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I feel like sometimes we focus too much on the cutesy, polished stuff on DA's front page and don't see the less popular but far more powerful artwork. Traditional art offers so much depth and subtlety. Here are some of my favorite paintings. Enjoy the rich colors and textures.

light by ultramartyna

Green Tree, Conscious by SethFitts

La grincheuse by Cadiou

Calm by joakimnordin

Old mill by olejny

Nature's Garden-  PAINTING by AstridBruning

In the safest place by Srdce

Noctambulist 1 by tombennett

Towards the End of Time by joakimnordin

Clouds by lychi

Winter by yelou

Lost by kaiserknife

Alice in wonderland by faQy

Heart of the Sunrise by Bluefingers

003 by ojiyh

torrent by gillesgrimoin

Modern Dorathy by alifann

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SueJOwen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Writer
Wow!!! As good as any museum you could go to. Thank you.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks a lot :la:
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BritishTARDIS Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel that traditional art is so underrated. Thanks for showing the paintings! Gives me hope that one day people will see the beauty of traditional art :3
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks, and no problem :la: That's good to hear, haha. It really is undervalued.
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Clu-art Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree!
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Artsouls143 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
i like all the paintings ..it has different moods
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kyoko43 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love 1,2,3,9 and 13

Great journal! I agree with your view about traditional art - I prefer it much more whenever possible =D
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks a lot :la: And yeah, there's something about traditional that computers can't quite replicate.
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kyoko43 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
True that!!! :iconnodplz:
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naladraws Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful selection :D
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks a lot :la:
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naladraws Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:la: I wish I could paint.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
Me too :B
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naladraws Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And I'm gonna have to paint for school XD
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Trevor-Smith63 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Inspirational. I really enjoyed the journey through your pics. You have a freedom of expression I really appreciate, thanks for the opportunity to experience it.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks so much :la: I'm really glad you enjoyed it. I love showing people some of the incredible art on DA.
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Trevor-Smith63 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, I wondered if you could drop by and maybe comment on some of my stuff.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
Sure, but I'm not an expert, you might want to ask one of the painters I featured here.
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful feature!
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks so much :la:
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RoadZero Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this feature! I really found something for myself here!
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
Awesome :la: I'm really glad to hear that.
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ShinArk Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, thanks for sharing!
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
No problem :la: Glad you enjoyed it.
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San-T Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great collection of works, very raw!
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
Glad you enjoyed it :la: Indeed, that's why I love them.
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Pentedatillo Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Very beautiful. Thanks.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
No problem :la: Glad you enjoyed them.
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neonparrot Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I very much prefer digital art, but yeah, when drawings are all focused on cuteness and details, they become flat and boring : |

These works are gorgeous, though.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
Yeah, I've seen some amazing digital drawings (and I've also seen traditional art that is flat and dull.) But yeah, some people make their stuff a little TOO polished and it loses a lot of character. Idk how many times I've seen a portrait that was almost flawlessly realistic, but the eyes were empty and the picture had no emotion.
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neonparrot Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yes, that sucks. That's why I prefer more sketchy and bright stuff. People are running for perfection and spoiling everything with it.
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Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Old Mill reminds me of John Constable's stuff.

A lovely collection.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
I've never heard of him, but I'll have to take a look :plotting: Glad you enjoyed it :la:
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iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love paintings and such <3. It's a lot more nervewracking doing it traditionally, that's for sure!
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
Me too, and yeah, so many things can go wrong and you can't just delete it. Imperfections give it character, though.
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iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes! And then you have to compensate for mistakes etc etc
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Zonjh Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love traditional art~!

I don't think there's just cutesy stuff and so very polished pieces on the frontpage, mostly. I've noticed there are seasons on what's on the frontpage...:D
It's quite fun~
I love both kinds of art~
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
Yeah, I've seen some awesome stuff there, too. I just wish that more pieces like this would end up on the front page :no: There's some seriously incredible art on DA that never gets noticed.
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Zonjh Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True, true... and it's so unfortunate! Instead of new and mostly disliked updates, there should be such update, that randomly chooses some pieces of art every day, to be displayed somewhere, where they're visible. Maybe that way, more of the beautiful, yet never noticed pieces would get more attention~
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Catnipkitty99 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow this was wonderful :clap:
I didnt even know that dA had such artwork(I cant believe its uncoticed!) This was truley an amazing feature. And I believe some of these amazing artworks belong on the front page, cause they are just that amazing.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks so much :la: And yeah, if you do some digging there's a lot of incredible art that goes unnoticed. I was amazed by some of the art I found.
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TheSmallQueen Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I love traditional paintings for their perfection. You can't take back a brushstroke, you just have to deal with it and own it.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Writer
Exactly, and imperfections like that often give the art character. Some (not all) digital art is too polished for me.
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NancyKilljoy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, I love when you make those kind of posts and I'm listening to music :3 It feels awesome to look at all those pieces and create different interpretations at once, blending it to a song or not. Thanks.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Writer
Awesome :la: I love doing that too-- listening to music and looking at interesting pictures. It's so inspiring, and sometimes moving.
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NancyKilljoy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes it's completely breathtaking. Once I mixed up a picture, song and story I created in my head and I just stared at the thing for minutes, dumbfounded. Too much art at once, if there is such a thing xD
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Writer
Yeah, I've done that. Sometimes I'll just stare into a picture for like 5 minutes because it creates such amazing emotions.
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NancyKilljoy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish all people could feel that way... *sigh*
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SouseisekiKltzNigthP Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great, beautiful paintings
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Writer
Glad you like them :la:
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