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Canterstadt progress by CosmicUnicorn Canterstadt progress by CosmicUnicorn
Work-in-progress. Alllmooossst finished.

This painting was originally a school project--a study of Albert Bierstadt's piece, "Sunrise on the Matterhorn". It was a painting I did winter quarter, and I stopped working on it soon after the quarter ended. When I went to NYC with my classmates I saw the real painting at the Metropolitan Museum and was inspired to finish my study--but with some pony improvements.

It's not quite finished, but it will be by the end of the week. Just needs those last finishing touches... Some work on the trees and the atmosphere. Then it will be varnished and slipped into an elegant frame--look for it at Everfree Northwest! :heart:

Tumblr.
Oil on panel.
16" x 20" (40.6cm x 50.8cm)
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:iconsuperpony05:
superpony05 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
its Canterlot
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:icondoctorwurzel:
DoctorWurzel Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Beautiful.
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:iconbeastyxlightning:
BeastyxLightning Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Whoa.
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:iconassassinsrul3:
assassinsrul3 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
*lets out a strangled gasp of breath as he is crushed to death by a tsunami of pure awesomeness*
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:icondadiscord:
DaDiscord Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
You're an artist!
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:iconfatalerror328:
fatalerror328 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well. shit.
If you will somehow make it available as a print later, I will be delighted to buy that.
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:icontemplate93:
Template93 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, that awesome as hell! looks really really good!
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:icontemporos:
temporos Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If I had the money to do so, I'd attend Everfree Northwest just to see this.
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:iconsmallz4love:
smallZ4love Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
is there anyway we could also get a close up of the trees and the valley below?
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:iconpikatina:
Pikatina Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconshockedplz: i.....i..i never knew oil paint could make photos
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:iconlimbairedhiel:
limbairedhiel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Absolutely beautiful. The lighting in the clouds is the most amazing and awesome thing to me. Wonderful glow and warmth. Makes me really wish this beautiful place existed ponies or no (although magical talking ponies would be a definite plus). :)
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Thank you for your kind words.

And this place does exist: [link]
No pony castle though.
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:icong-master-artist:
g-master-artist Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hoho, i envy your painting skillz
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:iconaturo:
Aturo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice... ^^

but Canterstadt.. is this the dutch Name for Canterlot? :)
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:iconjejejoja:
Jejejoja Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
"This painting was originally a school project--a study of Albert Bierstadt's piece, "Sunrise on the Matterhorn"."

So, 'Canterstadt' is probably a cross between 'Canterlot' and the name of the artist who painted the original version, 'Bierstadt' ;P
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:iconaturo:
Aturo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aw.. you dont say :D

in that case i would have called it Bierterlot ^^
anyway i like it :)
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:iconcosmicunicorn:
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
It's wordplay. The original artist's name is Bierstadt.
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:iconchachonimrod:
chachonimrod Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
If I can just... see this up close at EFNW... I will be happy. It's beautiful.
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:icondoddythechef:
doddythechef Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
that is fantastic art
what do you plan on doing with it once you have finished your studies
I would suggest holding an auction for it!
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:iconcosmicunicorn:
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
It is being donated to the charity auction at Everfree Northwest. :heart:
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:icondemao:
Demao Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
That is some great looking subtle pony you have there.
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:iconlorntak:
Lorntak Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
I trust you'll be uploading the finished product to DA for those of us who won't be lucky enough to see it at Everfree Northwest? :(
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:iconmalinaithil:
MalinaIthil Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
It's gorgoous :clap: and the pony castle is a perfect addition :D
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:iconyalcahoon:
Yalcahoon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Wow... awe for this since it's pretty awesome (even in WiP state). Can't wait to see it complete!
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:iconjordanis:
Jordanis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I look forward to seeing this at Everfree!

Romantic painters are perfect for improving with ponies.
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disneyland1052 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Oh my goodness........ O.O You are a true artist
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Swanndroid Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
This piece is something else. You are something else.
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:iconswanndroid:
Swanndroid Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
This piece is something else. You are something else.
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:iconiamli3:
iamli3 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
omfg the love is on a level that of luna ♥_♥.......
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:icontridgeon:
Tridgeon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yessssss
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:iconaffinitypony:
AffinityPony Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
That. Is. GORGEOUS! I love your uses of color and lighting. The way you layered the foreground, mid-ground, and background looks fantastic as well. Adding those last few details is going to really make this beautiful work of art shine!
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fchs219376 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
da beutiful canalaht in da fleash
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:icongamibrii:
Gamibrii Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
This is so beautiful and colorful,I loved it.
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:iconbillysymphony:
BillySymphony Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
I can't wait to see it at Everfree
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:iconjedibronies:
JediBronies Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so AWESOME!!
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:iconcastorochiaro:
CastoroChiaro Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOA. This is absolutely mindblowingly incredible!
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:iconkeithius:
keithius Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
That is superb!
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khyperia Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, this is beautifu... wait... "look for it at Everfree Northwest!"

Definitely going to check this out when I'm there. Can't wait, only a month away!
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WillisNinety-Six Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist
This is wonderful! Looks just like the original painting!

Although the one thing that kind of bugs me is that the shadows on the castle seem a bit too dark, and they're even a bit darker than that of the Matterhorn. Although it is a WIP, so I should wait and see the finished product.

Can't wait to see the finished version! Well done.
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:iconalexstrazse:
Alexstrazse Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's looking really sweet. I love the lighting and the general atmosphere of the piece.
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:iconremenbrand:
Remenbrand Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   Digital Artist
Looks beautiful!
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:iconkittycataddict:
KittyCatAddict Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! That's quite impressive!
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:icondrakmire:
Drakmire Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
I get the impression that there'll be a fierce bidding war for this one. Looking forward to seeing it at the con.
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Ardail Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love good landscape art. Oil paints just seem easier to do it with then digital
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