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Treasure Hunt by Foxfires Treasure Hunt by Foxfires
©2007-2008 Aimee Stewart, Foxfires - please see my CC Terms of Use before considering using this image for any personal or commercial use [link]

Artist's Notes: Anyone who cherishes the experience of reading a good book knows that there is untold riches found in the rasp of turning pages, and scouring an old book store is the best sort of treasure hunt to be had. And so I wrap up 2007 with a piece to salute one of my favorite pleasures.

This also could be considered a companion piece to one I did earlier, which to this day remains one of my personal favorites - called Ex Libris: [link]

"When the wind is blowing and the sleet or rain is driving against the dark windows, I love to sit by the fire, thinking of what I have read in books of voyage and travel." - Charles Dickens

"Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure-grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh." ~Judah Ibn Tibbon

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it.”
William Styron

“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way”
Caroline Gordon

:rose: A poem inspired by this piece, written by :iconwizillusions: [link]

Model: :iconvalentine-fov-stock: [link]
Bookshelf: [link]
boat: [link]
owl: [link]
Tiny fairy: :iconsadestock:
Chest: My own stock
Texture: :icondazzle-textures:
Ladder: :iconpeace-of-art:
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willowstring Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Hi Foxfire! Im a big fan, and i was wondering if i could use this piece of yours on my blog as the heading picture. Thanks!
AppleSara Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Awesome and good treasure hunt !
Good job !
DraakeT Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i don't use this emoticon always.....but its the moment now :wow: i like me the idea of the girl with little proportions...but overall i love the lightning worked into darkness.

don't laugh about my shit engl :rofl:
Foxfires Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
heheheh thank you!!!!!!!!!!!  You are so kind!
klacinda Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
parsoncarter Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hello, Aimee~ Do you mind if I use your art in my blog header image?
I really love your art. THANKS :icongein--plz:
parsoncarter Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
90Mirabel Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Love it! Picking up a book is like taking off on a new adventure!
AuthorTrueorFalse Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Hi Aimee. I love this picture. my publisher would like you to perhaps design my book cover. could i have your contact info.
honoria811 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
oh, to be among all those books!! beautiful picture!!
LadyJetske Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Very nice!
Marirj2012 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
LOVE your pic, do you mind if I use it in my college's project about influencing people to read? I'll give you all the credits for it, of course. (:
CavalierQueen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
I was looking for a woman and books and this is the perfect piece! I love to get buried in books and leave the world behind for the fantasy of some other place, some other time. This is the perfect piece of art to describe that.
TwilightNinja0001 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Fidje Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
as from fairy tale..)
Bearuthiel Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Curious photomanipulation. :)
Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ;)
twisk Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
AWWWWWW books and reading and imagination - the best things in the world :love: :love:
love the picture , love the quotes :iconlovesplz:
Aotearoa-Girl Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! I just love this picture!
I also share the love of reading!!
El-Jorro Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Fabulous job!!
sMuffinLove Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Love this piece!
sevymama Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Hello, I'm a sr at the art institute, wondering if I can use this for a mock ad? It will not be used any other way, except for school and possibly in my portfolio, I'll give you full credit for the image.
We have to make an ad for an
aeravi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
:clap: featured in narrative VI :dance:

beautifully thought out, magical image!
reminds me of all the time i spent fantasizing about being that size when i was a child. also when i had time to read books a lot more! great colors and composition.
Schnette Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
calmyafarm Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Student Interface Designer
I am so inspired by this! you have beautiful ideas and amazing skills :)
darkofknight Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009   General Artist
You've been featured in my journal :heart: [link]
artisticatedivy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this. The disproportionate sizing is really cool, and I like the indication of the title.
gwilym Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
I so agree with you about books. Whenever we move house there are always boxes and boxes and BOXES of books!! So they keep us fit as well as feed our minds!
A great image.
Morphine-Cloud Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Very magic and mysterious atmosphere...
Dalinela Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... It's beautifull!
MelGama Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Amazing as usual! :blowkiss:
Foxfires Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much Mel!!
Diarment Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
A great job, I like it.
o00khanhlynk00o Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
really fantastic
love love love
houk Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
Lovely colours and lighting.
Wonderful work.
Nataly-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
u was featured here : [link]
a beautiful work :D :#1:
Anila522 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
I love this.
Just staring at it makes me feel as if I just finished reading an amazing book. Wow.
KattyG Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
I just need to ask, are u self taught or have you had some formal training. I wish i was as brilliant as you. Its wonderful to look through your work i love it all so much.
My friends all keep telling me i should do graphic design, but wow, i am no where near as good as you but i wish i was.
Foxfires Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Awww thank you Katty! Actually I am all self taught. :) I was already a natural 'artist', with traditional methods... but I started dabbling with Photoshop around 1999. I just kept practicing on things, and trying to mimic the art that I liked here on DeviantArt. It took a lot of time - sometimes I'd sit here for 8 hours at a time experimenting with technics, but after a couple of years, it really clicked in. Just keep at it, and experimenting, and there's no stopping you! :D
CindeeRoo Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
`Lilyas just posted a journal about how one of her images had been stolen and the copyright removed from it as well. While I was browsing the many images uploaded by this "individual" I found yours here [link]

Just thought you'd want to know. :)
steppeland Featured By Owner May 20, 2008   Photographer
OMG - this really takes my breath away...!
I came accross this image while looking for and collecting stock to make... this image...! :wow:
Exactly! That's it! :faint:
Can't believe my eyes ... :lol:

I will note you... :)
Kri-chan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
That's so well made and cute. I know exactly how you feel. Discovering a great book is the same as the rush of discovering hidden treasure, except not finite like any kind of wealth.
vitalia Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
beautiful concept . . . I can just smell the musty, old pages, ambrosia to me!
Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! That means a lot to me!!
EscApeMonotOny Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I just adore your work... thanks for the dreams! :blowkiss:
Amritsar Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
Oh, what a lovely representation of this idea!
killermuse Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
so nice~
Jennie21 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
Love it ! Love it !! Love it !!!!
Evendia Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
I'm absolutely in love with this. It fits me perfectly. :) I would like to use it in my LJ; is that possible?
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