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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
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