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Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) by Morgainelefee Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) by Morgainelefee
I started this one when the snow still covered the Scandinavian woods, and now it is finished only in the middle of summer.
Slow is painting when having babies :)
This is my personal interpretation of a classic character of Russian folklore, the Snegurochka, or Snow Maiden, daughter of Frost and Spring. Despite she's typically depicted as a merry and kind girl, I wanted to show her sadness, since the legend tells her heart will melt, and she'll die, when she will first fall in love.

Edit: WOOOW, a DD! I'll never, ever though it! Thank you so much everybody, for suggestion, feature, faves, and so on. You really made my day, and hope the Snow maiden will be a little happier, too :)
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Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) by ~Morgainelefee ( Suggested by jesterry and Featured by Thiefoworld )
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NatLaChat Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Amazing!  I love how you want to show another side of the story!
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Blossom-Lullabies Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013   Photographer
I see again this wonderful painting and I'm still impressed. I love so much to find winter pictures with snow and Christmas feeling and this one is just perfect to give me this wonderful sensation of a coming winter. The light and colours are so perfect. You always make me dream, even with "old" pictures :faint: I'm like a child when I think about this season and Christmas, I feel me better after to see this work :aww:
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petitelilyrose Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
its gorgeous the lighting on the snow and even the clouds its so vivid the details on her herself is lovely
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Your are really kind! :hug:
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petitelilyrose Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
hehehe your welcome [link]
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Lilyas Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is truly a masterpiece though I don't think it's even the best work you've done. Anyway congrats on your first DD! Well deserved indeed. :iconshining-heart:
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:
I wasn't prepared at all to get a DD, and not for this picture. But art is not science and different people like different things, I learned. Surely, I'm very grateful and happy someone liked her so much :)
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KeplerNova Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's beautiful! Favorited.
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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KeplerNova Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I actually had this awesome dream last night where the Snegurochka was one of the main characters, and she looked like she does in this picture! :D
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It sounds wonderful to have a dream with these mythical characters, and I can imagine that you couldn't use other words than awesome.
I hope also that your dream was more sweet than the sad story behind Snegurochka!
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KeplerNova Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
In my dream, I was attending a school for fairy-tale characters, where I was learning how to become a good witch. Snegurochka was one of the professors at the school. She generally acted cheerful and sweet, but she didn't seem to be completely sane (similar to the personification of Russia in the anime Hetalia). She adopted a fairy changeling and fought a very impressive-looking duel against the Queen from Snow White.

So, yes, I think the best word to describe it is "awesome". :D
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously, this is not only awesome, but could be the basis for a good novel! It reminds me of both harry Potter (the school of magic, sort of) and Once upon a time, the series (where they mix a lot of well-known fairy tales).
I think you should write down a plot about this dream.
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KeplerNova Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I already did!
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MemMor Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
That story is wonderful but also sad... good artwork :)
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! well, quite sad indeed. I heard there are some nice versions.
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imhilien Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nicely done. :)
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
You're welcome.
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IllEatYourself Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOA. This looks awesome. Now if only it looked like she was performing some sort of ice magic or something, it would look even cooler, although her current pose does hold some artistic value of it's own. XD
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I paint her like that to give the feel of the cold winds in winter. However, I'm not sure if this character is able to do magic, so I didn't depict her in that way. Of course it could be a very cool idea about a similar character, an ice queen or sorceress!
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IllEatYourself Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How about a warlock? My character is basically the inner me, but in most cases, he has complete control over water and ice, or at least is an expert in such skills due to his knowledge of physics and the various things Water is found in, to the point that, if he felt like playing a murderer or something instead of the nice guy with perks that he usually is, he could turn you to mush in an instant by freezing every water molecule in your body. The freezing would cause them to expand, pushing apart each cell in the body as if it was disintegrating, and once it melted, you would literally be a pile of mush. I figured this out when I thought "What would REALLY happen if someone were to have the water in their body frozen?" and looked it up. XD He doesn't usually do that though. He prefers stuff like spikes, shards, weapons, walls/shields, or freezing a foe in place (how he does this is by freezing the water in the air around them and the water/sweat on their skin that accumulates after they have exerted energy fighting him). Pretty darn creative, eh? XD
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh, that will be really frightening! It's like to put your enemies in a bath of liquid nitrogen. Then not only the cells get destroyed, but also the whole body become fragile.
A really terrible weapon, brrr.
Hope that guy will always stay nice :)
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AndytheLemon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
woah
this is amazing. The composition and colours are wonderful
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you really a lot! :hug:
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painfulkisses13 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
This is just so wonderful. I have no words to describe it!
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your words are very kind, thank you so much!
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painfulkisses13 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
My pleasure!
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IAstartov Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
For me she looks here more like Snow Queen. Sadly I almost forget about the legend despite I saw animation in childhood where she melts and turns into cloud.
Anyway awesome work!
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
Indeed, I perceive her as a kind of regal character, probably more as a princess. I tried to paint her crown relating to the traditional russian one, even if not too close.
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IAstartov Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Yes, I noticed that. :)
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CanveySue Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful :clap:
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :hug:
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :huggle:
(and what a beautiful emoticon, it's the first time I see it)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
It shows our little sweety Jack Russell Lilly. :love:
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GriffinsJoy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning! Such a beautiful tale!
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think Russian folklore has a lot of great tales, in fact!
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ADHD-Awesomeness Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful, but a sad tale indeed
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
I agree, too...
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ADHD-Awesomeness Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:(
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TaliaNekoInuAlexis Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Designs are so awesome <3!!!!
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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TaliaNekoInuAlexis Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
welcome :iconbunnyloveplz: <3
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Exsanguinatrix Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I FIND THE LORE RELATEABLE AND THE ARTWORK DEEPLY MOVING!
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you a lot!
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Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Chilly! :)
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