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Made with graphite pencils, charcoal and color pencils.

This was my title work for my very first exhibition. My concept behind this is that the rose is representing me. The thorns are everything that I've gone through and is reflected in what I draw. So the whole concept with that exhibition was to express what has shaped me to who I am and what I feel. Sounds kinda selfish but that's what my art is mostly about, to express myself and my feelings. I believe art is the best therapy!

Hope you like!:rose:

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uma12 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
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razbijac89 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
can i use your picture for my book? it's for non-profit personal book of my poetry?
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm flattered and I appreciate that you're asking:) (not everyone does that, I have discovered this picture is very popular to put different kind of quotes on, without my knowledge) So I really appreciate it!
And if it would have been almost every other picture I might have approved. But this work is so old now that unfortunately the high resolution scan of it has gone missing and this is in no shape for showing up. I am a perfectionist so I could not do that.
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razbijac89 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
ok, thanks for honesty
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for respecting it!
The thing is I just found it used and stolen on both a website and posted on facebook. I have never approved of such use, so if you seen anything like it, I would appreciate if you told me:)
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YamiKuriXMeijouX Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
It's amusing how every rose has their thorns, and how every soul has their story to tell.
Anyway, it's fascinating, how you express your feeling through your art.
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm very touched by your comment:aww:
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YamiKuriXMeijouX Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Aw, You're Welcome :D
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petrova Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist
Beautiful.
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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PersephoneBun Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
I wonder what those 16 thorns mean and why/ what depth they take in their difference in size. I wonder what significance the leaves hold as well.
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I will have to disappoint you a bit, since it was a long time since I drew this, and I can not remember having any specific reason for having that amount of thorns. On the other side, as I wrote in the description, the thorns symbolizes every problem I've gone through in life, that have shaped me into who I am today. But who knows maybe it is exactly that many major things? But I can remember thinking that the difference in size is how deep the problem was, some problems are harder than others to go through.
Again it was a couple of years since I drew this, so I don't remember everything exactly. Although I do think the branch with leaves symbolized the tree biggest and hardest things in my life. But I'm not sure, it could also be that it symbolizes the way it could have been if I wouldn't have gone through certain things.
Well, you can make your own interpretation^^
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PersephoneBun Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
You know, the way you describe the thorns is a lot like looking back on past pain in general. You don't remember all of it, sometimes you don't even know if it's going to effect you deeply. You hope it won't at least.
The branches and the leaves I feel are painful memories ie. death maybe that never leave.
I love old Victorian houses that are in ruins, but hate and envy ones still in good condition even though I love them in an odd sense. Maybe it's kind of why you made the rose beautiful, but cut off from the ground????
I'm glad you don't remember what all of the thorns mean. I like to think you moved past it then. <3
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I would say you won't really remember it at all, you always make up things in your mind and compare it to other things in your life at that time. So when you're trying to remember how painful it was back then, you probably can't feel exactly like it, since everything else around you have changed as well.
Yes, you hope it won't effect you and question why this happen to you. But when you're looking back upon it, hopefully you will be glad it happened, cause otherwise you wouldn't be the person you are today. At least that's how I feel about my past.

Hum, didn't quite get what you meant with the "rose cut off" sentence?
Yes I certainly have now:) and never have my life looked brighter, but I've always imagined the future to be better, and that's the only thing that have kept me going during my darkest times. And art!^^
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KIA777 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
roses they stand for so many things
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's why I love them:aww::rose:
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sye93 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you have been featured [link]
your art is beautiful :)
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sye93 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you have been featured [link]
your art is beautiful :)
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Dermoo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Nice work
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much:aww::rose:
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AlayaGadeh Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
...it has something out of another time!
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
hum, how do you mean?
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AlayaGadeh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
It is Baroque I think, very very fine!
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the old classic art:) so wouldn't surprise me if it shows^^
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AlayaGadeh Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
An exceptionally work in style and expression.
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw thank you so much:aww:
and for faving!:rose:
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flikka Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
oh, it's so beautiful! i understand too what you mean by drawing your feelings. i'm like that too. works are like your diary "written" in your own personal code language, or that's what i think..
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it's like therapy:]
Thank you very much, I'm so glad you like it!:rose:
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Yuki-Photo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Hi I have featured this one here:[link]

Hope you like it and fave it and make it more popular so more ppl can see your work :)
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You can see my comment:aww:
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gaaralovesme2 Featured By Owner May 4, 2008   Writer
like they say every rose has it's thorns
it's so pretty!
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
yees^^ this pic has a very deep meaning to me.
I'm glad you like it:aww:
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Benperidol Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
this deviation has been featured in my journal until the end of april :) [link]
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
aw thank you so much:aww:
when I looked in your gallery I thought "hey I should watch this person"..then I realised that's why you featured me, because I'm already watching you:Phaha
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Benperidol Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
:D
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TomGSilver Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 this
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, and for faving:rose:
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poisondanny Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
what a beautful work!!
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much^^, and for fav!
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poisondanny Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
oh you're welcome :hug:
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marcbalbi Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful !! i love it !
Intense and very expressive !
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for commenting, I'm glad you like it too:rose:
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