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Bitter Nectar by MJWilliam Bitter Nectar by MJWilliam
I'm on a mission to finish all the oil paintings I began last year. Or was it two years ago? Crap, time flies.

Anyway, this is the completed version of this: [link] . One down, a dozen to go. This one was no picnic. Made me remember why I stopped painting on canvas and thinning my paints with linseed oil. Not only is it a pain, the scans look like crud. For which I apologize.

Methinks it's back to nice smooth illustration board and stinky chemicals for me! :evillaugh:

Oil on canvas, 11x14". Closeups: [link]

This piece is heavily rooted in Buddhism. The helmet is referenced partly from an ancient Buddhist statue, the jewel on her forehead is Buddhist, and the tattoo on her hand is the Endless Knot, one of the Eight Auspicious Signs, which symbolizes the unity of wisdom, great compassion, and the illusory character of time.
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This illustration looks really beautiful! I really love how you did the colouring in her hair and the way how you did the tattooing in her body! You coloured her very well! :hug:
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MJWilliam Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :hug::heart:
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AmandaMache Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful. The highlights on her face, the jewelry, the shapes, everything. I love the bright blues you put in the piece and the skin tone is even throughout the painting, which is hard to do (Well, for some people haha).
I really love this.
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MJWilliam Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :love:
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Mijaafa Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is truly beautiful :') I recently started with oil paint, but I've yet a long way to go before I can produce anything near this xD The only thing I can say is that left iris doesn't seem to be exactly round, but that's only a small thing. The skin is stunning and especially the tattoo's, they look look just as if they were put on real skin :love:
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MJWilliam Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :love:
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TK-Graphix Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
She really seems to glow doesn't she? :]
Also, I love the blues in this. Beautiful piece.
I think the unfinished version actually looks really nice how it is as well.

Still being jealous of your talent. :P
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MJWilliam Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :love:
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TK-Graphix Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
You're welcome! :D
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