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River-daughter with water-lily



I painted this for a friend who is writing a story about Goldberry. She had a clear idea of a character who was brown-skinned, with a slightly hooked nose, and long blonde hair that was naturally wavy but relatively coarse in texture. And eyes that were hazel in colour. So I had to take inspiration from a number of references to combine these various ideas. I keep going back and forth about whether it actually worked or not.

Goldberry is the River-daughter, so I gave her a kingfisher feather to wear in her hair, and a water-lily to hold in her hand.

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lindahoyland
24th Nov, 2018 05:11 (UTC)
It's beautiful.
ylla
24th Nov, 2018 22:01 (UTC)
As a picture I think this is great, vivid and colourful and appealing.

But as a picture of the river-woman's daughter, I can't quite get away from seeing the hair as dyed for effect, which is entirely the wrong effect!
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