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When you live in the forest and you're surrounded by thousands of trees, decorating a tree for Yule seems kind of silly. After all, how would you choose which tree to decorate? So the inhabitants of the forest decided to decorate Solstice, the gryphon. She doesn't seem to mind, and all the animals are having fun finding decorations.

The crows, though, I think they chose their own 'tree.'

This is my holiday card this year. You may recognize this gryphon as being the one who was on my card for last year. I decided this would be my 'Yule gryphon," and she'll probably appear on my card for each year in one way or another. Her name, fittingly, is Solstice.

The original painting is also available on my Etsy shop: [link]


Watercolor over ink, 7.25X10 inches on cold-press Arches
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:icontrottingperyton:
TrottingPeryton Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Solstice, that sounds like a cool name. Plus she seems to enjoy being decorated or at least tolerate it. She must feel like she's being pampered.
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:iconlostgryphin:
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
<3 Amazing details!
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:iconbaneeden:
BaneEden Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh how cute^^ :heart::heart:
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:iconellofayne:
Ellofayne Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my gosh this is SO CUTE! I get exactly what you mean, great idea, and I love the way you portrayed it! The fox looks so sneaky haha!
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:iconvikingjon:
vikingjon Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Featured here: [link] Happy holidays! :holly:
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:iconchotabear:
chotabear Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
This story is really sweet and Solstice is a beautiful gryphon !!!
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:iconnight-howler77:
night-howler77 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Wow u draw birds very good how long did it take you to draw this good.
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:iconwintersmagic:
wintersmagic Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, featured:[link]
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:iconstrongbear:
StrongBear Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Awsome!!
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:iconvampyre-lover:
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Gorgeous!!!
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:iconwolfdancer2:
wolfdancer2 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Aw! I totally really love this :heart:
The Gryphon is beautiful.
And I love that little crow with the leaf-crown on its head. :D <3
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:icondragonling140:
Dragonling140 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Nice! :)
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Your lovely card got here safe and sound, hon; thank you!! :hug: :heart:
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay, I'm glad it finally arrived (if a bit late for Christmas!).
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:iconmetallicsnow:
MetallicSnow Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:D How creative and splendid! I love this ^^
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmetallicsnow:
MetallicSnow Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ;)
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:iconmustingel:
mustingel Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Heya sweets!
Hope you dont mind but you- an amazing
artist- have been featured in my humble little journal!
If you want to check it out, just go here : [link]

Happy holidays and take care!
Hope you didnt mind the feature :D
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) I don't mind at all.
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:iconmustingel:
mustingel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww you are more than welcome!
It was a pleasure to feature an
amazing art from even more amazing artist
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:iconchatonrose:
ChatonRose Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the fox's expression. Very nice!
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:iconghost-eye:
ghost-eye Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Lovely detail!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:icontnhawke:
TNHawke Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
really, REALLY cool!
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:iconthepyf:
ThePyf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Great job! *-*
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:icongreylight-s:
Greylight-S Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
That looks like fun being all decorated for christmas. I think she fits the holiday spirit perfectly! It looks like some of the animals decided to decorate each other or themselves as well. :)



Greylight S.
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahah yeah, those crows always think they're better than everyone else. :D Thanks!
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
haha, that is adorable!
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:iconapeman505:
apeman505 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very handsome! :)
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
*picks up jaw off floor*
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh my! I didn't think it could get any better than last year's card with the lovely branches full of snow. This is so adorable and inventive! You weren't exaggerating when you said there'd be a ton of woodland creatures! I friggin love crows, especially the one with the holly garland on his head. XD It'll be fun to see how Solstice evolves next year!
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:iconkinggiantess:
KingGiantess Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
How festive! :3 So cute, Solstice seems to enjoy this.
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:iconkatiehofgard:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is so beautiful.... I love the plethora of birds, and your feather textures are always wonderful! Great background, great character design, just awesome! =D
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:iconel-lobizon:
El-Lobizon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist
Marvelous illustration, I admire a lot how you manage the colors ^^
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Hira--Akami Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
very cute. For some reason, I wish there were cardinals, though. I love cardinals.
although I can see from a compositional standpoint where they would pop out too much.
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:iconzephyrwolfen:
zephyrwolfen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
That's stunningly beautiful, and such an unusual concept! A christmas gryph - every house should have one! ^^ :D
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:iconimako-kun:
Imako-kun Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Beutifully chirstamsful <3
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :3
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:iconarna:
arna Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
How pretty! Will you be selling prints of it? My Mom is a huge Christmas decorating freak and this would be perfect for her.
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, I have prints up right now, actually: [link] I have from 4X6 up to 8X12, plus the greeting cards. I've already ordered some for myself to send to family and friends. :D
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:iconarna:
arna Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! And affordable enough where I could probably pick up a cheap frame for it too. (No need to get spendy on a frame for something that'll spend most of the year in the attic after all.) Thanks!
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:iconbonbon3272:
bonbon3272 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, your use of watercolor in this piece came out really well. Great holiday colors and lineart. Me like!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Red and green can be challenging if you don't throw some other colors in there. :D
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:iconbonbon3272:
bonbon3272 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Complimentary colors are the best!
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:iconpantherstar613:
PantherStar613 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
They all look so happy :aww:
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahahah I was almost worried that I made it like something out of an episode of Barney or something. Everyone is happy without a care in the world. :D But then I thought...the holidays are ABOUT happiness and being carefree. Or at least they're supposed to.
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Bethie-Bathory Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh this is beyond cute xD I love all the little details, i laughed out loud at the crows xD

I help my friend look after his disabled crows, maybe we should give them christmas decorations and see what they do with them...xD
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh neat. :D Ahahah I would imagine they might do some interesting things with ribbons.
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love all the details you put into your images! <3 :wow: And aww, she's all wrapped up like I was once! XD [link]
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Awwh that's adorable! I love all the names. And you always surprise me with your crispness and detail. See, it's just more fun to adorn a gryphon than a tree sometimes. :D
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