Tuesday, 23 February 2010

A Rose among Thorns




Once there was a little girl who grew up thinking that the world is the most beautiful place of all fairy tales. That everyone was there to love and be loved, that kindness is a joy shared willingly with no reasons. She believed in faeries and enchanted castles, knights in shining armors and graceful princesses, good over evil and yes, that true love conquers all.

She learned that being kind to other people was important, whether they were good or bad, whether they caused her joy or pain. She believed all humans were good underneath and sometimes they just needed help for a little change in nature.

Befriended with animals and creatures alike, her dear bunny friend once said, “If you can’t say anything nice…don’t say nothing at all.” It was a virtue she held close to her heart and practiced all her life, even though many treated her otherwise. People called her silly and pathetic, some even labeled her as a pushover for always being nice and polite, but mostly, for always being forgiving.

How she learned all these things, still puzzles me until this very day. Why she still believes in them now, puzzles me even more, because life today is a galaxy away from what she sees in her mind. Pain is definitely one thing she knows well, yet she still manages to show a smile on her face to disguise it.

So here’s to you, a breath of fresh air, a sparkling drop of dew. In the midst of all the harshness and cynicism of the world, I pray that you stand tall and hope your beliefs never wither away.

19 comments:

  1. In this cynical world it's so easy to forget our values. I held these values through reading fairy tales as a child and today after living through pain and difficulties I still believe they're true. I know that love is the true purpose of our lives. This illustration is really lovely.xx

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  2. Her face is sorrowful, yet still has sweetness in it. The scratches on her face and tears in her dress are beautifully poignant. So full of emotion! Love her pose too.

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  3. Amalia! I just found your Fantasy Portraits! They are exquisite-- so soft and natural. I especially love the girl with the tulips. Hooray for you!

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  4. Thanks Krista! You're so sweet... That's just my way to release tension, hahaha! Although sometimes it creates more (^_^)

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  5. Amalia, first of all, may I please ask how you create these images. They are fantastic. Are they colored pencil?

    I love your lines.

    Your story telling is quite captivating. Ah! Yes, perhaps we may be cynical ourselves but we need people like Rose. They remind us that life is not about pain and sorrow, struggles and hardships but about joy and laughter, love and little triumphs that sum up to a life well lived.

    Keep on creating. It is wonderful that we have art to balance our loves.

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  6. Amalia, So beautifully said, brought tears to my eyes. Rose is an example for all of us, I so admire how she is hurting, but still manages a smile. The composition and colors in this piece are especially wonderful! Did you use watercolor for the background for this one? Love it!

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  7. Thank you sweets! I actually created this based on a true story, and it brought pain to my heart... However, it did give somekind of drive for me to create something a little different. Using watercolor was so much fun! (^_^)

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  8. Amalia another wonderful work, tis is completely amazing!!!

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  9. And I'll hope it with you. You are a gifted artist with a good heart and I glad I'm given the chance to know you and your work.
    Warm regards,
    Simone

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  10. You are dangerous with a pencil!!! OMG how fabulous are these pieces. You are such a wonderful artist and I do adore the way you express your talent. It's all so amazing and full of life. You are gong to be working for a long time. This is elegant and ageless. Great work.
    Thanks for the encouraging words. They are so very appreciated. Thanks again.
    V

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  11. Oh wow - I just found your blog and I love your illustrations. Beautiful fantasy portraits.

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  12. I'm so blessed to have found beautiful friends here..!! So it is true, there still is plenty of love left in this world... (^_^).

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  13. What a beautiful art piece, Amalia!
    It has so much soul, I'd like to know more about her...
    Hugs!
    Sandra

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  14. This is my story exactly. People always ask me how I can be so nice after the life I had as a child. My answer is always the same, "Because I choose to. I don't seek to blame others for the life I had."

    Another beautiful illustration, well told and drawn.

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  15. I agree with you, Lolo...we are what we choose to be! You are so cool! (^_^)

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  16. Oh my heavens, Amalia! I think this has to be my favorite so far! Incredible beauty. The symbolism. The fine scratches on her face and arms. And I love the way her shoulder and knees form a heart. So incredible.

    I'm sorry to hear that you lost a beloved best friend. Many hugs to you.

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  17. Pretty Bella, you are such a darling!... Yes, I miss her a lot, but knowing she's in peace is more than enough for me (^_^)

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