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Protect Me by windfalcon Protect Me by windfalcon
Things have been a bit difficult lately. I started this painting after having a really, really upsetting day, and from the moment I started drawing to the second paint hit paper, it became such wonderful therapy - the type that can only come from art. This painting actually took a lot longer than usual, as I didn't want it to 'end,' but eventually it was complete, and now here it is.

The title comes from a desire I had on that day to just be protected. I just wanted to be curled up in a pair of strong wings and shielded from all the negativity and fear. I hope if any of you are feeling afraid or in pain, that this painting will give a bit of light and hope to you.

Watercolor and colored pencil on illustration board, 7.75 X 10.5 inches

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spocha Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, everything about this painting is just... The emotion, the clean shapes and subtle stylisation. And how you used, like, all the colours in the world without making it look garish. <3
lacy-jo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I'm inspired. :) I love the warmth. It's special.
XWhiteWolfv Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me feel very relaxed and at peace :) 
AzureMischief Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. Wonderful therapy that brings wonderful results, indeed. :) Love how the whole piece turned out, love every detail, and the comment.
G-SJ Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! Love all the colours and feeling in it
alvringer Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. Art can be such a good therapy :) This is very beautiful and relaxing to look at. The colours and detail on the feathers are amazing. 
bailmint Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning! I was the blonde girl that was at your panel at FTM :3, I knew it was you because I saw the little falcon doodles on the whiteboard. I got lost during your 'math lesson' though o-o.
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahahah the math lesson during the mat cutting demonstration!  Sorry! I tried to keep it simple but mat cutting math is the sort of stuff that's hard to explain on a whiteboard - it's easier when you have a visual and are working through the math yourself.
Lenoa-of-Elacas Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This entire picture is gorgeous. The lighting, the colors. I always love traditional media pictures like this.
MovieLover8Jurassic4 Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Student Writer
Do you do point commissions?
windfalcon Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
No, I'm sorry, I don't. :)
MovieLover8Jurassic4 Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Student Writer
Wonderful. Reminds me of Jesus. So awesome. I can deffinatley feel the emotion from this painting. So lovely!
Rinny-Roo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow... this is so beautiful and touching. Thank you so much for sharing this. <3
LuckySpirit14 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 8, 2015
This is absolutely beautiful! I love it!Heart Heart

Tackling hug Hug hugs to you!
kimy-shan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
wuuuuuuuw, I really loves details on wings! :3
JodyS Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
LOVE, in fact, I love ALL your work :) 

Have sent you a note
Flight-Level Featured By Owner Edited Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! The design and coloration is simply magnificent. The colors seem to radiate into a nice soft glow. It portray emotion beautifully.

I do hope that you are feeling better. I understand how art can be a great way to calm negative emotions. Excellent work with this! :D
Kirschchan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you're feeling better. Just seeing this made me feel inspired and the warmth, so all the feelings you got from painting it must have really helped.
Digital-Quill-Studio Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This picture is gorgeous. The coloring is wonderful and I can see a the full spectrum. Those emotions though. You somehow managed to make birds with realistic anatomy look like they portraying emotions. Quite strongly on top of that. 

Seriously lovely picture~
AMNSonikku Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
its amazing =DD
GoodSpiritWolf Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
EXQUISITE - DIVINE - INSPIRED, thank you for bringing this beautiful and amazing creation to life. David
Cuthillius Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What was colored pencil at what was watercolor?
windfalcon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I used a little colored pencil to pop some of the colors and some of the details in the leaves, mostly.
Cuthillius Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay. Thanks. :)
SavageTemptress Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I simply love the coloring and shading of the feathers! They are gorgeous. :heart:
PinkoPrint Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Awe, this is so beautiful! The colors are wonderful.
zaENDle Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing. The colors really strikes my attention. This is a beautiful work man :D
nati11184 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So cozy x)
dragonartist5 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm trying to really work on my writing. And again, this piece is amazing! :) (Smile) 
dragonartist5 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your piece so much! At times, I do wish I could be shielded from the evils of the world. deepbluejupiter, I took it upon myself to write a little story to this piece. I hope you like it! 

The little gryphon awoke from her slumber, adrenaline rushing through her small body, her heart beating fast in her chest. She recalled the nightmare she had just experienced, and claws of fear threatened to tear at her once again. A light brush of feathers against her hide caused to her to leap away, but the sight of her mother’s face calmed her. “Come, my little one.” The gryphon whispered soothingly, enfolding her baby in her vast wings. “I will protect you.” 

windfalcon Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, that's wonderful! :) You really expressed that sense of fear soothed away.  Thanks for sharing!
JoryRFerrell Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Artist
Awesome colors and concept...How much would you charge for a piece like this?
windfalcon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
A piece of this size and medium would be about $300
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice.
deepbluejupiter Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The only thing that could make this work of art better is the story you gave to accompany it. While I'm very sorry to hear you were in distress, what a beautiful and poetic product of that emotion...
teonova Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
So beautiful, truly inspired :)
Skerkrou Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful, I'm lost in words...
SepiaWren Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous. The panoply of colours in the feathers and the flowing lines work perfectly together to create something at once ferociously wild and elegantly stylised. Brilliant!
ArtKosh Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
the BRILLIANT one!

so lovely detailed feather!

and so decorative style,

just so pity about the tail - it doesn't deserve to be cut off!
NatalieOlenska Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
<font><font>AMAZING.Just wow.</font></font>
soler7 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Nice work
Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
This is stunning, love the details and colors.
imperial-illusion Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this might be... the most beautiful thing I have ever seen... Heart  ever
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you :3
Stanislava-Korn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh my God... It's AMAZING!
GTURTLE123 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I cant stop looking at this, such a beautiful painting :)
TreeWyrm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
This is a gorgeous picture, a lovely idea and it's very inspiring. Hope things are better for you than on that day, but I guess sometimes people make amazing things when they are at an emotional peak and sadness made you make something beautiful. I don't think that means trauma is good, but I do think it means that if only we have an outlet, there is a way to shape trauma into something useful or amazing, so what we go through is not for nothing.
dreameroftheblue Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that feel... Glad you overcame it! :glomp: 

Not to mention this is unbelIEVABLY PERFECT WOW

Like all the colours and the feathers look so cool and I just :faint:

really would love a print ahh
Barbareola Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
I just love it. The colors, the theme - it is very touching. Hope you're better now, btw.
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