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November 25, 2010
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Spirits of Winter by JLGribble Spirits of Winter by JLGribble
Available for purchase at my etsy shop:

The ghostly tree, the flickering candle flames, and the owl with the piercing gaze emerge from a snow-struck landscape chased by roiling storm clouds. What message have they for you on this darkening winter's night?

EDIT 10/05/12: OMG A DD and soooo many faves!!! Thank you all so much!

Just a little something for the winter hols. Someone pointed out to me that I have a lot of stuff that's fall-ish and springy, but not a whole lot that has the mood of winter.

This is now available as a notecard/greeting card! Head on over to my etsy shop and check it out!

Time: 6 Hours
Tools: Watercolor
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Given 2012-10-04
Spirits of Winter by *JLGribble ( Suggested by erinclaireb and Featured by STelari )
Critique by arcanechastity Feb 28, 2011, 4:53:59 PM
Your color choices are great for a winter scene. The blues and greys just send chills. The background is full of texture, but it is distracting. The background isn't strong enough on the right side. Honestly, it would be hard to say how dark to go, but it would bring out the tree and owl better. The darker blue makes a wonderful path to your owl, but the tree also competes with this path because they flow together. The last point I'll mention is the lighter blue spot directly in front of the owl. It fights for attention because it is close in size and value to the owl. You have some very lovely details throughout your piece. For only 6 hours of work, you have done a nice job.

I hope this has been helpful. This is my first critique, so any pointers would be great.
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A beautiful winter scene. Brilliant in detail.. The art work has a dream like quality. The colors are soft in the surrounding area of the subject. We are pulled to the center with more sharp and intense color. The eyes of the owl are the most expressive in rich golden hues. They seem to look directly at the viewer. There is even a glint of light from the candles in them. The detail in it's plumage is superve. The talons are very detailed. This is quite an original piece and is sure to please anyone who gets it as a greeting card.
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Hirondelle19 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
I love very much !!!
Lariethene Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! La la la la 
ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love it!
johngiannis27 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Interface Designer
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BlackCyanide-fr Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here : [link] :squee:
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Writer
:wave:Hi! Your piece has been featured as inspiration in #Lit-Visual-Alliance's Winter Alliance Contest article! Please :+fav: the article to bring more attention to the features and the contest. Thanks! :)
di-Anne Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured here: [link] :love:
KitsuneLover93 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is just a magical piece. You see it and you just can't help but stare. Truly, this is an epic piece!!!!
lina-witch Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
wow how Beautiful
i love it
RJota Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have two thinks a says. Fist choose, this image great and wonderfull and second choose, this artist is too much god. Thanks for image!
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