The sense of tranquility and peace gives this piece a sense of what life is about: being happy with what you have, and the mysteries that life can bring upon an individual. The raw atmosphere and ambiance of this manipulation gives you that sense of belonging in this alternate world that was digitally crafted. The lighting especially is fantastically shapely in its nature and flows so fluently with the landscape. I can feel the essence of this world slowly pulling me in, begging me to enter this world of joy and happiness, yet I feel so far away from it all. A fantastic and beautiful manipulation that draws into the world with no trouble whatsoever.
I love the originality of this piece! When it comes to such ideas as beauty and darkness, we usually see one or the other, and it's rare that the two are combined in a single piece of art.
Your use of light and color makes the scene seem tranquil and magical, and really evokes a sense of peace. As I look at it, I can almost hear the soft chirping of birds, and the gentle rush of the waterfalls as they flow down into the streams below.
However, underlying this serenity is an unshakable feel of unease, emanating from the shadowed overhang. As I looked at this piece, I found myself averting my eyes from those two glowing eyes that were watching me. I felt afraid and unsettled, as if a cloud had moved to cover the sun in the picture.
The power of this contrast is is awe-inspiring. It's incredible how you have managed to craft a piece of art that invokes such contrary emotions as peace and unease, or contentment and fear.
It really got me thinking: isn't life the same way? The beauty and the darkness in life are not distinct, but rather intertwined and entangled. There is no happiness without sadness, or healing without pain. Embedded within the good lies the bad, just as the title of this piece suggests. Very well done!