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Old Man Willow by MBoulad Old Man Willow by MBoulad
I started painting this as a doodle months ago. It grew and grew...I ended up working on it off and on (more off than on lol!), and finally finished it tonight.

Old man willow waits for Tom Bombadil, keeping gaurd over Goldberrys water lilies.

Toucha da lilies, you loosa ya face, he says.

Inspired by book one of Lord of the Rings

:-)

updated Nov. 8th, 2006

May 9, '07

A nice bit of verse about Old Man Willow from ~Yensil

"Old Man Willow is a nasty old shoot.
He's a gnarled and withered old coot.
He'll lull you to sleep
And strangle you deep,
Deep in his tangled old roots."

Just in case you think this looks like a nice peaceful place to sit and dangle your feet in the water...consider yourself forewarned ;)
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Given 2007-03-31
Something about this Old Man Willow makes you do a double take. This peaceful image had me starring at it for the better part of five minutes just taking in the incredible amount of details. One can see the amount of effort and time put into this piece by *MBoulad. ( Suggested by brennenxr and Featured by MidnightExigent )
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Charlieswebsies Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful... I'm actually at loss for words here.
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ilufa Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've featured your work on my article [link]
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Great! I like the face!
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Brumae-Art Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work, his face looks so alive!
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TazPoltorak Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
featured [link]
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ilufa Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a Masterpiece! I couldn't stop thinking about the Celtic mitology, Mother Nature, Wisdom Trees, Ancient Magic... Your painting are so detailed, I'm always finding new tiny particularities...
Great, great work!
I'm starting a group to collect artwork related with Willow Trees. Don't you want to join it? :iconwillow-ivy-lovers:
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ilufa Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry for the spam... I didn't remmenber I had already comment your work.
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ilufa Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Love your work! It's a fantastic scene...
I'm starting a group to collect artwork related with Willow Trees. Don't you want to join it? :iconwillow-ivy-lovers:
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lordportico Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
lol, it reminds me of grandma willow, in Pocahontas. It's beautiful. "loves it" =)
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mushroomGOD121 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I really love this :)
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erayeray Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
man how can you do that! u got some sort of training or somthing? I am in Turkey and I had only a drawing lesson and it was beginner of beginners. fuck inequality of oportunities!! and also loved your job
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FantasyWench Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hee hee hee that's so cool!
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CrazyRedYoyo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Hi. I used this picture on my personal blog, here [link]
This is the page translated into english: [link]
The translation is lame but enough to figure out what's all about. I hope you will give me the permission to keep the photo posted. I put the credits in the post's left bottom, where I linked to this deviant page. Beautiful creation you have here.
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SkyDragonElements Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow
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gbindis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
Beautiful. I love all the details. Here he looks sad, I imagine him as more evil creature though ;)
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writerwillow Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
I love this!! Willow Trees are so special to me, that's why I adopted the name Willow :)
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SugarSprinkledWalrus Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i love the face and how the lilies look like their swaying in the breeze :love:
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Wendrowillow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
I enjoy this picture thoroughly
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Kairi-Allerdyce Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
Im playing the first lord of the rings game and the tree beats you senseless so it was nice to see a pleasant picture.
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LordVenomTLD Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
Hello
You have been featured in my article
Digital places inspiration gallery

Hope you like it
Thank's

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kunalsheoran Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
grrrt.......work luks like u r also a fan of lotr...............
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primulatook Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is wonderful!
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AbbeyAllen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
Amazing job, I love everything about it, especially the water.
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Pyrox666xPheebs Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
This is so beautiful!
And it has so much detail in it! :)

Definately a favourite! :glomp:
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MBoulad Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
Thank you so much for the fav and a kind comment :hug: :)
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Pyrox666xPheebs Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
No problem :) :hug:
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Fooledsweetness Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
beautiful job i mean the details are so serene amazing job and colors
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hizuki24 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
WooooooW!!!
This is just soooooo great!!
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navi-g Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
I wish I could favroite it more than once.
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MBoulad Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
:hug: that's sweet, thank you!
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navi-g Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
When I first added it, I had no clue what it was, but since I recently started reading LoTR (I'm at Rivendel), I can appreciate it much much more. =)

(Does Rivendel have one 'L' or two?)
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Latterose Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
That is really good!
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MBoulad Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
Thank you!
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Woodsong Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
Fantastic. Magnificently depicted leaves and realistic looking water, and the superb addition of the white lilies in the fore and backround that really catch the eye. The Old Man Willow himself look very withered and old, but there is definently a soullfull look in his eyes. This is something that few artists I have seen have been able to do successfully, very good.
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redandyellowVODKA Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
wow i like it along with other paintings u made mon'

keep it up
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WhenPigsFry Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful version of the willow from LOTR. You put some great details into this one and captured the trees emotion beautifully. My favorite part though is the curious frog :D. Great job. Keep up the work!
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MBoulad Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Thanks for your comments and encouragement :D This was one of those paintings I just sat and played around with as long as I wanted, without putting any constraints on how quickly I worked. Those are always most enjoyable, I think :)
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WhenPigsFry Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
The masters took years on their most famous (and some of their not-so-famous) artworks. It took Michelangelo 4 years to paint the ceiling of the Sistine chapel and 6 years to paint the Last Judgment behind the alter. Leonardo Da Vinci spent 4 years on the Mona Lisa. If you truly love it and have the passion for it, it doesn't matter how long something takes to fall together! Keep the great work coming!
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Art-By-Mel-DA Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007   Digital Artist
Wow!!! This is just amazing!
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JunkbyJen Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
:wave: This wonderful image has been featured in my =It's Raining Men= news article [link] :D
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MBoulad Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Thanks again for featuring this, I really do appreciate it! :hug:
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violentjelly Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
i love the water. LOVE the water. ... :blushes:
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MBoulad Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Thank you so much, I did enjoy working on the colours in the water, blending and adding highlights. I love the look of deep still water, where you can see the dark colours below and the reflections at the surface at the same time :heart: It's very interesting to paint!
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violentjelly Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
second that in the loving not the painting,... cause i wouldn't know :blush:
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solitaryrain Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
Oh wow, this is beautiful!
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MalteseLizzieMcGee Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007   Traditional Artist
I love this, especially the lillies (lilies?). They are like somethingfrom a monet painting
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blufrazzle Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007   Digital Artist
Beautiful painting!! Wonderfully detailed! :clap:
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katstyle Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
awesome. amazing work! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Ulfhednin Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Professional Photographer
wow this is amazing
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Patty73 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, your work is beautiful and amazing !!!!!
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