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Learning To Leave by sheppardarts Learning To Leave by sheppardarts
Digital painting, ©2014 Cynthia Sheppard

This is an extremely personal piece for me- you can read about the story on my blog here and see a step-by-step process here

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ClassicalPoet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014   Artist
This is so gorgeous!
OldHank Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
A very touching painting about a very touching story.+fav 
Mondwolf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist
That's definitely one of the most moving and touching pictures I've seen in a looong while! You can feel all the sorrow and grief, it's like I'm actually hearing how her heart is shattered into thousand pieces. Really beautiful work, thank you for sharing such a great piece of art with us :heart:
melissyjane Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such a beautiful, moving piece. As a child of divorce, your story touches me. May you find true healing!
DM7 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! Your work is so deep and inspiring that I have featured you in my journal! I hope you don't mind!
Throttled-Hen Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply seeing the thumbnail was enough to fill me with emotion. This is a perfectly crafted piece that says so much.
Chryselis Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This painting really speaks to me. Without knowing you, I think the viewer instantly connects with an experience of anguish, pain, and love. Communicating emotions is to me the most beautiful and valuable thing art can do, because it allows you to express yourself and reach out to others at the same time. The mood and colours of the piece are sombre but so soft at the same time, it's gorgeous. The character's body language is just so moving too. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of the world.
MaW-WaM Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! Really nice colors! looks awesome.
themedusa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful artwork. Even before reading the story, you can really see there is some raw emotion behind it.
Lansay Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so sorry to hear about your grief. I only discovered you through this painting. I commend you in your ability to channel your pain into something gorgeous.
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