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oil on canvas 36"X60" This is a large and not entirely successful piece that I showed in a previous Deviant incarnation. I probably should have had her floating above the Earth rather than striding across it.
She was meant to represent some thinking of mine on the idea that blessings and curses often have the same source, or that what is a blessing may also be a curse: she carries a sword in her left hand yet distributes blessings with her right; she is dressed in black and white, and below her the world is desert on her left and fertile on her right. This was not meant to endorse in particular religious viewpoint.
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sampea Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Wow, wow!
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Thankyou!  :)
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sampea Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
You're welcome.
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DearEva Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
This is mafnificent.... No, wait, better like that... MAGNIGICENT!!! I Love and adore all your works, but this from the first sight became my most favourite.
I see her flying not striding. And I think it's the best way you could put her in the picture. But it's only my opinion.
I must confess - I'm about to worship you because you are Great!
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D  Thank you!  My mother got to help out by making the dress for the model.  When I photographed her in the dress I did not have a sword for her, so we used a small ax instead.  She ended up looking like some kind of horror movie character: a pretty girl in a white dress waving an ax in the air.  
Thank you for all the faves :)  I will only let you worship me if you let me worship you back!:D  Take care and I hop your winter is not too long and cold!
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Vampirbiene Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of your works I haven't seen on your old profile.
I love the light here.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!:(  I wish I had posed he differently...like she was flying above the world instead of striding above it.
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Vampirbiene Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't see her striding. I think she does fly although the world is pretty close. I like it. The lighting is just striking.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you...I had fun with the model who posed for this...it was back in the days of film.  I didn't have a sword handy, so I posed her with a small hatchet.  I always wondered what the developer thought we were doing.
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Placi1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Great, I like it very much!
Does it mean that the blessings and curses come from a power that we can not influence?
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  Power beyond our control gives us the thing: sometimes we can control whether it is a blessing or a curse.  Maybe not, I am not much of a philosopher.:)
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CarolynYM Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Beautiful! (If I were ever to become an angel, this is how I would like to look:))
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I hope you get your wings!:)
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HippieVan57 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
love it man, the theme and concept. well done!
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  Next angel I will give a bass guitar

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HippieVan57 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
sweet!
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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Arcalian Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Hallelujah.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D  Repent!  Or I will ask her to stride over your way to do some blessing and cursing.

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KookyvonKrazy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is truly amazing. I like the theme of the picture, how blessing and curses are often the same thing.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.  I can't recall exactly WHICH blessing turned curse set off this idea...I suppose it would be different for each person.  I think a cool variation on the painting would be to show her as seen from the ground as HUGE, like you are looking up through the clouds with a tiny landscape below.
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KookyvonKrazy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds cool!
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will try it someday maybe
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KookyvonKrazy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should!
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Devin-Lannigan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
So beautiful ! The detail is incredible ! I love the texture on the planet ! This piece as a whole is just mind-blowing ! Excellent work my friend !
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I always kind of liked this painting despite some misgivings about how I posed her.  Doing the planet was actually kind of fun.!
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Devin-Lannigan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
The piece is awesome ! I know how you feel though, I'm picky with a lot of my work too :P
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah.  Being picky is one of those blessing/curses.  Without it you don't improve, but it prevents you from ever really enjoying your own art as a finished product...no piece is ever truly complete.
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Devin-Lannigan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
I know that feeling 100%
:P
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PinkFloydian1 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful job! :)
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!:)
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