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Goodbye and Welcome by minitreehouse Goodbye and Welcome by minitreehouse
now.. this is a quite personal piece for me.. It started with a topic from Sketchoholic..'Ghosts' (Daniela Strijleva interview's contest).

I was going to create something comedic before but all of sudden memories of my granma came back to me. She passed away quite a while ago but I still remember how devastated i was that time. I tried to pour all my emotion into this one.. which resulted in a really depressing weekend. It was really exhausting both mentally and physically when I did this drawing - the sad music that I listened was making it worse too.

I'm glad to be able to finish it - it's quite a relieve in the end. I miss both my granpa and granma.. I wish that they're both in peace and happy somewhere .. sniff..
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Given 2011-03-29
*Superdemon-Inuyasha says: "The art itself is wonderful and the emotion behind it is amazing."

*Astralseed says: "Goodbye and Welcome by *minitreehouse is a beautiful yet emotional piece which many of us can certainly relate to." ( Featured by Mollinda )
Critique by UnrequitedDream UnrequitedDream/critique/361296394">Mar 29, 2011, 6:20:03 PM
“Goodbye and Welcome” by minitreehouse is both a moving tribute to their loved ones and an allegory for what may come after this life.

First of all, the quality of the piece is exquisite. There’s an obvious attention to detail – the scraggly lines for the tallest man’s beard; the mottled reds, greens, and browns for the bed – without going completely overboard. The visual simplicity of this work and the overall complexity of the artist’s message is what really make the piece so poignant.

There are two sides to this work – the left and darker side revealing the sorrow of losing a loved one, a truly horrible and universal emotion we feel; and the warm glow of the afterlife to the right, a hopeful vision of what’s to come. This distinction is very clear and very effective. The palettes for both sides chosen by the artist are appropriate. The cool blues, dark browns, and grays suck you into the depths of despair that the three figures are sharing with one another. They connect you to the grandmother’s passing through the somber treatment. The smooth transition between the mourning figures to the body, to the grandmother’s ghost, and the ghostly welcoming committee is my favorite part of the entire work. I especially love the internal warm glow of the flowers, which I find to be symbolic of rebirth, or a new beginning, on the other side with the ones you love. That symbolism brings about a cathartic experience, drawing you up from the pain of loss to the joy of hope – something everyone should have, when the afterlife and the unknown become a generator of fear. It is comfort and comfort is what anyone would want during this particular life experience.

I could see this being a part of a children’s book on loss. It’s got a cartoony feeling to it that I think makes it approachable to any audience, adults and kids alike.

The only thing that I would have any suggestions for would be cleaning up the sketchy pencil lines a little around the window/curtains, the mother, and the iv bags. But that may have been an intentional choice, if so – that’s fine. If not, it’s easy fix with an eraser. Not a big deal.

Bravo to minitreehouse! I look forward to other works at this caliber of thoughtfulness and technique.
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MysticalSkeleton Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Very wonderful piece. Kicks me right in the heart
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017
Truly beautiful and moving.
Databug Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016
You're givin' me feels!
KaribuXY Featured By Owner Edited Aug 24, 2016
I know its pretty relative what I'm about to say but I guess it differs from taste to taste. Judging from the picture ,I think she had a good death. Surrounded by people who loved her and greeted by people who will love her for the end of time. I guess no one can possibly want more than be with the people he loved when his/her time comes. And all we can do is hoping that our loved ones pass aways peacefully.
simonkewer Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
Difficult subject. Nicely done.
1jackson234 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Why am I crying so much
101boy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
very heartfelt and beautiful pic,miss my grandmother(my dads mom) and my mom each and every day.hope to see them again soon.
arek-kusu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
Ururuty Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
very nice...
Nathaniel15 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very emotional image, reflecting both happiness and sorrow with a touch of hope.
Nice work! :happybounce: 
SilverSparrow123 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
xxXKrystalSoulXxx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Student General Artist
Amazing piece, just...amazing. My grandmother is going to be passing away soon, possibly in a few days. I saw this piece as an example of one of the categories. I had to see it up close. Beautiful, touching, and meaningful. Well done. I will be sharing this with my family. 
RashidoMania Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
Thoughtful, and beautiful work. 
pheye Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Yep, right in the feels
M4CY Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Very, very powerful. This piece really speaks for itself 
Kewpi-Doll Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I know how you feel, this is beautiful.
PicassoEnigma Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
My parents uncle died a few months back,
' cause of a heart attack...the usual.
AkariHotaruSendo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A wonderful work. Nice idea, a beautiful drawing.  :)
MisLuck Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I buried my grandmother two days ago. Must admit I'm crying here. 
I truly hope she will see all her loved ones and they all are there with golden flowers put in her hair. 

It's amazing picture. The white background works for once to make the picture more alive. To make the shadows more intense, to make the sadness more intense. It's amazing how something so sad is so happy at the same time. 
NikaG89 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Amazing. I love this work.
MissLindsieStarr Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
really heartfelt and sorry about your loss.
ahsr Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Student Interface Designer
This work make me cry. :( Very nice work!
Natamar Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Its so beautiful.. Sad and its give hope at the same time...All we who have lost someone loved wish that...a reunion of them with the ones they love, somewhere...
MiguelKlutz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure your grandparents inspired you to do this masterpiece. Your work states better thans a tousand words that death does not exist.
Pendragon1951 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I hope you don't mind I posted your image on my facebook page as a reminder that death is not the end but a new beginning, thank you for reaffirming that idea. 
MelGama Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm Spiritualist! Love this art! :hug:
Peaceful-Child Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student General Artist
The feels!TT_TT Congrats on your DD!
PROTON099 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is touching...this is art....u dnt even need a description to describe what u really want to express. kudos (y)
LuckyNoble Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Miuna Crying Icon  the feels man, this is so beautiful!
Smiling-Hurts-Me Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I think my Feels Meter broke with this.
This is amazingly good ^^
GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is actually quite amazing...
FrancescaDaSacco Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow, that's simply awesome.
Kashyurio Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This just made me burst into tears..especially becasuse of the little dog and cat
v-242 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
I agree with you.

I kind of felt the same way when I first saw this image awhile ago.

A very moving piece.

Scarlett-Aimpyh Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Inky-Shade Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My eyes just got wet...
Very beautiful piece and very sad as well.
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MadHatterPunk Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
This is really beautiful... :'(
shadowmagi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is a beautiful piece.  :)
Dihleez Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So sad..yet beautiful.
My grandma died in hospital too, so this picture fits her perfectly :(
v242 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
A very powerful image.

SteffanieMoore Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
I have recently suffered a crippling loss, and this has spoken to me in so many wonderful ways. Thank you so very much!
JessKat-art Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. Fantastic work.
AlexiaJane Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
It's just so sad and happy i'm going to cry
zakiaybee122 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Gaianee Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God, this drawing is amazing. Very beautiful and sad. ;_;

Ejobes19 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
do you mind if i share this on Facebook? it is so lovely.
MicSmitty Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Absolutely wonderful!
ninaheather Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Just cannot stop looking at this piece. I'm in tears!
Ejobes19 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
this is awesome! do you mind if i were to share this on Facebook?
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