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Concept
This all started from a discussion about a fable regarding the red ribbon of fate. The short version is that every person who is fated to be together (most cultures 'be together' refers to marriage) are tied to one another with a red ribbon by a god. Meanwhile, a friend made an idle comment about there being 'plenty of fish in the sea' with regards to relationships. Naturally my brain went OH HEY, and I started thinking about all the failed and broken relationships that may or may not be 'the one you were meant to have', and a huge weird religious sidetrack that I explored a little bit in an earlier journal. In the end I wanted to play with the idea of there being a soulmate, but perhaps easily missed in the sea of other relationships.

Materials
Watercolors, colored pencil, acrylics and some silver leafing that isn't showing up.

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N/A

Prints
Prints will be available once I can get a photograph of the original with a bit more even and true lighting. This was taken in the dark in my room as it's almost 4 am but I very much wanted to share it with everyone now.

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Sold

Side Notes
 I really need to start working in the day time. In better lighting.
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:iconfaerywitch:
faerywitch Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
great work and idea, Jess! At first sight there was something of it that strongly made me think of Angela! Maybe the huge wings? Il ove how you are working fabrics!
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
You've watched me long enough to remember this:  jessicamdouglas.deviantart.com…

i'm betting that's why you thought of Ang
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DeviantLilGirl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
This is quite a great concept and I love this!
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful concept, brilliantly executed.  It's funny hearing the crazy train of thought that led to the idea.  heh...  Sounds like some of my thought process...  ;-)

So much of life is learning to see through the tangled messes that we and others create for ourselves....

Blessings!

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SwDreamWvr Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Lovely as always!  I just love the way your mind works. <3
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
She is gorgeous, Jessica! I just LOVE her dress :heart:
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InuRyoko Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous! :D
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MPFitzpatrick Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
This is lovely! I just  love the concept of the red and black ribbons and the flying fish, and love that you see below the water's surface. But I have to comment - and this might be an odd one - but I LOVE how you did her foot.  It's has so much personality. You hardly ever see that, and I think that raises this up an extra level. I always find feet so blasted HARD.
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
>.>

Um.. I may or may not wriggle my toes when I think. Or draw. Or swing on swings, or really anything. I always wiggle my toes (it's why I hate shoes), so I really want to draw feet that are doing things other then 'looking pretty and pointed'. I need to practice feet more. I'm so happy you like her foot!
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Ryua Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The water is so pretty! I love the contrast between it and the highly detailed wings and dress. So pretty. And I've probably said it's pretty too many times now, but it is.

I really do like the idea behind the picture, too. I'm intrigued to think that maybe in the future, one of those black ribbons might start shading to red, maybe the red may fade to black. Heh, maybe it's just me not liking the idea of being fated to something with no control myself.
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
THAT is an interesting concept, about how mercurial love may be (if the ribbon does indeed mean love, or really it can mean lots of thing s*ponders*) Ahh so much fun thoughts to play with. I might have to fiddle with ribbon art more often.
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
pretty!
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
ilu mere <3
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Oni-Neko Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A lovely picture and and interesting concept. Also, the shape of the picture; the length and relatively narrow sides, make me think it would make a nice bookmark.
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
I... you're absolutely right, I could probably bookmark away with this sucker. *ponders* thank you!
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Oni-Neko Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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:iconlehn:
lehn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So lovely, Jess - I really like the colours that you ended up using for this!
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
*adores on* I hope you got enough sleep
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
And how we do get ourselves tangled up in our web of relationships.  What wonderfully messy creatures we are.

A blessed new year, Jessica.  I'm glad you have been blessed by one two-legged and one four-legged soulmate this year.

Steve
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
we really are trainwrecks. But that's okay. *hugs on*
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
This came out really gorgeous my dear! Totally worth the stress I think.
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iaini-diamantia Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
nice, that's beautiful work. 
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zemimsky Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
and i think it's absolutely superb!!! i friggin' love it :D

ps - happy wonderful new 2014 year darling-cakes! all the best! (and I mean it! you need some serious sunshine in your year!)
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Been watching this develop through your WIPs, looks amazing and the concept is lovely :3
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OtherWorldsArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014   General Artist
Beautiful!
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harpydora Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014   General Artist
Ah, she's gorgeous! The detail on her gown is particularly eye-catching to me.
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:iconchaosia:
chaosia Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the concept. I love her wings the feathers are beautiful!
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KathrinJones Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014   Artisan Crafter
You mentioned plenty of fish in thw sea, but you also feature the red ribbon signifying the idea of the one true love. To me this means that despite the multiple option scenario you emphasizing the truth of the one true love.
Is this what you intent/mean?
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