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WINTER by yaamas WINTER by yaamas
I've finally completed the FOUR SEASONS and I am very happy with the way that they turned out. I worked on all four of them during the last 6 months and let me say that it was a journey. The beautiful maidens for these paintings truly made them special and I owe them my gratitude. The landscapes are completely made up and inspired by my many walks by the stream in Valley Forge Park, two miles down the road from where we live. It is absolutely a beautiful and peaceful place and I always feel like I am walking in God's garden when I am there.

I hope you enjoy them and I hope that each painting gives you a sense of peace and a sense of love in the same way that I felt while painting them.

The originals are created in watercolor and they measure 26x32. They were commissioned by a lovely couple just outside of Pittsburgh. Prints are available on my website.

The models are:

SPRING: [link]
SUMMER: [link]
AUTUMN: [link]
WINTER: [link]
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enjoydamoment Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
I have a seemingly weird question. Most people, when picking a person to represent winter, usually go for someone with a pale completion, probably to draw parallels with snow or some such. My question is what made you decide to go the opposite direction and use a model with dark complexion  (which is lovely by the way) 
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tessieart333 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous piece...love it:-)

_Tessie
<3
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zoinkscameron Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's amazing! =D
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:iconbeyday:
beyday Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It took my breath away. I love how real she looks, and the scenery around her. I especially love the way her dress seems to just radiate :) Great job
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SandyMackenzie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Oh, wow. Of all your stuff I definitely like the four seasons best...
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconkanchancollage:
KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Oh! How incredibly gorgeous, I just love this.
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IngvildSchageArt Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is BEAUTIFUL... I am utterly speechless...
The colours, the dress (!!), the details... omg i cant stop staring at this!
I love how the is a contrast to her surroundings, as she looks like spring, and around her is winter.. She is so lifelike. and I love how you used her light to bring so much warmth into the picture! From this moment you will be a huge inspiration to me! Be prepeared to get comments and favorites!^^
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Chibi-Writer Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
This is beautiful! I have to ask, I don't know if you have answered this already, but why did you put winter in a sunny bright dress? It seems more like the dress Spring would wear. Although I do enjoy the contrast and it works with the piece beautifully! ^_^
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Erozja Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Hello! :wave:

Your beautiful work has been featured here: [link] :heart:

Have a nice day! :aww:
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MagdalenaWolff Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work on all the hues of white! Painting snow with watercolours requires a really great skill. I can only envy you ;)
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the kind words.
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Sigurth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the branches and the setting in a creek bed, and the way it fades into the background.
VERY WELL DONE!
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:iconoven24:
oven24 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Beautiful amazing work!
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fragiletension Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
just a.m.a.z.i.n.g
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:iconpoochychan:
PoochyChan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
The snow adds an enchanting touch to the picture. As does the wide skirt of her dress and the icy stream. Wonderful expression for the girl, too. :)
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:iconffauw:
Ffauw Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
i love this so much!!!
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:icontehuti:
tehuti Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I love the lighting and how she glows. :)
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:iconvillemo-av-isfolket:
Villemo-av-Isfolket Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
So cold. Does she not has warmer clothes? ;)
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mlpeters Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Very fine painting, perhaps the most eye-catching of the series, with its contrasts.
Are you using regular and opaque watercolors, or perhaps acrylics? It seems like with so much intricacy, even the steadiest hand would make a mistake and regular transparent watercolors are so unforgiving.
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italianmare Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
me loves.
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:iconelenar:
ElenaR Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008   Traditional Artist
Featured this in my new journal --> [link]
Hope you don't mind ;)
:heart:
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:iconpirate-sempai:
pirate-sempai Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
i love this!!!!!!!
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
LOVE the seasons, James, but this has got to be my favorite. Just something about the colors that really does it for me. :heart:
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UmberEla Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
:faint: amazing. i am speechless
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:iconkitttykat:
kitttykat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
This one is my favorite I think. I love snow and you've captured winter just beautifully! :D
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:iconlechtonen:
Lechtonen Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
This is a stunning series. Well controlled brushwork. Balanced compositions. Delicate models.

I just had to fav them all ^^;
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IceRosePhoenix Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one is my favorite. I saw you selling it at Musikfest but I didn't have enough money to get the small one :(
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AshaleyFaye Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the owl! And the dress is also fantastic! It makes me want to watch Beauty and the Beast ^_^ great job! And the trees are outstanding! This must've taken hours!
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Czathero Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Hobbyist
I love this. I love the winter as well. :D
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:iconcitizenofgallifrey:
CitizenOfGallifrey Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
Beautiful....Dancing in the snow...
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melime6 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she must be feeling cold with that dress in the snow... :XD:

that's so soft and pretty, well done! :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
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angelfishie Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
this is absolutely gorgeous just visually, but i love the way it FEELS. she seems to glow warm against the cold and serene snowscape, and the expression on her face seems so serene yet enlightened. the owl is a wonderful touch, too :)
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MichelaTufano Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing!!!*_______________________*
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SoloDareDevil Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful i love the style and colors :)
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:iconstahlberg:
stahlberg Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
This is an fantastic artwork too (like the other seasons) You show an amazing contrast between the coldness of the winterly landscape and the warm and lovely tones of the nice girl and her clothes! Wonderful!
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yaamas Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you like it...thanks!
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MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This whole series of paintings has to be some of your best work to date - it was an absolute pleasure to fullview them. :love: Beautiful work, James!
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yaamas Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you boribaby. I am so happy that you like them.
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ArtbySandiJohnson Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful movement in her pose...glad she is such a warm glowing color, otherwise I would be shivering looking at her scanty dress in such cold temperatures :D
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
This one was a tricky one in that I wanted all the women to have exposed shoulders, so I gave her a scarf.
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ArtbySandiJohnson Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That would definitely make for a problem.It's really gorgeous
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JenaDellaGrottaglia Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
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lol fabulous piece!
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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artwoman3571 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
stunning ,i love how you make her glow , :)
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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artwoman3571 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
yw :)
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puimun Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
James, all four of these are absolutely amazing. Your bet work I would say!
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:iconyaamas:
yaamas Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Steph, that means a lot to me coming from a master as yourself. I hope you are doing well. I miss chatting with you.
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