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The Great Wheel by Qiu-Ling The Great Wheel by Qiu-Ling
Full title: The Great Wheel - The Four Seasons

This piece was done for a contest with

The idea was to make a piece of knotwork depicting the four seasons. My knot has sort of wheel image formed from the composition, each spoke of the wheel forms a tree which diplays the adornment of the season. Between each tree I have included a scene from the respective seasons. The scenes feature animals which I feel represent those seasons. In the spring there is a buck running through sprouting fields and blooming trees. In the summer there is a black bear foraging for food in a lush forest. In the fall there is a raven flying among the falling leaves. And finally, in the winter there is a wolf hunting in the snow. Originally, I wanted to submit this piece for the contest as an animation, but I knew I wouldn't have time to finish it.

Media: Technical pen and pencil crayons

This art piece is under copyright! It is the property of Christina Stoppa and may not be used without permission!
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:iconkettlebug1969:
kettlebug1969 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Absolutely beautiful!
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Olvium Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your beautiful artwork is featured here - [link] . Well done! :clap:
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thank you for the feature!
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Lobena Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
I came to your page to thank you for faving, when your work made me pause. I had to snoop your gallery and found this. Its amazing. I love the way you depicted the wheel of the year, the flow is perfect and the intricacy and detail to the tree make the whole thing mesmerizing.
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Thanks so much! Glad you like it!
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:iconlobena:
Lobena Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
never a problem, just keep up the great work!
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wapiti1986 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010   Traditional Artist
this is so cool, love the wolf and the deer...
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Thank you!
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Celtic-Druidess Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
*Jaw drops* You cannot know how much this means to me. I'm a celtic druidess, and my three Power animals are the Wolf, the Stag and the Raven. I also have the Bear as one of my guides.
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
Wow, that's awesome! What a coincidence!
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glougee Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I really like this one. Excellent work! I like how you gave each section its own unique flavor :)
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
Thank you very much!
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:iconkotohime:
kotohime Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Wonderful! I really like the way you showed the seasons!
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
Thank you!
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Entirely Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Love the tiny detail round the outside - flowers for spring etc.
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
Thanks so much!
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Pokerhontas Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
Hi Chistina,

I would like to speak to you more on your artwork privately. I am very interested in your piece.

Please email me at : Fourseasonsparanormal@yahoo.com

Thanks!!

Dawn Mc.
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jaspenelle Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
This is still my favorite entry to the contest, so much beautifully tantalising detail! How big is the orginal?
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
Thanks! Umm... I think its about 7" or 7.5" in diameter.
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I am not too familiar with knot-work, but I think this is very lovely. I like how intricate the knots are and how the trees' foliage shows up in them like that. The animals you chose for each season work too.
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
Thank you!
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
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Bug-Id Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006  Hobbyist
That is really cool!!! Nice work!!
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006
Thank you so much!
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:iconbug-id:
Bug-Id Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2006  Hobbyist
You're welcome!!!! :D
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xgealicdraganx Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006
wow...im in awe of it
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006
Thank you! Your entry for the contest is pretty spiffy too!
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xgealicdraganx Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2006
yay spiffy! ^___^
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Scandranon Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very good :D
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006
Thanx!
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:iconilharess:
Ilharess Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006
this is absolutely fantastic...great talent, and wonderful work :+favlove:
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006
Thanx for both the comment and the fav!
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foxvox Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006
Oooh - very nice!!
:-)
Kristen
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006
Thanx!
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
That's lovely... really like the way you've entwined the leaves etc :D
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2006
Thank you!
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Galhad Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
it's brilliantly done!
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2006
Thanx!
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VampireButterflyMel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Your knot work is amazing! I especially like the way you made it like a tree following each animal picture.
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2006
Thanx!
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:iconvampirebutterflymel:
VampireButterflyMel Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
Gently and beautifully woven into place; powerful and full of grace.
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2006
Thanx!
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16stepper Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006
Beautiful work as always. I wonder about some snowflakes or ice crystals in the knotwork of the winter section. It looks unfinished there.
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2006
Thanx! They really don't show up well at this size, unfortunately. I think they might have looked better if I'd added them in digitally.
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DarkGeminiLily Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006
So pretty! And drawn so well! :D :clap:
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2006
Thanx!
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MPFitzpatrick Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006
Droooooooolllllll...LOVE this! Immediate must-fave!
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:iconqiu-ling:
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2006
Thanx!
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Eyeart Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006
Lovely. Beautifully detailed work.
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