, even if I can't spot a fox in this one, is absolutely beautiful. If I were ever lucky enough to have a wedding, I'd happily commission you to paint something for it! Your pieces are perfect for solemn, beautiful, mystical moments, and they're all a joy to look at.
puimun Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! (And yes, I don't think a fox managed to wander into this one. :) )
VeroFalcioniArt Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kkamacho Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you are so talented!
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist
Soulfoxii Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow this is really amazing *_* :heart:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used your deviation's title in my Title Poem [link] . A thumbnail of the original is in the version linked in the comments, here [link]
saffronlungs Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
endless endless love
Zelemines Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Burn in hell :C
meandermind Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am as always in awe of your superb watercolour skills, well thought-out composition and attention to detail. Remarkable. The top left corner is my favourite part.
artesora Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student General Artist
The detail in this is absolutely stunning. You are such an amazing artist! :love:
Buntglas Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Very beautiful *__*
oipthebaker729 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anaivilo Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
mind blowing!!
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
WOW!!! A Stunning Masterpiece!!!
Amidamaru88 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
mind fuck
kungfoowiz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Saw the inspiration on your blog, I love your world =)
pandalemur Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
I will forever be in love with and enchanted by your work. It's been so great following your art for 10+ years. This one is probably one of the best I've seen.
KingDomEHeats Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
That is SO clever! I'm so impressed,water coloring is very interesting...and hard! I have some of your book so I can see where you used certain techniques. That however i haven't even had a chance to pratice them yet! I like the white deers and the moon against intense blue that get lighter as its branches out. I also like froilage details at the bottom. But I have to say that my absoulute favorite part is where the tree wrapes around the person in the tree a little it gives that extra mythical feel to it I think.

All in all I love your work and in a way I look up to you. I'm going to major in accounting and take art classes or practice my art while taking a accounting job. I hope this motivated you and is received in good faith.

Haha sorry for the long and odd comment and Thanks again for the wonderful work!
puimun Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Just don't let the accounting take over your life, and remember your love for art. :) It's easy to lose sight of it once you take a job.
KingDomEHeats Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Huh I can see how that can happen... I 'll do my best!:)
loppermagic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
it looks like the tree is smiling!
loppermagic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
catelee2u Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SephirothSpirit Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is absolutely breathtaking! I so wish I could paint like this, truly amazing!
bagira-chan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I love when you do weird stuff with the trees :D
RB-Illustration Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Digital Artist
This is incredible! It looks so delicate yet really full of movement. I love the colour pallette and the detail. ^^
Graehound Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Utterly gorgeous. Just, wow. *sigh*
footinadream Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student General Artist
wow, i LOVE that space tree!!! :D
ZaeavYeelell Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Before my husband and I were married we had a small private ceremony on our 10th anniversary (we were together a very long time before marrying). We gathered with just a handful of close friends and held a little ceremony at the local botanical gardens under the largest tree there, an English oak that I have loved for many, many years. I have memories of being a small girl and lying on my back on the grass under that tree, that enormous grandfather oak, and looking up at the sunlight glowing through its leaves and dappling me and the grass alike.

Then, a year ago, there was a terrible wind storm that ripped through the area. Many lesser oaks withstood tremendous damage and were cut down, but my grandfather oak remained. I was so relieved that this single tree, my grandfather wedding tree, still stood. A few months later, I returned to visit the gardens and found a huge raw patch in the grass where my tree had stood. I ran to the naked earth where it had been and I was so stunned by its absence that I wept. I knew the tree must have been cut down recently because they hadn't even patched over the place where it had been with new grass. I asked the gardners there and they told me that the windstorm HAD damaged my tree, far more severely than had been visibly evident, and that because of this the tree had slowly begun to die. It had been cut down preemptively, to prevent further damage to the grounds.

You have captured perfectly my sadness, the longing for that great tree. That tree held sway over the gardens like an emperor in his court, like a beloved and respected grandfather over all his family. And it is so wrong that I, a woman only, should have outlived such a mighty tree, who was strong and over 100 years old. My wedding tree. My grandfather oak. I miss you.
puimun Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing that touching tale!
SeeSamSketch Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
You fit so many amazing things into one picture!
tstilson20 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't take it, I love this so much!
Iavas Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a wonderful picture and poem. It makes me sad, but in a good way.
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glory. :)
Your paintings are my finest dreamscapes brought to life.
Kamakru Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
I LOVE the feeling of this, a little more surreal - but I think that gives it so much allure, so fantastical. That blue just stands out in the piece like it were cut into the existence of the forest.
With it's size I feel like there are so many more details and textures that probably don't stand out as well on screen (as usual I suppose). Really like big pieces though =]
ssantara Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Stunning! I love this!
age-of-innocence Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't get over how much I love this piece! Beautiful work as always! :heart: :+fav:
Elhele Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is mesmerizing!!!
AnnieGitUrGuns Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This blows my mind. The amount of detail is amazing. There is so much to look at and each bit is perfect.
CazzyRose Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Stunning! I love the composition, it keeps my eyes delightfully busy in a loop through the whole picture. I love how there is always so much to look at in your paintings. I always feel like I'm looking through a window into a fantasy dimension and the world I'm looking at is oblivious to my presence and continues going about life.
Goldenwolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love, love, love!! Absolutely mystical and gorgeous!
DodgerThirteen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so different and yet so similar to your usual works. I love the starkness of the contrast between the tree and the rest of the landscape. Among your top, TOP works. I look forward to the next!
puimun Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
oh thanks! Yeah, my husband was saying this one's a bit more surreal than my others.
DodgerThirteen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I completely agree with him. Normally your works are very ethereal because of the water colours blending together, but this one definitely has that surreal quality because of the doorway nature of the tree.
Tintetsuro Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so beautiful
hallosse Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Is it the Wild Hunt?
puimun Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
a little bit.
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