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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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Given 2014-09-03
Learning To Leave by sheppardarts, This is truly a beautiful and emotionally powerful painting even if one is not familiar with the artist's personal story for creating it. This piece speaks volumes to what an artist is capable of when they decide to let their art speak for their soul. The message of learning to leave is one we all have to learn even when letting go is often the hardest thing we will ever do. For more beautiful paintings be sure to check out the rest of this artist's gallery. ( Suggested by lovelessdevotions and Featured by diphylla )
aureolin-swatch Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I left a comment on your blog - I love your work - this is gut-wrenching
APRILFLOAT Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
This image is powerful and exceptionally well rendered. Having lost a love one, one can only feel the pain when it happens to them and leaving is so hard to do. Never forgetting the memories.
theforgottensoul Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
I believe if such a thing should ever happen to me, I too, would be the one on the ground.
mermaidwaves Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Carrianna Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
It's so powerful!  My heart breaks for her.
Ikonion Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. That's a powerful scene. So painful yet quiet.
BasiaEmilia Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015   Digital Artist
Beautiful and touching piece of art ! :)
Pitsh Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015   Digital Artist
touching story behind it and touching piece. I especially love the colour choice
Proseia Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Really beautiful, and your story makes it even more so. All the best--it does get easier.
LumN Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
AMusoke Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Just read the story behind this work (with Audiomachine playing in the background). It all makes so much more scence, and it's all the more beautiful because of that. This is what art is - not mindlessly drawing, but expressing yourself.
I've decided to peruse your blogg, I'm already liking what I see. Thanks for posting this :D
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sheppardarts Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the feature!
VeriFast Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
MIght be your best.
ATWest Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Very powerful piece! Very interesting the way the skull is so much less strongly defined than the grieving woman or her friend. This really seems to support the idea.
Rhea89 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
I'm in a similar situation (as your blog describes),i can understand the eye filling tears when you see something beautifool,or hear to just a song...
Damn,this artwork become one of my favourites because of the art and the story behind all this.
inmyside Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Why  the foot of the woman on the top is like that ? i don't understand this position in the construction of your drawn .
maztoul Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Djé Pas de ne Peux exprimer par des mots à Quel point de j'adore CELA.
mimikascraftroom Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Congrats on the DDClap 
SnowInHades Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD :clap:
ShadowCorvus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow. Respect :) I adore this work, and keep coming back to see it. I love it and read your story about it. Hoping the best for you :heart:
Meeweeda Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so beautiful! Definitely worth the DD. In fact, I'd say it's better than a lot of DDs I've seen. The emotion in the piece is very powerful and well-conveyed through the posture of the different aspects and the symbolic details. Thank you for sharing your story—it made the painting all the deeper. Also, as others have mentioned, it has the beautiful allure of historic paintings. You truly are a magnificent artist, and I wish you luck with both your art and your personal struggles.
BOYKINS Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you've been featured  in my journal ( a showcase of my favorites  to my watchers )…
KlingonCaligula Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
At first glance, I thought it was something the pre-Raphaellites painted. But then I saw that it was New. Well, simply put; Wow, it's beautiful and poignant.
The pre-Raphaellites would have been proud to see their legacy still lives.
FlamingBulbinArrow Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I saw this a long time ago, read the story, and fell in love with this piece, and it's cool to see it in the DDs after all this time! Congrats, you deserve the DD! XD
Karinta Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student General Artist
AHHH poignant in the extreme.... :iconheart-plz:
Sinister-Scribe Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Getting a very Rembrandt/Rennaisance feel from this one.

Excellent work.
ArteeMisia Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Rus-ka Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Your work is amazing. So expressive. 
Royal-Manga Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
A beautiful piece with an emotional story attached. 
naren206 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome :)
JormungandrsDaughter Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Artist
All these years after losing my first baby, I still haven't learned to leave, and it's been over 15 years :cry: I died inside that day
Michawolf13 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work!
hmleao Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Fine art all the way. Congratulations!
WaterLilly19 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
This is magnificent, I can totally see how you earning a Daily Deviation on this piece. It's beautiful and I can see real talent here. Not only that but the looker and see the story within. Great work and congratulations on the Daily Deviation.
osagelady Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the emotion captured in your work and at the same time feel sad for you needing to create it.  I too understand your pain but it is amazing to see how pain evolves in to beauty through art.

*hugs* to you my dear!
holijay Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student General Artist
How outstanding.  It's an interesting feeling when such beauty in form is meet with moments of sorrow.  Thanks for sharing.
vahazgoldart Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Excellent work! Regards, Raphael
SlinkyTheGreat Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow. this is so deep and exactly what im feeling. I hope it got better for you since then! 
hclausen Featured By Owner Edited Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a very strong piece of art.  I found it sad and moving even before I looked at your blog.  Beautiful and I liked your gallery.
I hope you find love soon and forever.
JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. I can't believe this is digital art--it looks like something a great master did during the Renaissance or shortly after. It's fantastic!
pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautifully painted -- and said.  The breaking of a relationship is always sad, even when it may be for the best.
Angati Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Change is, mostly, always painful. . . but there is always a promise in leaving...and that is to come back :)
Angati Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful piece by the way :D
Freyaschild Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
I second the challenge of "Learning to leave" dear sistar, in recent weeks I too had to leave behind people who........truly were not fruitful, supporting, true in my life.  For good. And for better I'm humilified to admit.  I knew them for four years in assumed friendship that was truly....not a friendship to begin with.  Just a smoke screen that ..a part of me knew was there...Was just afraid to let go of due to my misunderstanding of loneliness.  And even fear of being true to what real friendship, real relationships really are. grateful to be free of this mirage, but there is sadness, in mirror of your's dear one....A twinge of sadness of letting go of people I assumed I knew, and letting go of that part of me that gave constantly without receiving in return for so long.....Yet even in the sadness there are nuggets of wisdom and dear little joys...There is strength to begin life anew, this time letting the canvas of our lives become new artworks, new journeys unfolding into dear beauty....I bless you on your's~ 
SparrowWrightheart Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. ;.;
I had the same thing happen to me a while back... It took until just recently for me to realize it wasn't friendship at all. I was being taken advantage of, and abused online. :( Like if I was late, they'd cuss me out... and were mean a lot... But now I feel better. Still a bit sad.
But your comment helped put things in perspective. Thanks. :)
Freyaschild Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
No fret dearie~ I'm grateful it touched you :)
And yes that's slight similar to me too, I knew them via Youtube, a roleplay community although I was able to meet them in rl.  We were young teens, they and I.  Yet we were complete opposites, however respectfully.  I adore(d) spirituality and learning things, and truly they did not.  That's where slivers of judgment crept in and really......messed up a lot of things that I am still healing from.  But with humbleness especially with remembering what is healthy for my path, my life.  Remembering who truly care especially too beyond a screen.

I pray your healing is rejuvenating :) :huggle: Blessings to you~
AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the DD! :la:
anima-poeta Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great... :)
KWLynch Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Astonishingly full of emotion and stunning in the quality of the work. Beautiful.
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