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Since I can't watermark this per the rules of the contest, I'm not uploading the master file. Should I be so lucky as to place, I will gladly send the file privately to the appropriate parties.

"Release II"
8 x 10"
Acrylic on canvas board

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Thank you ahead of time for any favorites and comments!

This is my entry for the "Beautiful Creatures" contest. I've not had time to participate in a DA competition for a good long while, so I enjoyed sneaking this piece into my schedule. Thanks to a monstrous three-day headache, the painting isn't quite what I envisioned, but I don't want to run out of time to submit it.

Since Lena has spent her life wondering what she will become--a light or dark caster--I wondered if perhaps, after so long and so many worries, the actual answer might matter less than finally having one. There are times and situations when even a negative outcome can be welcomed by virtue of the conclusion and the closure it offers. In this case, though the light and the stars signal which side has claimed her, Lena's expression is ultimately one of relief, of knowing at last... of release.

Reference courtesy of the "Beautiful Creatures" asset pack.

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Wonderful work,my dear friend!!:love::clap:
Ellygator Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the gentle shimmering star-light reflections in her eyes and hair. She looks beautiful - contemplative, and perhaps a little wistful. The best of luck for the contest!
Zak05 Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful job !:clap:
Zak05 Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!:heart:
MelodyNieves Jan 18, 2013   Digital Artist
This is so pretty, love the sparkle :iconlove--plz:
TheDivineMissM-94 Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry about your migraine, but it still turned out beautifully :love:
Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great in the competition :)
Thank you for all of the above. My head is finally back to normal, which will hopefully be the case for a good long while! Winter tends to be the worst for me.
TheDivineMissM-94 Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome, and I'm so glad! I have a lot of trouble with migraines so I know how debilitating they can be. I'm the opposite, the Australian summer gives me so much trouble! Hopefully the warmer weather will reach you soon :)
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