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Autumn Chill by SpaceTurtleStudios Autumn Chill by SpaceTurtleStudios
Sometimes -- very rarely -- inspiration hits me like a brick to the head, and an image just drops into my brain more or less fully-formed, and then demands that I paint it.

This was one of those. I was scrolling through my collection of art, happened to see this image and suddenly-- idea.

Special nod too to Suzanne Vega's song "Anniversary," which includes the line thick with ghosts, the wind whips round in circuitries, and was very appropriate mood music while painting.

I thought it would be a good challenge, to do something with a much more muted color scheme than I generally employ. Though given how bright those leaves turned out to be, I may not have entirely succeeded there. And I wanted to do something that captured the atmosphere of fall, as the year winds down (not that the weather is cooperating with that.)

It was lovely to work in traditional media again, after so much digital. I may have to do something of a companion piece soon.

Colored pencil, ink & watercolor on paper. Original is 14 x 21"

EDIT: Forgot to mention this before, but Prints are available if you are so inclined. A3/11x17" prints are $25 and A4/8x10" prints are $15. Note me if interested!
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Given 2013-09-24
Feel the Autumn Chill come right off the page. by ~LadyViridis ( Suggested by drachenmagier and Featured by Astralseed )
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Icytail Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful!!
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fonzi9864 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist
amazing. I love it.
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Mshoo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
love itt!!
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youkaiyui Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it the feeling and idea.
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DreamingBudgie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally love this. Sends the imagination whirring.
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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HelenQuarter Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on the DD!
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional
very nice work
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JoseHolm Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
I like the picture. Great colors, and the minimalistic style is brilliant
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
so pretty *.*
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bribesdemoi Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
really beautiful !!!
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avalanchepark Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
well deserved DD, such a great image
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ART-UMO Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Brilliant theme. Awesome!
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah, such a stunning concept.  I wish I'd thought of it!
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JuneCat Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply wonderful. :heart:
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sydneypie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
It Looks Like Little Red Riding Hood.
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VertiEarth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply amazing but we all know it is far more than that!
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fruitbatslyra Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! :D
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bloodking30 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice
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AMaysBrain Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!  It actually reminds me of the anime Spirited Away, but mixed with Red Riding Hood.  Nice work!
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, the girl is definitely meant to be evocative of Red Riding Hood. Not sure what's going on with the wind/spirit beasties, though. :)
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MousyRoy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
I love this picture really. It's so beautiful and it has such a mysterious feeling to it.
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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LukeTblade3 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
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Sapphirelov Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student General Artist
So pretty!! I could see this as an awesome wallpaper (for pc's of course) for some reason...
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
The file should be large enough to work well as a wallpaper, if that's what you're looking for...
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Shiisa-sa Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's very very nice. C:
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lorenavldz09 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Very beautiful :D

I love the overall fantasy feel :la:

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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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lorenavldz09 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Yvw :clap:

Your dA avatar is magically cute

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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. It's one of my older paintings: www.deviantart.com/art/Song-of…
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lorenavldz09 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw it. Very beautiful:nod:
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD - love the colors and details
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Scaley-Randy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Writer
Reminds me of The Path...
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hm? I'm not familiar with that, I'm afraid.
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Scaley-Randy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Writer
It's an indie horror game, you should check it out.
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CellAce Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That's a wind I don't mind being surrounded with. Kinda tells me that we are never really alone, no matter what we do.
Clearly you deserved the DD, amazing work!
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you! Yeah, I'm really intrigued by themes involving spirits and ghosts, and it seemed appropriate for the season.
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OdditiesByErnie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is very cool....
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professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
This is a very beautiful piece. You captured "Autumn" wonderfully.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional
very fine storytelling aid generously on top of mind bend craftsmanship
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anne-summer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it.
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Ryfkah Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
I must say this picture is really beautiful. The atmosphere is fitting the upcoming autumn. Plus I personally love birches and those mist-ghosts are very cute. The colours are very nice chosen, with this warm-cold-warm. It seems to me like a mixture of asian elements (the fox like mist ghosts) and european (the girls dress and the way it is drawn).
This is one of those pictures that make me dream.
Thank you, LadyViridis.

P.S. That girl kinda reminds me of little red riding hood.
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the kind review!

The girl is definitely meant to be evocative of Red Riding Hood, if not precisely the same story. It was a rather different type of piece for me, and I'm glad people are responding so well to it. :)
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MildewBlood Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
reminds me 'dont starve' a bit xd
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's so beautiful :)
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brunobbx Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is perfect.
I usually try to comment my favourite feature in a work, but I can't decide here, every aspect of this painting makes me feel the chill.
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!

I really enjoyed working with such a muted, atmospheric feel. I've been thinking about doing another piece, maybe more winter-focused.
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