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Glimpse

Wildborn Series.
ŠRalph Horsley.

Acrylic, Approx 11" x 15"

Original artwork SOLD
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'Despite their fearsome reputation it is a rare traveller who is rewarded with a glimpse of these magnificent creatures.'

I have been wanting to do more landscape studies, and also personal projects, in this picture I managed to realise both ambitions.

The waterfall created a perfect framing device against which to set the silhouette of the Dragon. The Recession into shadows and looser marks help to frame the focal point. plus I really enjoyed painting that water - getting all energetic with my mark making, and enjoying using a couple of different gels. The 'slow-dri blending gel 'enabled the soft glaze of the mistiness, whilst a 'Gloss heavy gel' was used throughout for blending, and in larger quantity for a more impasto effect.

I was inspired by a photograph taken by WVDolphin [link] who takes the coolest waterfall pictures.
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:iconthekidwithaknife:
THEKIDWITHAKNIFE Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student General Artist
that really sucks you in!!
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Amazing UuU
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:iconborderlanderguy:
BorderlanderGuy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
This artwork is the very definition of Fantasy!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - Thanks :)
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:iconjasminsalen:
JasminSalen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Your dragons are truly exquisite.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconambarden:
Ambarden Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
You're really have a talent
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconjimpaw:
Jimpaw Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow your painting skills are insane, really nice work.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconbirgj:
Birgj Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student General Artist
that is AWESOME.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconbirgj:
Birgj Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Student General Artist
you're welcome!
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Well done.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks :)
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:iconitsthewhinyguys:
ItsTheWhinyGuys Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Beautiful!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconitsthewhinyguys:
ItsTheWhinyGuys Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Welcome.
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Amazing landscape! I really like the colours and the design on the dragon! :D
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome sir! :D
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:iconzoggman2000:
Zoggman2000 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Majestic Dragon.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
as I cant paint leaves / forrest, I admire your work even the more!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconmorgoth390:
morgoth390 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist
again just amazing wish i was half as good as you lol
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconletdragon:
Letdragon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
I'd love to have the chance to see a dragon like that. :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Me too!
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:iconletdragon:
Letdragon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Hehe. ^^
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:iconmorwennolatari:
MorwenNolatari Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
*pets the adorable dragon* cuuuute! this is so surreal! :heart:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - Thanks :)
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:iconthrakki:
Thrakki Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning work, as always! I thought this was actually photograph in the smaller preview tab. The colors, highlights and shadows work together here to create a remarkable impression of depth.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot - that's what I was aiming for :)
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:iconbyrondunn:
byrondunn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
I find the rocks fantastic they look so real, but the waterfall is showing up to much white when water goes over rocks it thins them out and allows the rocks to show through. but other than that it is brillant and its magnificent creatures but i will forgive you your spelling as you can't not be good at every thing lol.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment. Whoops - just reread my text, talk about a failure to proofread, combined with v.poor typing skils :p
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byrondunn Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Not a problem, I understood it, great piece of art work, but did feel it could have done with a bit more work on the waterfall, but as i said you can;t be great at every thing well done and if you ever need any proof reading done free of charge of course I'll be most happy to help.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconbyrondunn:
byrondunn Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Your welcome.
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:iconakamelya:
akamelya Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Beautiful! I like the traditional way much more! :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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LAlight Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wow, this is incredible, Ralph! Instantly recognizable as the falls I visit so often. It's really awesome to see them painted. Next time I am there, I won't be able to help but imagine the dragon peeking out from behind the rocks. :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am so pleased you like it. They look like a lovely place to visit :)
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:iconpdstreasure:
PDsTreasure Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This has to be one of the coolest (non-fight) dragon pictures I have ever seen! Amazing!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :D
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:iconblackwolfe:
Blackwolfe Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Your art never disappoints!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for saying so! :D
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DesignsByEve Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
That just rocks hon! A lil different than your usual, but the dragon is great, and it's always nice to see some diversity ;)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, it was good to stretch myself in a different direction - thanks :)
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:iconhelale:
HelaLe Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Beautiful work :heart: I'm realy impressed!
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