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Lanterns by jialu Lanterns by jialu
Jia Lu (1999) Lanterns, oil on canvas, 33 48 inches

You may recognize the model from Armillary Sphere. She is the daughter of a dear friend who later died of cancer. I painted her daughter many times, but in this painting I captured the intensity of a young woman emerging from the girl she was at the time: innocent but ready to challenge the world and unafraid of what lay in her future.
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hananovie Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
i thought the girl is vivian hsu...she is cute n pretty
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fabi2011 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
impressive artwork!
so well painted and beautiful!
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Artyra Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her hair is just perfect! <3
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BadRobots Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic
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gerbrandt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012   General Artist
stunningly!!
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Prabu-S Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Beautiful Painting. :]
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This painting is absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for sharing.
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Azul-din Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
What is remarkable-what I FIND remarkable here is the posture of readiness- almost but not quite on the way to a defensive/attack posture we used to call the 'horse stance' in my small experience of martial arts- something quite solid and balanced in the pose...I should have no fears for the young lady's future. Something likewise curious in the three (am I correct?) unlit lanterns - perhaps a domiciliary task interrupted or left un-done?
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Shirleys-Art-Site Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
love the intensity and beauty of your work!
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
She's very beautiful, especially that lovely long hair. :)
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VisionarySoLe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You never fail to amaze us
Great work!
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artikali Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
very lovely artwork
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Azzie7545 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
so beautiful... I really cannot find words to express what your art makes me feel; what you see in your mind and allow us to see through your art is what the word "beautiful" so pathetically tries to convey.
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Elfin-Grrl Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Truly breathtaking...
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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Wonderful. The pose and expression are amazing.
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artizd Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011   Traditional Artist
Beautiful - I love her skin tones and your rendering of the lanterns.

I am learning skin tones and the effect of light on it. How did you decide where you would put in cool and warm colors on her? The highlights on her left (our right) look cool to me, while the overall light on her is warm. Am I correct?

2. How and when do you decide what kind of background you want to put in? Does it matter if my subject doesn't fit in with the background light-wise?
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artybel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! So sad to hear about her mother, I hope this young girl will grow to a woman that will make her mother proud :)
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MimozaBlooming Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you considered making prints of your work available on dA, or perhaps another site like etsy, or maybe at your own?
I'm nowhere wealthy enough to purchase even the tiniest originals, but I would love having your creations breathe energy into my home.
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Veronika-Art Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Brilliant colours and amazing composition... her hair is incredible captured in your canvas, as her beauty and strenght...
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jane-love-art Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Really gorgeous! I very like this :)
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deserted-heart Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
she is beautiful
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MidnightRunnerMS Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
beautiful!
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Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Stunning! Inspirational, as ever.

I do hope this lovely young lady coped better with the loss of her mother than my own girls did.
Looking at your depiction, I can feel her spirit and the warmth of the lamps.
:heart: :heart: :heart:
I have been "collecting" models throughout the Winter in Guilin to do some Jialu-inspired photography.

Watch this space.
Ian ~ 延安
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NoChoiceLeft Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011   Digital Artist
Beautiful! Your work is always stunning and full of emotion.
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ellemaar Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this looks so real
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NImportant Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful... I love the way you paited the girl, it's simply perfect. I am amazed by your skills and how well you use them.
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HolyHomework Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
that is fantastic really
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Amaterasu1960 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's beautiful, I love the use off colours and it's so sereen I like it very much! :heart:
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KARCEN Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
her face is beautiful. I love the lighting.
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Rowena-Silver Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Stunning work again
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Estheryu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
you are the most amazing artist, i love ur work!
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N-rose5 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!!
I do really like your painting...:)
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011   Photographer
Hi ...Dear ... jialu ...!!!
Your Fantastic Art work
... Lanterns
is featured in Action-Portraits...!!!
if you don't mind...:heart:
best regards.....................You're most welcome in Action-Portraits...!!!:iconaction-portraits:
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HowlSeage Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
damn....that made tears come to my eyes....
its so sad when people leave....
beautiful painting.
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Mode-Hex Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Absolutely stunning...powerful. Immortalized..
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
One of your best-- full of depth and astonishing clarity...
:+fav:
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appa-appa-away Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing work, I love how smooth and detailed your paintings are. It is amazing. Brilliant job, and such a beautiful model.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
so, so beautiful :love:
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CBSites Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
You are incredible. What a beautiful piece of work. It so spiritual but human too. I love your work.
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely!
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KeanKennedy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011   General Artist
it pains me to read that. i know that we've all got to go sometime... but when what i see in front of me is so vivid and full of life, it's deeply touching.
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MayFong Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunningly beautiful
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Livio10 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
amazing as usual!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional
exquisite
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Terrauh Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! The lanterns look amazing and I love the lighting in this piece.
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aznmilton Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
she's very life-like... i can definitely see youthfulness yet adolescent features of her face. I'm sorry to hear about what happened to her, but it is a very beautiful way to remember her as
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jialu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooh, I am sorry to cause any misunderstanding, it was my friend, the mother, who died of cancer, not the model!
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GuoBia Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
I love your light!
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jeffzz111 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:omg: Truly a lovely painting with such a sad tale.. Her eyes.. facial expression and posture say it all :pray:
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Kev1987 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing as usual ^^
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