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Reunion at the Gates of Heaven by NaomiVanDoren Reunion at the Gates of Heaven by NaomiVanDoren

Edit: Thank you so much for selecting this as a Daily Deviation! I'm moved by all the wonderful comments. Thank you! <3 

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March 22, 2014:
Late last night I finished what was then an untitled painting. I'm so pleased with it. It's not because I think it's amazing or something crazy like that (I do enjoy looking at my work) but because in it I can see tangible results from the time I've put towards painting in the last 6 months or so. I'm improving, sometimes slowly and others fast. I look at this piece and can say, "yes, I'm getting better at this." and that is satisfying.

I hope you enjoy viewing this as much as I enjoyed painting it. On to thumbnailing my next painting!


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Given 2014-08-05
An illustration with a story to tell and a rather simple yet clever composition that draws your attention to the right spot.
Reunion at the Gates of Heaven by NaomiVanDoren ( Suggested by cloe-patra and Featured by Thiefoworld )
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verruckt10 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016
I love this!!!! Heaven is beautiful
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andramaxy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can i ask a question? your description makes me really want to ask this? how long have you been drawing to be at this level?
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NaomiVanDoren Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! I began painting and studying full time in the Fall of 2013. This piece, "Stars in the Night Sky" was one of my first during that time. I've always enjoyed drawing, made a few drawings a year and played a bit with acrylic and digital painting but never took it all very seriously until around that time in 2013. You can read a bit more of my bio on my website naomivandoren.com as well if you like. :)
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andramaxy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, considering you starting seriously at 2013 3 years is a really fast progress
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NaomiVanDoren Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Having a background in graphic design and photography has helped but I've also worked really hard to get to where I am. Definitely studying every day, painting every day pays off in the long run. :)
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andramaxy Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i am rarely going outside, do you think learning from photograph and book is enough? considering i only make cartoony style landscape so i think a little deformation and off perspective is fine.
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Strider7117 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Not only do I wish to commend you for this, I wish to thank you. It is rare that art could touch like this. To me it brings me something more that I cannot describe. Thank you for this wonderful piece of art. Well done! Applaud fella (Reactions)  

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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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Fishbeef Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
This scene invokes a certain feeling that I think words can't fully describe. The closest I can come up with is, majestic, mystical,rustic& warm. I love it very much great work as always!
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Trenchyjj Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
me mucho gusto
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michaelhardcore13 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It gives me hope, Thank you!
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Adeshark Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my god, this is just gorgeous!
This feels like one of those scenes where the couple finally reunited...in death.
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Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student General Artist
the colors are very vibrant and the composition is amazing ! I waited exactly zero second before faving !
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carlitadiecarlavanes Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Possibly, means poessieblij
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Tygahman Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful work :).
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NaomiVanDoren Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! <3
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Tygahman Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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rainier819 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the meaning. This is truly spectacular!
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keiku Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Remarkable. I love how the focus is on the couple, yet everything surrounding them is so large and magnificent. 
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NaomiVanDoren Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I love large and epic scaled locations. Places that make me feel small
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GiuseppeTria Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
WOW i'm crying and I know why! :')
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Tiancum Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what a beautiful vision of heaven! i love it!! :nod:
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NaomiVanDoren Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Charismor Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Wow! It's as magic as Arabian fairy tales!
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NaomiVanDoren Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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NaomiVanDoren Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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LaughButts Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwwww! <3
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NaomiVanDoren Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
<3
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Zhestic Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Wow incredible.  Love the colors.
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Leaf-Sunstriker Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely Amazing!
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AruPi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
absolutely stunning! x
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MaroonMaverick Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everything is done in paint. Thats cool
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abdelrahman Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Great painting, I've always liked this atmosphere :)
P.S: why are you scared to say "I like my own work", it's not a bad thing if your work is that amazing .
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TeaGrenade Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very beautiful it reminds me of journey a game because the golden light and the buildings in the background.
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strawberrycake248 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student General Artist
This is breathtaking!!!
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NaomiVanDoren Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! <3
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lyhnspirit Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
I love the amazing depth of warmth and gentility that exudes from this piece. The ancient encryption is a wonderful touch.
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MrMadManiac Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Till death do they part, and by death are they reunited.
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
A great work with wonderful look and amazing coloring!  :clap:
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GabrielGuyer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
This piece is an absolute knockout!!! :D Incredible storytelling with a single shot and extremely evocative :highfive:
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JullezArt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
great piece
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KlarkKentThe3rd Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Love the colours.
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Garaladin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Beautiful
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Chupadie Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
well, this pic deserves it.
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Nemien79 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
beautiful :)
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