Original Wallpaper: Silver Thorn of Bloody Rose

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Inspired by a line in the lyrics of "Vincent (Stary Stary Night)" by Josh Groban:

"The silver thorn of bloody rose lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow."

I think I first heard that song some 3 or 4 years ago, and the image that comes from that line is hauntingly beautiful it is now as it was then when I first heard it. I've been trying to somehow visualize that image for a while, using lots of different mediums (including a sculpture, and photomanip that didn't go anywhere). I just got ArtRage (the most awesome graphics painting program I've ever seen!), and started painting snow (since it was snowing outside), and thought to try and visualize this image again. Why do I like this image so much? Because I love the vivid colour contrast of the blood red rose and white snow.

Anyway, technical details:
- Used this image as a reference for the rose.
- Painted from scratch on one layer using the marker tool in ArtRage (I love the watercolour effect you get from it). I'd like to use more layers, but the free version of ArtRage that I have doesn't support layers (heh I think I'm getting dependent on layers now...)
- I love how the leaf and stem turned out for some reason. and the snow.
- The petals are okay, better than I thought I could do, but could be better.
- The rose... yeah not the best thing ever.. and it hardly looks 'crushed and broken', but ah well...

Entered as part of the inspiration project for simple-ism


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  1. Chloe Retired Moderator Dec 15, 2006

    Very soft use of color, it's awesome. The idea is really neat and the effects make it look almost dreamy. Great job!

  2. alterlier Dec 15, 2006

    to be just a flower is pretty damn heavy....
    anyway I like the concept and I see it clear in this piece, the red is so stunning that is like if the rose was fill with blood and the petals were drops of it, but you know what a textless wall would make this really superb in a way you only get to focus on the rose and not that weird font you put....
    the thumb doesn't make any justice to the whole work so the wait is worth it, for sure.

  3. RNA072100 Dec 15, 2006

    very simple and beautiful~! *^-^* i personally dont think it's heavy but ne ways, great done job~!

  4. chubbykitty Dec 15, 2006

    Very pretty! I love the water color look...Brings back memories..But anyways, great work on this, I love the concept!

  5. Kori Dec 15, 2006

    Simply stunning! Beautiful yet so sad! The use of soft colours is great! And the single rose on white snow is so dramatic! Great job! *two thumbs up*

  6. fawna-chan Dec 16, 2006

    Wow...it looks so nice with the snow and the bright red! >.<
    The watercolor effect looks really nice and brings a soft sad feeling...great!

  7. aqiaqua Dec 16, 2006

    Lovely, simple wallpaper. Beautiful painting, I love the water colour effect. Beautiful contrast, I quite like it too. Fave from me.

  8. moonescape Jan 05, 2007

    I thought I had already comment/ad this as a fave. Anyways I'm so gald that this was added into the elite gallery. It's really lovely and to think you painted it which really puts effort for this wallpaper. Plus the concept here was great. I was really touched by it. Definately adding it into my favs. ;)

  9. moonlightdreamer Jan 15, 2007

    it's a lovely flower! I really like this wallpaper simple but beautiful.

  10. UchihaTaijiya Feb 13, 2007

    Beautiful! ^^
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. SmurffyGal123 Mar 13, 2009

    Definately a fave for me! It's ver beautiful... Thanks for sharing this wonderful work!
    *Winks* ;)

  12. xGabbiex Aug 12, 2010

    pretty ! good jb thanks for sharing

  13. Vaporluna Oct 01, 2010

    Once i heard the song Vincent, i could never forget it. Especially the line "The silver thorn of bloody rose lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow."
    Today i decided to google it, and guess what i found, yes, your drawing.
    It was exactly what i've imagined.
    Thank your for your incrediblely beautiful picture!

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