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Music Heals by raiinysummer Music Heals by raiinysummer

This is a contest entry for #Mental-IllnessClub ! I was inspired to draw this piece because of the theme they had presented, 'Pick Hope', and the overall notion to 'Keep Hope Alive.'

At first, I was going to tell a personal story regarding a very close family member, to share the experiences that led me to draw this piece. (though he did not have a mental illness) But then I decided against it, since I feel that I am not ready to tell it to others, and I doubt I will ever be. xD

In here, the girl is playing guitar and singing to the flower. And the iris flower can also mean faith and hope.

Are people not like the flowers you take care of in your backyard? Cliche, but still. Many wither easily if they cannot obtain what they need, and yet many flourish and blossom with the proper care. I remember when I would watch my mom patiently prune her rose bushes and fertilize the soil for the growing lemon tree. I would also sing to the plants in hopes of helping them grow.
And when I think of hope, I think back to those times. People who are faced with misfortune often easily fall into despair. They often sink into misery, into depression. Only they themselves are capable of deciding how they view their lives and how they live. Will they sink into misery, or cling onto hope? That is their decision. And yet what can we do to help them besides being there for them? The world is how it is, but everyone's worlds are different. They view the world through different eyes, their views of the world filtered through their experiences and interpreted in different ways. By showing them love and care, we hope to brighten the worlds of those whose visions are obscured by black clouds of uncertainty and despair. We sing to them to express our love, and hope the flowers will live and flourish under our nurturing.

And like ~rockabells mentioned in her poster, "Darkness does not exist. It is only the lack of light." We all need light in our lives, and so do others. Appreciate the love you are given, and in turn, show your love to others (:

Sorry for rambling ; O; I'm only a high school student, so there's only so much I have experienced haha. But these are my current views on this topic. If we were to become depressed, would we also not seek the reassurance of our friends and family?

It's so hard to express what I mean through words. I didn't know how to address this except through "we" and "they." ; O;
I hope this made sense, if anyone bothered to read it xD

Support this group and help spread awareness~ (:


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:iconpumpkinmunchkin:
PumpkinMunchkin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
reminds me of Taylor Swift
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Lovely :D
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:iconkatie-jane8:
Katie-Jane8 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Very lovely image and very true concept <3
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elicottyn Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You've been featured: [link]
:3
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dawn181 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You were featured here [link]
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HeonGaiden Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! I love it
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yuyorkleng Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
The girl is so cute.The pose is so natural.What's the name pf the hand chain's flower?The story is very interesting.-Darkness can be relievd by lightning, the same principle depressed mood can be improved by singing.Let's start singing & playing guiter.Your thinking is very logical.I like it.
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:iconraiinysummer:
raiinysummer Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Thank you! (: Yeah, music often helps me when I'm depressed!
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:iconcadycassy:
Cadycassy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
so cuteee
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:iconqueenmomoko:
QueenMomoko Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
You style....
Is very cute :love:
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:iconraiinysummer:
raiinysummer Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Thank you so much! ; O; :iconblushplz:
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Delicatesilver Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This may sound weird but I like her toes.
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:iconraiinysummer:
raiinysummer Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
LOOOOOL Is it weird I like them too xDD
Toes are so hard to draw omg Q__Q
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:icondelicatesilver:
Delicatesilver Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
They have just this quirky charm to them. It's really cute, I think you did very well.
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Jazzcat-27 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome songs. Slowly but surely we shall sing the right, proper and a new song for our people. Don't rush in, monsters. Be tame our pets.
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Bwsr3 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Music is the language of our soul. That's what I say :D
Really nice drawing btw :) Love your style
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:iconraiinysummer:
raiinysummer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Haha, definitely ((:
And thank you so much!
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:iconbwsr3:
Bwsr3 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very much welcome my friend :D
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friskieSTAR Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
this is reaally amazing <3 love your watercolor textures~ and such a beautiful concept :)
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:iconraiinysummer:
raiinysummer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Thanks Friskie~ C: ♥
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hanzalias Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
sweet
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kyattoi Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the mood of this piece! it's so calming and the pose she's in is perfect! <3
i really love the texture too! :love: ^^
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:iconraiinysummer:
raiinysummer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Thank you so much :iconsadcraiplz:
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:iconpuri-n:
puri-n Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I love how calm it is!!
The texture really brings out that earthy, free spirited feel~
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:iconraiinysummer:
raiinysummer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Thank you! ; v; <3
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:iconpuri-n:
puri-n Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
You're welcome! c; <3
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:iconmaomint:
MaoMint Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
This picture is simply lovely - it just has this certain somethng!
Great pose as well. :meow:
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:iconraiinysummer:
raiinysummer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Thank you so much! C:
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oscar-ojisan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012   Artist
very lovely..:la:
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:iconraiinysummer:
raiinysummer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Thank you! ; O;
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:iconxaiisu:
xaiisu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MAN THIS IS BEAUTIFUL /cries
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:iconraiinysummer:
raiinysummer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
R-REALLY ; O;
THANK YOUU
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:iconicevalaxy:
IceValaxy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the textures in here ;u;
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:iconsofychu:
Sofychu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
nice XD
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Hetare-muni Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely ~
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Ahleeson31 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this~ :iconblushplz:
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mariya1593 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this! Hooray for music!!
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ShaLa-Boo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
ASDKHAJSDKLAJSDAJSHDAJSDHJASDKHAS so beautiful!!:iconamgtouchplz:
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xXoriigamiXx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
I love this picture!
//is so jealous that I had to be at school today
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LILYFlowerr Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Photographer
"<3"
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TatsuHeiaru Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
NOOOOO
HOW CAN YOU DRAW BARE FEET?! IT'S SO IMPOSSIBLE -cries forever-

For some reason I want to make her shirt a nice bright green. Or maybe her hair. ; - ;'
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GeekyNinjah Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you draw so well!? It's not fair ;_;
This is awesome :D
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Chaira-Ravenheart Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oAMAZING!
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:iconi-am-tsukiko:
i-am-tsukiko Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Very beautiful, I feel like she might be ACTUALLY singing :"D
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TheLonelyDonut Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! c: <3
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IcisKull Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
Pretty!! ;o;
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