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Trapped In My Own Life by Cynthia-Blair Trapped In My Own Life by Cynthia-Blair
self-portrait of the magical childís* shadow side.

Exploring the light and dark
Self doubts and limiting beliefs
All those demons that hold us back
From our true power ~

dedicated to all those who donít have the courage to believe in themselves, or the beauty of their dreams.

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24x36 oil on canvas
Model: me (ref)
All else: props and symbolic images from a variety of sources

*note: the cups represent the Tarot card 4 of cups , Iím not a drinker.
*magical child refers to an archetype...an archetype refers to a generic version of a personality.


Note: I included a Quick Explanation of the symbols I used and what they mean, (in my Scraps) for anyone that's interested:
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:icontheskaldofnvrwinter:
TheSkaldofNvrwinter Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is awesome, brings to mind Luis Royo to a certain extent
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'll have to check him out...
I was trying a updated color palette with some inspiration from illustrator Brom, love his style :D
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EmilyDragonflyWolf Oct 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Good job Cynthia!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Oct 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't often do a self-p...like, on canvas. Glad you like it! :D
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:iconchriscrowell:
ChrisCrowell Mar 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
Love it Cynthia!That's a great canvas size you worked with too.Great symbolism and what a painter you still are.Incredible!
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Cynthia-Blair Mar 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Chris! This one was an experiment using a different color palette and some more dramatic lighting, along with fantasy and symbolism. Not the approach I'd use for every subject, but fun to explore :D
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:iconomnicron8000:
I like the symbolism and how each symbol still looks like it belongs in the scene.
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! It is dreamlike with all that mist and fog, that helps.
I enjoyed doing the dramatic lighting, so I'll probably subject some of my portrait subjects to this treament in the future :D
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:iconomnicron8000:
Yes, I imagine with how capable you are of subtle lighting that the chance to finally use more boldly contrasting colors was a nice break!
Sounds good = D
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ladyjart Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow my friend..Intense..Great work..:)
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