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Secret Garden by MayFong Secret Garden by MayFong
I am elated that I finally finished this ambitious and complex painting (in comparison to my recent paintings.) I started Secret Garden over a month ago. While I painted, I listened to beautiful and soothing music. Here is an example - Relaxation Music: Chinese Bamboo Flute ft Piano [link] The mellifluous music really helped me to have a calm and focused mind. I ended up enjoying every minute detail of the painting.

Secret Garden reminds me of the fond memories of sharing a secret world with a best friend. It's a place where you are free to share secret thoughts and feelings with each other. My twin sister and I shared that when we were young. It's a connection that conjures up old cozy comfort. This is a dedication to all our best friends; be it your spouse, your twin sister, your childhood friend, etc.

There is another significance to me in this painting. I know it's premature to talk about the new year. We haven't even had Thanksgiving yet. However, 2012 is a special year, because it's the Year of the Dragon. My father, who is 85 years old, my twin sister and I were all born in the year of the dragon. This is a celebration of the three dragons in our family. For those who are curious, the Chinese character on the red lantern means blessing.

The dragon is the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success and happiness. May the celestial Dragon bring good luck to everyone in 2012.

Photoshop CS5
Wacom Tablet
Free floral brushes: [link]

Edit: Reference was used. I did not use my or my sister's likeness. As you can see, we look very different from the ladies in the painting. :giggle:


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Pinkatron2000 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Writer
Sun Li is a beautiful actress and a great choice for reference, she stars in one of my all-time favorite Drama's. Yang Mi is pixie-ish and just as amazingly lovely. The details in this piece are mind-blowing, especially the beautiful embroidery on their clothing, the details in their hair pieces and the vivid colors remind me of youth and spring. I've had this one in my favorites for a while, but finally am able to comment on how lovely it is and how I love coming back to it. Fantastic work!
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MayFong Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your lovely comments, Mel!
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twiligthvampire89 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
This is simoply amazing. I love it
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MayFong Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Amazing!
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MayFong Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave:

Your fabulous artwork has been featured in my journal: [link]
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MayFong Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:tighthug:
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Everithing in this painting is blissful! :wow: All the details are magnificient, the colors are somptuous and the atmosphere is so enchanting :heart:
A true masterpiece!
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MayFong Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thank you so much, dear! :love:
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jairolago Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's so beautiful!! I can breath the calm and sensuality on the athmosphere! Very nice piece. I adore it! :D
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MayFong Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, dear Jairo! I really appreciate your feedback! :hug:
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jairolago Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: :hug:
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quentinlars Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful work!!! hen piao liang!!! Zhende xi huan!!!
the colors are awesome!
the close up reminds me of looking through a chinese style window

may the water dragon give you a prosperous new year!!! [link]


my personal preference is the traditional music featured in Kung Fu Hustle, I like the Chinese traditional instruments best :D
I have a soft spot for the er hu!
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MayFong Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your wonderful comments, dear Roger! :hug:
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quentinlars Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:) bu ke qi :) mei guan xi!
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Perplexville Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
great work:]
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MayFong Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Perplexville Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
no problem:]
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HerrFaust Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i seem to recall a taj mahall also....i will search your gallery when time permits.
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MayFong Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for adding Taj Mahal as your favorite. :hug:
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manycomics Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful - the details are just amazing.
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:iconmayfong:
MayFong Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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badass-artist Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
NICE!!
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:iconmayfong:
MayFong Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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badass-artist Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Your Welcome. It's a beautiful piece!!!
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Annezon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:faint::worship:You are just truly amazing!!! So beautiful May!!! The expressions on their faces...I just love this:love::heart:
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MayFong Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much again, my friend. I am proud of this one myself. :giggle:
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tupilak Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student
Simply delightful!
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MayFong Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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Calaymo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
amazing work as always dear! so full of details is real-awesome.
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MayFong Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, dear! :love:
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Calaymo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
:love:
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MadeByRona Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive work!:love:
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:iconmayfong:
MayFong Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:
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MadeByRona Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome :cuddle:
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Stripesandangelwings Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is lovely. I think I might have to send a print of this to someone this year...
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MayFong Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Cassie! :hug:
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Stripesandangelwings Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! :D
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the rich colors, textures, details and the lovely faces. Also, the year 2012 is special for my family. I am a dragon year baby, as are my eleven-year-old twin daughters! :icondragonlaughplz:
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MayFong Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!

You have three auspicious dragons in your family as well! Wonderful! :hug:
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Disciple77 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Such beautiful detail! I love the colors and the composition; it's very masterfully done! All I can say is this picture caught my attention right away, and it stirs such a pleasant mood in me, so I guess listening to music really help get your message across because I can almost hear it myself just gazing at it! Almost as if you paint the music into the canvas as it played. Oh, and I also wish you good luck and many blessings in the New Year! My brother is also a Dragon! :icondragonlaughplz: I'm a sheep which is nice; I like being a sheep. At least we get along! I'm definitely gonna show him this picture the next time I go over his house, for we share all our secrets with each other as well!
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MayFong Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your kind words, Rose!

Dragon and sheep get along famously. I wish you and your brother all the very best! :hug:
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Disciple77 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Really, that's very good to know! Best wishes to you, too!
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chestnuthare Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing!
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MayFong Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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chestnuthare Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem
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Kaoki-Shiki Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Awesome work.
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