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Sword Spirit 剑魂 (2004) oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in
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ChildrenofOsirisArt Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see this, and in my mind I hear the quote: "If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by."
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pinpun1590 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Artist
whoa
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johndunstable Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I've always liked good looking women who know how to use a sword; it just doesn't get much better than that.
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A-Falcon-Velazquez Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Amazing work!
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erkanayik Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
good paint, ı lie your works:)
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hoarderpj Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
We bought one of the limited editions from Kona when we visited Hawaii on holiday from Australia. Loved it then still love it now. Absolutely beautiful work of art. Thankyou Jia.
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GLTirebiter Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Hello. Just last week I was visiting in Kona, Hawaii and saw this (a giclee, I presume) in "real like." Most impressive.
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jialu Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it was a limited edition print - the gallery was nearly inundated by the tsunami!
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LillyJM Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh clothing folds!! >< amazing
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Hi ...dear jialu...!!!
This very intense Art work
Sword Spirit
is featured in Action-Portraits...!!!
Have a nice day...best regards
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[link]
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Ellyevans679 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:heart: Featured in 2010 Drawing and Painting Beauty news article here [link]
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radiantphoenix Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
I love this one so unique so well laid out awesome
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Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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This excellent artwork is featured in my journal. [link]
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silver-shining-star Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
really good^^
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HalloweenCakeSlice Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
your works are all so amazing!
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AnastasiaRamanna Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
a wonderful atmosphere. an image with a very strong expression
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Ellyevans679 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This beautiful artwork has been featured here [link]

:heart: Elle Evans
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Ellyevans679 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Divine the way the fabric flows into the water. :heart:
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SophieBuckley Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is really magnifecent, this is one of my favourites <3 :)
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Rowena-Silver Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
I love it; the deeper meanings behind your art really enhance their beauty
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Lelaya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
I like the pic. It shows strong women and a inspired calm.
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hellsangel13 Featured By Owner May 17, 2010   Traditional Artist
This look like what a scene from Mulan should look like:D I love how you used the horses to give a feeling of wildness and freedom, as if both of them are going to start doing a sword dance anytime:heart:
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pinballwitch Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
Hi! :D This has been featured here [link]

If you :+fav: the article, more people will see your work!
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lesleyburt Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The fabric is gorgeous!
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archanN Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
speechless
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ainekatt Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
I got to see a really nice print of this one in a gallery recently.

This is so beautiful.

Someday I hope to get a print for myself.

Your work is amazing.
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's brilliant. I love their poses and the details in the horses in the background.
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jialu Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The horses come from bas relief sculptures in the mausoleum of the Tang Emperor Taizong (circa 636-649 AD). These were portraits of six of his most heroic chargers, but they are now split up and spread over several museums throughout the world. The Tang elite loved and respected their horses. I have a special affinity for them, having been born in the year of the horse.
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, neat.
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lilAURONgirl Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
wow, amazing. VEEEERRrrry beautiful, I can't stop staring!
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jialu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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gala19452000 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work..........
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Red-SkyeArtiste Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Student General Artist
Fantastic! =)
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unmerwe Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
powerful and beautiful!
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MysticTriana Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
REALLY gorgeous, both the concept and the execution of this painting. Beautiful. <3
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jialu Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the word "execution" in relation to this painting...
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MysticTriana Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, I wasn't thinking of that, but now you mention it, I rather like it also. :D
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SMerle Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
fascinates me as well. You definitely are awesome with folds of cloth. Looks like a picture. Amazingly talented.
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jialu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I am a fabric nut!
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SMerle Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
So, this is where the complete understanding of folds comes from. You certainly can put it to your art. :heart:
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jialu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I have a whole storeroom filled with plastic boxes of Indian brocades, silks, organzas, velvets, toile, embroidered bits, whole costumes.... I've already decided to be an opera singer in my next life, and a master chef in the life after that, but if I get enough lives, I would be a fashion designer in one of them.
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SMerle Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
I am sure you will master them all too, as you have mastered the artist in this life. :heart:
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andreartstudio Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
very very graet work !!! :O:O
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jialu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Women with swords!

There's no doubt I have always identified with the heroes of Chinese history and literature. To be strong, fast, decisive and just; diligent and unbowed by adversity: those are ideals I have always aspired to. They require a certain level of self-understanding, which naturally lends one self-confidence and pride. I try to imbue the women in my paintings with the same spirit. In the hands of male artists, women are either weak creatures, pretty to look at and possess, or they are fearful and dangerous. I see women differently. There is nothing contradictory about a strong woman who understands her capabilities and strives to conquer her limitations. Her beauty isn't in the softness of her flesh but in the iron of her determination and the grace with which she executes every movement. I'm striving after the same clarity in my own work: every brushstroke should have purpose and meaning. Every element in the painting from color to line to composition should be balanced, poised. Chinese martial art has shown me that beauty is strength and wisdom.
- from an interview in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts
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