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The Return by JustinChristenbery The Return by JustinChristenbery
33"x44" acrylic on canvas

**: Updated image, 12-9-08(taken w/ natural light on a cloudy day yielding much truer colors, though I find it is still difficult to get the harmony to sing digitally as well as it does with the original)

I've had way too much fun working on this and could go on for some time I'm sure, but I'm happy with it, and there's too much work remaining. Notice- the same techniques used in many of the most recent paintings to achieve an ephemeral water/sky abstraction become, in this piece, solid.

*Please full-view...I used nearly half a bucket of gel-medium in sculpting the waves before painting. (The high-gloss heavy gel medium, no pigment, went straight down over the work-in-progress photo posted recently.
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Given 2009-05-15
If the entrance to a new-born cosmos on an entirely uncharted plane could be carved out of dreams, aurorae, and lucid expression with brush and acrylic, this would be a fine representation. Behold: The Return by *OneLifeOneArt. ( Suggested by alexandrasalas and Featured by snowmask )
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thegrumpiehippie Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
Hey if I am interested in buying a print or copy of this piece, should I just do it through deviant art?
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haleyregister Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know what it is about this piece, but it almost makes me want to cry...in a good way. I don't quite understand the reasoning behind it, but the second I saw it, I felt a deep connection to it. I don't have much money, but I ordered a photo print because I felt drawn to it and couldn't pass up the chance to have it in my home.
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IyawKis Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Professional General Artist
Powerful. Love it.
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alycora Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! It reminds me of a crevice between a split iceberg during sunrise/sunset. Magical and breathtaking
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wutdahek Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woooooooww this is amazing
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Waluestos Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student Writer
Oh god... it is... magic!
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JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
;)  I wouldn't disagree... Aside from the first 15 minutes of work on the canvas, this piece led me right by the nose all the way to the last brush stroke. Thanks for being receptive.
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LadyX-ray Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
It is so hard to capture movement in a painting, but I think that you nailed it.
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KingOsama420 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
what an amazing picture, i love it
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JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thx!
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FireFlyBeyond Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Unbelievbly AMAZING !!
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LightLove1999 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
One word: Magnificent.
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CinemaRain Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
This. Is awesome.
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Angus4greenie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Great use of color . very nice
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Life-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Beautiful :) lovely use of colour
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vrakitaz Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
great textures! how long did all that gel medium take to dry?
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JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thx...maybe a day and a half?
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SwirlyPaisley Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love the way you built up the paint to create the wave-like texture on the ground.
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CharlotteVonBoen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's just amazing!
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KaosStar67610 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE this!
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SarahTooke Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
This is so beautiful, it takes my breath away. Thank you!
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CelebLhach Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
This is truly an amazing picture.
I could stare at it for hours - the colors are just so beautiful and unearthly....
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jessshizz Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
WHOA![link]
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enigmaticserenity Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
well i recently realized how aurorae, in addition to being incredibly beautiful, can look like so many things (like the bottom of a long dress, for ex.) and thus can be used to create really cool-looking allegories. then i realized that everyone else has already realized that..
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chat14 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I cant stop looking at it!!!!!!
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chat14 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
no words can be put down for this master piece!!!!!
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mindscapebd Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is really good, great use of colours and lightning and very nice composition. :)
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A-D-McGowan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Incredible composition
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Fabro18pb Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
unbelievable !Bravo!
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Your use of colour in this is really excellent. Keep up the great work! :)
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buzzito Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
this is stunning!
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amaranth333 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible! Mesmerizing!
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AstralFireAngel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
This is a very beautiful other-wordly picture. Soothing and peaceful Well Done!!!
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xDruchii Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Amazing use of colour.
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inklover Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
the colors are awesome.....the illusion of water is luscious
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ReveDeauMermaid Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
It's like sailing through icebergs into another world. Beautiful!
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7purpletangerines Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
beautiful
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escapist1901 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your beautiful work has been Featured here [link] :heart:
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freespirit-21 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
what's gel medium? I wish I could see this in person - it looks amazing!
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GarrettBrothers Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing water! colors are spectacular.
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MedievalDame Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist
very very interesting :)
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saroseknows Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
i REALLY love all your stuff, but this one resonates really well with me. i feel like i've actually seen this place in a dream. the sculpting of the waves and light/dark contrasts is amazing. stay with this please, i look forward to more :)
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cjheery Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh - and the texture is amazing.
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cjheery Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous. Especially given the work that went into it.
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Anubis0351 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
absolutely alluring.... great job
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iknowwatiwant Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
omg!! so cool!!i wish i could do that!!
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Mandi7MM Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Truley Amazing
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emmalee1193 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Gorgeous!
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mollynprecious Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
nice
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Ariasmelody Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
This is mezmorizing
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