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The Book of all Books- OIL PAINTING by AstridBruning The Book of all Books- OIL PAINTING by AstridBruning
20x30inch, Oil
I borrowed this treasured bible because of the worn pages, its age, illustrations and the strong faith of the owner.. I did a series of drawings and paintings. I wanted to show how precious it is.

The cast shadow from the window frame forms a cross.

Title credit goes to jmonzani who was generous to allow me to apply it to this work. Check his deviation out its powerful, same title of course,

Another version in pencil





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mekhanikru Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
old is gold
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:iconastridbruning:
AstridBruning Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
thanks :)
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
:clap: Wonderful!
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:iconastridbruning:
AstridBruning Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
thankyou :iconshinyheartplz:
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Phadrae Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
This is AWESOME.
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andersvolker Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
At first glance, I had not recognized a cloth of bobbin lace and the pages of a Bible for a painting, rather kept for a photo. I understand a huge work behind this painting.
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:iconastridbruning:
AstridBruning Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
thankyou for your lovely comment :icontruesmiles:
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andersvolker Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What is your choice painting exact as you do it, when do you decide which details are not fine and what else can be painted, a general question for many painter?
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:iconastridbruning:
AstridBruning Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I love detail so it is very difficult to know when to stop, I use my instinct to say enough. If an element is distracting from the main subject I do omit or subdue it.
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andersvolker Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I see your love of detail not only in the single pages but in the writing on the pages. By the way why did you paint the letters not upright?
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:iconastridbruning:
AstridBruning Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
the writing is only an impression and when I have a good look at it the vertical spacing is incorrect. I did this painting a long time ago and it sold the first time I exhibited it and never noticed that error. Good observation.
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andersvolker Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't see the direction of letters and the bookpainting as an error. Its your choice to see the upper side of the book.
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I so love the reasons you chose to paint this book and am glad to say they shine through in your painting. I think the power of what you wanted to paint, and its coming through, is what drew me to the thumbnail of this piece.
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
thankyou very much for your lovely comment :iconkirbykissesplz:
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very welcome!
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artist--in--progress Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is just amazing to me. so simple yet so deep and wonderful to look at....i love this
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:iconastridbruning:
AstridBruning Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
I am pleased you like this painting :iconletylove:
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PeterPainter Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing professional painting! when i look at works like these i remind myself that i have still a lot to learn...I'm a young amateur artist that want's to go pro, would you mind giving me some tips and constructive critique please? that would be very helpful. [link] and [link] please take a look at them if you can, thanks!
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dreamsinstatic Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Your fantastic work has been featured in Friday Night Features.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I featured this deviation in my journal today --> [link]
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Pi-cath-su Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!!! I like it!!! ^^
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
thanks for the wow :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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PerseCore Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is very beautifull. Nice work. :)
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:iconastridbruning:
AstridBruning Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
thankyou very much :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
The best of February in miscellaneous category in :iconparadiseofartists:. You're featured in our blog: [link] and in our gallery: [link]

CONGRATULATIONS! :icongrin--plz:
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StephenMJackson Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank God such great skill, eyes, mind, hands.
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:iconastridbruning:
AstridBruning Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
thankyou very much, I wish I believed it :iconleartistplz:
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ShinyWish Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
:iconcuteflowerplz: You’ve been featured [link] :iconcuteflowerplz:
:iconblank-space-plz::iconblank-space-plz: :iconhave-anicedayplz:
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EXITmuzic Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it! great job! BRAVO!
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:iconastridbruning:
AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
thankyou very much for the "BRAVO" :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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EXITmuzic Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You deserved it! :D
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ShinyWish Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Amazing, really awesome work!!!! :love:
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
thankyou very much for the " awesome" :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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ShinyWish Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
    :iconmusicnotesplz:~*~*~ My pleasure. :iconcutestkittyplz:
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:iconoxyvia:
Oxyvia Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Beautiful pic, It's romantic, and I love old, old books. I'm librarian. :)
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:iconastridbruning:
AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
thankyou, I am also a lover of old books, the smell of a second hand book shop is always intoxicating :iconbookplz::iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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Oxyvia Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Me too. :D
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VixSky Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing detail, those pages must have been quite a task! Well done!
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:iconastridbruning:
AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
thankyou very much, it did take some time. :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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Inarigamer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the detail is spectacular! really good job! i love it :)
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
thankyou :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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MajesticPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow soo incredible!!! :wow:
I absolutely love the doilies!! :iconawwloveplz:
I must ask which was the most difficult part to paint?
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
the doily was most intricate part.:iconleartistplz:
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
thanks for the wow :icongrin--plz:
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MajesticPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconmypleasuresignplz: :iconnewglomp:
And yeah, the doily was my first guess haha :meow:
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devilbloody Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! THIS IS AMAZING! I LOVE IT! IT LOOKS SO REALISTIC AND IS SOME KIND OF MYSTERIOUS... :) REALLY GREAT! CONGRATS :)
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
:icongrin--plz: amazing comment :icongrin--plz:
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devilbloody Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad you like it! :) How do you insert these big smileys? Does it have something to do with the premium membership or not? Please just tell me how :)

Thanks a lot beforehand :)
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
you dont need premium membership to use emoticons you start with a colon :icon grin--plz: but no space, if you put the cursor over a emoticon you can see word words are needed just put :icon first and finish with a colon : hope that makes sense :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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