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Made of Earth and Stars by JessicaMDouglas Made of Earth and Stars by JessicaMDouglas
Concept
There is a Serbian proverb that's been making the rounds of the internet lately, that I really like. It says "Be humble, for you are made of Earth. Be noble, for you are made of Stars."

It really speaks to me on many, many levels, and so I wanted to paint a little of the imagery that comes to mind when I hear that proverb. Something to think about when I'm feeling self doubt. As always, whenever I do more introspective paintings, I notice I tend to draw the ever changing "Forever" Muse of mine as the central figure. It's nice to draw her again after years of not.

Materials
This piece is another of my mixed media. Watercolors were the bulk of the work, along with colored pencils for her skin, and acrylic for the stars. I also threw in white gauche for the light in her hands.

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Prints
Limited edition prints will be available on my etsy account here: www.etsy.com/shop/Vestaka

(at the moment there are none up, they will be listed over the next three or four days).

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Side Notes
I have never been so annoyed with a painting, and so frustrated with it, as this one. Challenging myself to play with stronger light sources, and to try to bring more contrast to my pieces is something that always leaves me glaring at the art about midway through. But in the end I really like how this one came out.
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:iconallegrawylden:
AllegraWylden Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is gorgeous!  i love it!
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luckydraco Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I really like this work. You should check out sundever (I think she still has a DA account) , she might have a style you would appreciate. 
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Does she go by another name? Looking up sundever says no such account/artist.
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:iconluckydraco:
luckydraco Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
here is her DA account, and her Personal website (haha we know each other in RL so i know more links too). I think she removed some of the tags for sundever so she goes by her real name now. She does like middle eastern inspired stuff, kind of surreal too. 
sundevar.deviantart.com/
www.ashleabechaz.com/
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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful<3
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Edited Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
One of my theology profs was fond of saying, "Against all pride, the Bible tells us that we are but creatures.  Against all false humility it tells us that we are creatures of God, made in his image."
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AnnaCStansfield Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
That moment when you're appalled that this isn't in your favorites. I love this piece so much. 
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
ahah! *hugs* it's all good. I'm fond of this piece too.
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AnnaCStansfield Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
I own a journal with this one on it. :D 
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm seriously debating making my own 100% handmade journals, with leather bindings and all. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the work that would go into it thoguh lol.
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AnnaCStansfield Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oh my word, yeah, sounds like lots of work! Could be fun though,and they'd be gorgeous though, without a doubt. 
<cannot name all the things I would do if there was more time/energy> 
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Ciardubh Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Really strong work - love the colours and the flow in the composition!
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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unSpookyLaughter Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
There's a lot going on here...all of it so well done.  <3
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:iconnalamarietotallyrock:
NalaMarieTotallyRock Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wow just wow so prettySwingin' On a Star _revamp_ Star Catcher Lukavi extended
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconnalamarietotallyrock:
NalaMarieTotallyRock Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
yup
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DeviantLilGirl Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
This... is... amazing! I love this! And the detail is beautiful!!
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Astera-T Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Very nice indeed! I love it. Sometime "suffering" is the way to perfection! ;)
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
*chirp* I'm happy wtih this painting in the end, I think.
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:iconthepix:
ThePix Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
So much lovely in this! :love:
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Jerzee-Girl Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
I love the way this "flows", the flow of hair to dress to roots and the blending of colors!  So beautiful! What a great drawing/painting!  I must fave it! :)
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
*beams* thank you so much!
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NycterisA Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know how you have the patience, this is wonderful!
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
ahah I really like zoning out when I do art
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Beautiful & unique!
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work, Jessica :heart:
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart:
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:iconnordiclynx:
NordicLynx Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great concept, colours and composition :)
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconfaespirit:
faespirit Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
So beautiful!  And such a lovely proverb to inspire it.  :)
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconfaespirit:
faespirit Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
You're welcome!  :)
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:iconnehemet:
Nehemet Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's a really lovely quotation. I've never heard it before. Nicely done :)
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8thHimeHatsu Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this painting. It's so serene and free flowing.
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Unmeimiru Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Those roots look like they're popping right off the paper! kewl!
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
*beams*
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The strong grace of rock and sky.
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chaosia Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So pretty, and I understand the whole contrast thing, just have to push it further with each new piece >< I love the idea of this one, and like how one of the trees becomes part of her dress, all the interconnecting details=very pretty painting.
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convallaria Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Beautiful. Love the colors.
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RiseandBe Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Breath-taking! I love the concept, and your execution is perfect!
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feathergoblinfly Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
This is amazing!
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:iconartweak:
artweak Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
What a wonderful job you've done here! Love the contrast and very creative. Keep on doing a wonderful job my friend! :)
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DriPoint Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Gorgeous - and great proverb.
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FabulaByr Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow This is beautiful! I really love it! 
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
just beautiful
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Make
NIKON
Model
COOLPIX S570
Shutter Speed
10/200 second
Aperture
F/2.7
Focal Length
5 mm
ISO Speed
800
Date Taken
Nov 30, 1999, 12:00:00 AM
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Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
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