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But for the Grace of God by zilla774 But for the Grace of God by zilla774
I've been having a really bad spell of non-creativity recently. This piece was started in an effort to break out of that period, mainly as a way of trying to show myself I need to chill out and not take myself so seriously and just 'do' rather than 'try' (getting all Yoda on my ass there).

If there's one thing I really enjoy painting and get a huge kick out of the results and thats clouds. Love 'em or hate 'em, its so rewarding. The piece was started from a blank canvas and worked up from a simple gradient to get the basic horizon. Then I just slapped on the colors and shapes and stopped thinking about what I was trying for and just let it take shape.

The only thing that bugged me is this: I'm not a religious person. But the title was there almost from the moment I saw the cloud shapes form. It just seemed right. No matter what I thought of changing it too, this fitted the mood and feel of the piece so well. So, I'm sorry if it offends people that I've used a title like this. Its not meant to offend or anything. Its a phrase I can remember hearing a long time ago and its stuck with me for a long time. I am not going into why it has so much meaning for me, but trust me, it does, and this suits it well.

Created in Photoshop over 2 days.
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Vashra Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
Being *religious* is a pain in the butt.
Stand up, sit down, kneel.
Repeat these phrases whithout knowing why.
Don't ever say these other phrases.
Snakes are bad.
Apples are bad.
Little girls who like snakes and eat apples....

It's not that there isn't a Truth to seek, it's just that everyone is too busy running around in religious hampster balls to touch It.

Try just being faithful, it's much easier and far more rewarding.
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SINNER5 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Beautiful picture:clap:
The title is fitting, for God created the clouds, sunset, and every part of the beauty of nature.
God is gracious, so much as to even allow us to breathe in His creation, among all the wonderful graces He has to offer, including eternal life through His Son , Jesus Christ.

"There but for the grace of God, go I"
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get-to-know-God Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
I think it would do you good to see my journal :]
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rinnalynette Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2005
all of your work is absolutely stunning. I was referred to your awesomeness by "Lamediel", one of my friends here on deviant.
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KanaScott Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
This is amazing - I'm certainly not religious either, but the title does suit it - suggesting majesty and awe....
(it also goes well with the music i'm listening to)
:+fav:
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LarmeEterne Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2004
woow beautiful! I LOVE THE COLORS AND ALL! ...try to imagine that it is realy God...doesn't it freaks you out? :D :D :D nice! keep up te good work
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RedStripedRose Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2004
This makes my heart melt! You'll be receiving an order for that print as soon as I can afford it. So gorgeous.
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malice676767 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004   Writer
WOW
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FERNANDALUGO Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2004
:) it's something magic! :butterfly:
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gari Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work. it is impiracion for my. some day I want to make art like yours, teacher
take care a friend in south america
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gari Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Saludos,
Desde Chile.
Your work. it is impiracion for my. some day I want to make art like yours, teacher
take care a friend in south america
:robo:
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nubbz Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is breath taking..if the sky really looked like this...even though its beautiful just the way it is..but u know what i mean ...love the blends of colors to this.
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Neherenia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004
cool..
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gulioz Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004  Student Interface Designer
nice :)
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darkintruder Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
Damn I wish I could do clouds like that.
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SGResu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
SUPERB shot!
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Sekisetsu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004   Photographer
I'm not religeous either >.> But I love this. The title does suit it. It's very beautiful!
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:iconegaze:
egaze Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
Very nice work! Go to be my new wp ;)
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ns-dante Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
woh, nice clouds, nice and glowing tones, good stuff. Very soft.
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blackcat1333 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
sweetness!!!
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MissM69 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
Love it :p
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UnReaLzinHa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
you gallery is exelent :) good work ;P
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Li-Mei Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
^^ the colors are beautiful, i couldn't have chosen anything better to look at. ^^ it's very peaceful, i hope you don't mind if i use it for my destop picture. ^^ very nice.
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machtman Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
w-o-w i like the way the light shines behind the clouds
one word b-e-a-uetifull
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yoshiartist Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004   Digital Artist
:clap: i love it
it rocks
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:iconstrepsil:
strepsil Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004  Student Digital Artist
Great composition!
But I have to agree with ~liqachu, it doesn't seems to look finished.
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liqachu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
whats there is nice, but it looks unfinished and the border & typo really kills it for me.
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Despair717 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
typo? :confused:
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liqachu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
typography ;)
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Despair717 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
ah ok, thanks lol :)
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cyberphobia Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
want an advice?.. It's awesome, but now, you can go and add detail to it.. to make ppl stunned.. just a very small brush and draw over all parts ot the clouds.. draw them sharper edges and texture.. get the dodge and make the light from back more aggressive and with more visible rays.. many rays.. and get the burn and burn the unlighted parts and make it so more plastic.. would be *amazing* !! cool job tho, master zilla ;)
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SLamYa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004   Digital Artist
this is really nice ! i know photoshop and i know the work on that ;)
thanx to comment and tell us moire about composition, it's not so often on deviantart and that's very appreciable
good job :)
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NEO3 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice painting!
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vim9 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004   Photographer
Simply Amazing :+fav: :pray:
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RiGhTuShOoK Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004   Interface Designer
thats beautiful man

very nice job

keep up the good work and ill be around posting comments ;)
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es0 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
awesome... :+fav:
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smeghead123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004   Writer
this is amazing im definately adding it :D :+fav:
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fourdaysfromnow Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
This is absolutely beautiful. :)
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Eikichi- Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
Wow, really beautiful ... o_o
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Misio-20 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004   Filmographer
beutiful:)
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Febrauray Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
This is soooo wonderful. I don't care tht you're not religious, the title fits awsomely. Goes directly onto my favs list!
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meis Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004   Writer
I really like the colors on this. And also the whole vibe it gives off. Very nice and soothing to me.
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Anenome Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004
Why on earth would that offend people? Maybe ppl who hate God or somethin. And btw, you don't need to be religious to trust in God. In fact it often helps if you aren't.
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mohok Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004
nice colors:)
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selfloathing Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004
first off i would like to say that this pice is really great. the colors are awesome and the lighting too.
second of all.. i understand ur not religious but why would u say
"So, I'm sorry if it offends people that I've used a title like this. Its not meant to offend or anything."
why would talking about god or just titling something about god offend anyone... i'm just curious on your thinking because i've heard alot of people say that and i just don't get it... the title is what acctually drew my attention to your picture.
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Novacron Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful job, I love it.
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arracraidira Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004  Student Traditional Artist
its gorgeous, and Im glad the meaning is close to your heart as much as it is to mine. Youve got the strength to say it here, so thank you. This work has the hope in it to back up your meaning. Faith is what you find in it, but the hope is allready there. Excellent piece, thanks for putting it up -crash
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drkwng Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004   Writer
What a beautiful, inspirational piece. I'm not a religious person either, but saw no reason for anyone to be offended by the title. If those who don't beleive, are offended by the title or by other peoples beliefs...then they have a personal problem. Incidentally, the title and the painting were meant to go together.
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loofah-lise Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful

what brushes did you use?

your tecniques amaze me

:+fav:
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vipermd Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not really a religious man myself but.. yes.. the title IS fitting.. :)

:drool: Those clouds RULE! :horns: :D
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