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Love by dahlig Love by dahlig
I do have a story behind this painting, but instead of words, I leave you with this picture alone. I wonder what your interpretations would be :)

Original size: 6000x9000px; done from scratch in Photoshop with some aid from Painter. This piece was a challenge, mainly to get the technique and mood work together. It took me a LOT of time, especially to get all those little details right.

Here's a link to some closeups: [link]
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gus-hendar Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
The beautiful girl just read a devastating news about the demise of her lover, or maybe not that extreme, the leaving abroad of the lover would be more appropriate :-D
Another possibility is that she just learned that the one she loved actually loves her but because of a misunderstanding she did soething that made him left her.
k-i-t-t-n Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Professional Artist
I'm a fan of your creativity! In his works, there is a soul. I hope to learn how to draw just great =) I would add all your favorites to work =))
P.S. I also got married 3 years ago ... my daughter 3 years (guess why?) Can lay something like a photo;) With children be hell to pay - is an endless work...
Nukorial Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
so painful.....naturally high quality work  as always you do
but instead of love the image represents a sense of agony to it
1chick1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing work.
0saber0 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
just wonderful
Rahfuga Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
is she dead?
TheLittle1 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Reminds me of Miss Havisham from Great Expectations.  Very haunting.
Pantstrovich Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014   General Artist
Took me ages trying to find this again. The image has stuck with me for a long time. And right now, it's rather personal to me, which is why I remembered it. So I'm going to favourite it.
jamiekeda Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014   General Artist
the wall-paint pealed back revealing the cracks riddled threw the wall. The bride lay as if dead her cold hand clutching a decaying letter. to her left is a pile of more letters, and a candle stump that burned until the wick was completely gone. to her left a cage. Every thing from the bride to the wall is covered in cobwebs. years have passed and she hasn't moved. she died when she read the letter telling her the death of her husband, her death day was to be her wedding day she died from the lose of  her love, but her body stays untouched waiting forever for her lost love.
Lisan16 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
wow.great understanding of d art.
Endaewen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the lighting in this piece.
bat2mayur89 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very beautiful...lights are just brilliant !
lost-in-the-void Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
This is magic!
Lowzenza Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
I think she let the bird (love) free "if you love something you set it free, if it loves you it will come back"

- Her bird (love) never came back but she waits regardless...hence the webs.
Hellion420 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Brilliant!!! You amaze me with every piece of work..
TaliHahn Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'd guess the story with this is that love is being portrayed as a cage of time. The woman (girl?) appears to represent youth (white dress, young face, etc.) with her expression/pose indicating waiting/longing. The letters she holds would be from someone, presumably a lover, that she is seperated from. The birdcage also symbolize isolation, and the cobwebs and aged background are signs of the passage of time. She is waiting in seclusion for her lover to return so that they can be together. At least, that's what I got out of this. :)
rocklovingwolf100 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow :iconwowplz:
Celia94 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like a painful memory...
illutracey Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the detail, she's gOrgeous...:)
happydude21 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
I'd give her a hug... if I'd stumble upon the room.
msgaara13 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist
this totally reminds me of the Harry Potter moment when Snape died, even he was reminiscing over lost love.
treglowntara Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing, I can relate!
DeviantLilGirl Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
im guessing, the person she loved had to travel often, and they wrote to eachother back and forth, and the last letter she got back must've had bad news. they were going to get married, maybe the letter in her hand was the last one she ever got from him or her. she stayed in her wedding dress for him or her, to show them that she still cared and still awaits their return. the bird is gone, because either a) it died a long time ago, or b) it flew off, and never came back.
Moonlightian Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I am thinking the same! Either her lover died or abandoned her for another girl. The girl in the picture maybe long gone too, as there are many spider webs around her. The cage maybe the symbol of her imprison of heart.
LegendofKorraFan101 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For me I thought of someone who had finally let the one they love be free and let them go so that the person could be happier, but in reality that person still hasn't really let go and is waiting still, with old memories and longing for that one person to come back. It's a beautiful picture:)
iulisasuke Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist
It's really beautiful! And it really seems to have a story behind it!
Sukoskamilo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
really beautiful ! one of the best pictures I've seen OwO very inspirator
fenice8 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
trouble with anatomy..head not attached to body cobbled together ..

when you paintover a photo the lack of the knowledge of anatomy shows..

the carpet on the floor a photo.badly merged in a layer..

the hair is a givaway as dear marta's own style shows through..

again about three different styles reflecting the quality of the photorefs...

the whole figure unconvincing..the shoulders fading and blurred..could be better with a good reference of head and shoulders...
MarichescaArt Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   General Artist
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image! Charmed, beauty and sensuality ! Good job ![link]
no-gray-area Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jeez, this is so beautiful but so sad. :noes:

I think the woman died by committing suicide because she realized the person she love(d) won't be coming back (the pieces of paper).
ek51 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
My sad love story......I live...she dies, but my spirit dies with her. Many days I am waiting and longing as this woman is in your art. Thank you.
innerviki Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
the woman is dead, lying with some piece of paper in her hand... and the cage...
she preferred to kill herself before her own wedding as she could not imagine living with the man she was supposed to marry
in this sense she chose freedom instead of living in a cage as she would feel enslaved by the person she did not love...
my interpretation :)
nekoizzy88 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I think the story is that her lover died right before her wedding, but she never was able to accept that, and she lives in a world where she thinks he was lost at sea. She sits there with old letters from him (and even a few that she wrote to him that would never be sent.) I think the scene might be that she has starved or pined herself to death with the tears still rolling out of her empty eyes. She has sat there by the window, looking for him, too concentrated to even brush away the cobwebs, waiting for him to come home.
The minute I saw this, I thought, "It's Miss Havisham!" from Great Expectations. After her lover jilted her, and she found out he was just using her for her money, she started decaying in her huge house all alone, never changing out of her wedding dress, and smashing all the clocks in her house so they stopped at 20 minutes to 9.
avadaxxxkedavra Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
omg that's exactly what I thought of! :D
baronessochca Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Much that comes to mind. The impression that her is no longer alive. But she can not definitively die, loyal to someone continues to wait. Maybe it is - a ghost bride who still clings to a letter from a loved one, overgrown with cobwebs by the window, in the decrepit manor? The picture reminded me of the song of the Russian group "Nautilus Pompilius". Called "Polina's Morning.":

Pauline's hands, like forgotten by song under the dogged needle.
Sounds are lazy and are circling like a motes over its head.
Sleepy eyes wait the one who will come in and will ignite light in them.
Morning Pauline continues hundred billion years.
And all these years I can hear the wavers breasts.
And from her breath misted glass in the windows.
And I do not regret the fact that my way is endless
In her Crystalsong bedroom - there is always light.
I know those who will be able to wait and those who, not having waited - will die.
But the with those and with other identically boring to go.
I love you for what your expectations awaits
That the never be able happen.
Fingers of Polina-like candles in the candelabra nights
Tears of Polina - have turned into an endless brook
In the Room of Polina - on the threshold hesitantly hesitates dawn
Morning of Polina continues hundred billion years.

The picture created admiration and tears. I was just on my knees before this picture ... Thank you very much for this work, for the positive emotions!
Ps: sorry for the clumsy English
BeautifulArt4ever Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful and emotive work :heart:
WALkINGinSPAC3 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
She has obviously lost someone dear to her. The lifeless stare indicates that she feels completely dead inside. The letters make me think that she is clinging on to what she has left of her love and I assume that she is wearing the dress as a memento. And the spider webs in my opinion symbolize that she is forever lingering within the past because it's what she has left of what once made her feel alive.

This spectacular work... even spectacular seems understated... absolutely blown away. :)
NaIniE Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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SpiralWillow Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
The story of the highwayman comes to mind albeit though breifly
juliet999 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
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Floriel97 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
this is my favourite photomanipulation in all deviantart! Congratulations! **
kimmig2000 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture... wow! I just love it, but it's so sad. To me, I think that she had been preparing to be wed to the love of her life once he returned from fighting a war. But his return would never come and she received the dreaded news of his life ending instead. She no longer functions, the pain is now too deep and has consumed her. She now just sits and exists with nothing left of her but an withering shell filled with anguish and despair. This is so sad, but beautiful.
AliceDroppedAcid Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is my all-time favorite deviation. <3!
RimrockRanchEC Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I, personally, see this as a young woman in love. She fell head over heels, but he was just playing games with her mind and heart. In my mind, the dress and detail makes it seem like she was ready for a wedding. But the cobwebs and such make me think she was waiting for a wedding that never happened. So, all in all, I would say she was in love, ready and waiting for her wedding, but he never showed. She waited and waited, pacing and worrying, watching for him out the window. To me, it seems as though she actually exhausted herself to death, waiting for a love that would never come.
bibiter Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
the name of the pictue"Love" is curious. My first impression was :"something stale". Upon closer look: Looks like she is endlessly waiting for something, but did not get anything, therefore is suspended in some strange unhappy state. why is it called Love?
MarkAnthonyTheArtist Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
She looks heart broken and she looks dead.
Jennyfied Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Beautiful piece, its so moving!

How I interpret it is.
Another mere victim of love, she waits for a lover/someone she adores to come through but he never comes. He leaves her restless and waiting. She doesn't want to let him go. She is a prisoner of love and her own emotions.
neutralnight Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She's been waiting for so long...where IS he?? What if something's gone horribly wrong?...
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