"Secret Pond" (2011)

If anything proves a mastery of traditional art media, this piece does. The artist, known as Aldafea, used acrylic paint and colored pencils to create this beautiful work of art. It appeals to me personally because I love nature art, and because I very much respect well-executed paintings (since I myself suck at painting). The detail is absolutely stunning, and must have taken forever. I especially love the reflective, almost magical quality of the water. The atmospheric perspective really helps bring out the little waterfall in the center, so you notice the water first and then the surrounding forest. It’s all just very pleasing to look at and dream about.

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