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Lightning over Rhodes
Watercolor, 2016. Tilos, Greece.
This painting is from my travel to Tilos in September. One evening a thunder storm came in over the closest island, Rhodes. It was a spectacular event with lots and lots of lightning. I wanted to capture a feeling of lightning and thunder in this painting.
Hope you like it! 
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The only way out
Watercolor, 2017. Devil's Island, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
This is an island which you don't want to be stranded on.
Only the clouds on the horizon reveals the main land.
It's about 38 km, but the currents will bring you there in about two days.
The tricky part is just to find a way out from this island, past the roaring breaking waves.
The water is never calm around Devil's Island.
It's something to do with the currents around here.
If you don't have a really good boat and captain and happen to be stranded here,
the bay in these paintings is the only way out.
It's called a "horse-shoe formation".
The waves have nowhere to go but to crash into the caves and the high walls. 
According to unverified information every 7th wave crashes hard enough to trigger a "counter-wave" which is strong enough to bring you out on the open sea.
The trick is just to know which one...
It's a bit tricky and a bit risky.

Hope you like it! 
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Rivers of light
Watercolor, 2017. New York City, United States.

I have these rivers of light inside.
They visit my dreams,
and live in my veins. 
It's the bustle and beat of NYC.

Breakfast on the corner.
A pizza-slice on fifth.
A run around the reservoir.
Risking life to catch a cab.
Fast lunch at Le Burger Joint.
The sights and skylines call.
Scenes in every street.
Stories in every wall.

I want to paint it all.
Every building every sight.
Yes, I often miss the beat.
The beat of NYC.

Hope you like it!
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Sunset over NYC
Watercolor, 2017. New York City, USA.
Sometimes words are simply not enough.
It would take hundreds of pages to even begin to describe this view.
I just took a deep breath and experienced it. All the lights, the sun, the sounds, the shades and the colors. 
Then I took an even deeper breath and tried to paint it ;) I must admit that this was quiet a challenge...
Hope you like it!
 
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Summer in the fields
Watercolour 2016, Båstad, Bjärehalvön, Sweden.
This is two of the views from a walk this summer in the fields on top of the hills above the town of Båstad on Bjärehalvön. The bee just happened to take a little walk on my painting, so I decided to paint it :) It was a beautiful day!
Hope you like it!
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A string of lights
Watercolor, 2016. Tilos, Greece.
This is my first sight of the village Livadia on Tilos. The boat had just came around the peninsula east of the village and into Livadia Bay. This was the sight that met us. The mountains seemed so high and monumental. Like if they were hugging and guarding this little place with their tall dark, calming, shadows. Their shelter made the wind, which we had experienced out on the open water, to disappear. I got a feeling of being safe. It was so beautiful. This was gonna be my home for the coming three weeks and I was so excited when I finally walked ashore. The night was so warm, dark and quiet. It was the beginning of an adventure.
I hope you'll like it!
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Tilos' silhouette
Watercolor, 11th September 2016, near Tilos, Greece.
This is a painting of my first sight of the island of Tilos, which became my home for three weeks in September this year. It was a magic boat trip. The sun was setting when Tilos appeared in front of our little ferry. All of us stood quiet and just watched the beauty of the setting sun, the impressive mountain sides and the reflections in the water. The fact that the sea was a bit upset and the boat was swaying more than I'm used to, made the moment even more magic. When we came closer and the high mountain walls closed in on us against the deep blue sky, I felt really small and exposed to nature. The island seemed to be completely deserted. But when we finally came around a promontory and saw the small village of Livadia, I felt that this would become a great trip and adventure!
Hope you like it!
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The blue lagoon in my heart
Watercolor 2016. Tuvalu, South Pacific Ocean.
When I look out the window, everything is grey.
The day begins just before it ends.
The light is either dawn or dusk.
The sea is almost black and the trees only dark.
That's when my heart takes off.
I close my eyes. 
The hard rain turns to soft waves.
The dark grey seems so far away.
Yes, my heart knows this place and I can come.
It's turquoise and blue - more blue than my eyes.
Sitting by the blue lagoon.
My heart and I.

Hope you'll like it!
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Nothing to hold on
Watercolor, 2016. Pacific Ocean somewhere over the Mariana Trench. Inspired by the movie Life of Pi.
I realize that this is a painting of an absolutely terrible accident and scenery and I apologize if you don't like it. I'm not sure why I felt so strongly that I needed to paint this very sad scenery, especially since I normally want to capture positive feelings of small things in life. I think that it has something to do with the feeling of human strength and the will to live in this scenery. No one of us can avoid too walk through life without experiencing terrible things sometimes. We all experience lost along the way. When Pi saw this sight he finally realized that he had lost everything. Swaying above the abyss, witnessing this terrible sight, he realized that everyone he loved was gone, ripped away from him. For a moment he was thinking about following. Just breath in the water and follow them down into the unknown darkness. But the will to live is so strong and even though everything seemed to be too late, he decided to let them go and find a way back to life. He started swimming back up - back to the storm, back to the life boat, back to Richard Parker... He choose to continue to struggle for life.

In the same way we all have (at least) two choices when life seems to fall apart. Either to give up, follow the disaster down and let it crush us, or to let it go, with nothing to hold on, and struggle back up to the surface. We have the power to change perspective, to change our lives and to reach a place beyond all sorrow, where we can enjoy the sun in our eyes and the warmth of spring around us, with our loved ones. Just like Pi got to experience. But we have to take the fight, to continue the struggle, even when we have nothing to hold on... 
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Livadia
Watercolor 2016, Livadia, Tilos, Greece.
This is another painting from my fantastic trip to the small island of Tilos in Greece in September. I worked with this painting on my terrace every afternoon for almost a week. It was so difficult to capture the lights and shadows over the mountains. The landscape kept on changing with every minute passing and I had a really hard time keeping up! This is the center of the little village of Livadia on Tilos where I lived during my three week stay on Tilos.
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Magnus Rapp
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
Sweden
Painting is my passion. Expressing myself through pictures has always been very important to me and a very personal thing for me. I mainly work with watercolor and my pictures are mostly personal reflections of places I have visited or dream about visiting. I'm fascinated by big city nights and the lives we live during the night time. I believe that this is the time when we all become more open and are more human than machines. When there is time for other thoughts than about your job and every-day life. There is time for night walks, talks, thoughts, fantasies, love and passion. It's during that time we all can be Neon Natives...

A second passion is music, but thats another story. If you like you can check me out on Soundcloud.

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SoulShapedFace Featured By Owner 13 minutes ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very very much Magnus for faving my Margot Robbie traditional portrait! 
I'm very happy you appreciate!!! 
Margot Robbie by SoulShapedFace
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Char10tte Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave, I appreciate it!
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rollarius55 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thx for this new fav, Magnus!:w00t:

Polar light by rollarius55
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SoulShapedFace Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving this:
Pink Clouds by SoulShapedFace
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RoanNna Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
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Hello, hope you had a wonderful holidays!
That is so kind of you to stop by and +fav my work I Am the Fire. I baked a cookie Cookie for you in gratitude for the support.
With my best wishes have a nice day! Love 
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NeoNative Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Anna! Yes, I did enjoy the holidays and I painted a lot! I Am the Fire is a great piece and it was my pleasure to fave it! Thanks a lot for the nice cookie and have a great and creative week! Heart Hug Heart 
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CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
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4jeudis Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist
Oh my gosh sorry for the fave bomb but all your art is just. It's amazing. I can't express how excited I am to see more of your work, it's all absolutely gorgeous. 
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NeoNative Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there! That's a bombing that I really enjoy! ;) (Wink) I'm so happy for all the faves and for your support! But most of all, thanks a lot for your kind words about my work! It means so much to know that you like it! Heart Hug Heart 
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