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While the Pageant Plays by The-Wizard-of-Art While the Pageant Plays by The-Wizard-of-Art
Celestia, Princess of the Dawn, Goddess of the Sun, and Ruler of Equestria visits an orphanage on Hearths Warming Eve to bring warmth and cheer to the lonely little orphan foals.
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A very Merry Christmas to you all, and to the 700+ people watching my work, thank you!

Watercolor on Canson cold press paper. Finnished 12/23/13.
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:iconmlpegasis4898:
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaww...!!! What a lovely scene... :heart: :heart: :heart:
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:iconnicolasdominique:
NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely :)
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconalicornhybrid88:
AlicornHybrid88 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
THIS. So much feels. Also, that one little Pegasus foal by the tree looks like Derpy, so...
MUCH LOVE
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Why, thank you!
Heh, I guess she kind of does, doesn't she?
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:iconknightcommander:
knightcommander Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Celestia visits orphanages on HWE and reads to the foals.  Headcanon accepted.
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, why not? There had to have been a good reason she missed the pageant. :D
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:iconveggiefangirl:
veggiefangirl Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, this is so sweet! :aww: Instant fave.
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Why, thank ya! :D
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:iconfansyboots:
Fansyboots Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Is it weird that I can see Celestia being a good mother?
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think so. If you think about it, she does play a sort of motherly role for Twilight and the rest of Equestria as well.
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:iconfansyboots:
Fansyboots Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
How about Luna if she had an indoor voice and mental therapy for being sealed away. 
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
She's probably more the crazy aunt type. :iconlunaughtyplz:
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:iconguitarfan01:
guitarfan01 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Aw, tears in my eyes.

Though that can also be laid at the feet of the incredibly gorgeous version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that is playing in another tab. Nine cellos and one upright bass.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbbmDS…
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That is beautiful rendition of that song! I wish I had heard it when I was working on this one: fav.me/d709k5l .
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:iconguitarfan01:
guitarfan01 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Actually, seeing that piece before coming to this one was why I searched for that song and cellos!

everything comes back around.
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:iconkironstrife:
KironStrife Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
They're so cute! I'd adopt them all!  And I could actually spend time with them all.  Loves all the ponies! ^_^
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! I should probably draw them again sometime.:D
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:iconrunesoldierdan:
RuneSoldierDan Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
This looks BEAUTIFUL.

I mean, I'm a 'Protect Celestia' kinda guy to begin with, but this guy could be printed and sold as a pony-themed Christmas card. And non-bronies would still buy it, because the warmth and simple joy it conveys really transcends the cartoon antics of the show.

Happy I stumbled across it.


(Love the bi-color hair on the filly on the far left. Nice touch.)
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
Yeah, designing all those foals was probably the funnest part of this painting.:)
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:iconxelianthought:
xelianthought Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
So sweet! 
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:iconsirjames314:
SirJames314 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Celestia is gorgeous, and this scene is all kinds of adorable.  :love:
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:iconkingdomheartsewy:
KingdomHeartsEWY Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Super cute and beautiful ^^
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:iconashoof:
Ashoof Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
wow! what a beautiful picture!! WHOA!!
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconalesiopdv:
Alesiopdv Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
LOve it
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconcelestiapleasedplz:
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:iconyupasama:
Yupasama Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
One of the best portrait of Celestia I ever saw.

It's very delicate, lovely.
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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:iconroyfokker93:
RoyFokker93 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
really awesome

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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsmartyweasel:
SmartyWeasel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
is amazing!
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:iconbhdragn4207:
BHDragn4207 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A perfect work of the Princess! Nice job!
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:iconshadowdancerbrony:
ShadowDancerBrony Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Her favorite time of year.
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:iconlugiaangel:
LugiaAngel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ALL OF MY YESSSSS

This is how I want Celestia art to look and this is also how I see her :)
Thank you for drawing her like this ♥
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:icontophxomi:
tophxomi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww! This is the Celestia I love!
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:iconxargos32:
xargos32 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Beautiful Christmas/Hearth's Warming piece! A belated Merry Christmas to you.
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! And happy New Year!
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:iconcrossfire7:
Crossfire7 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a heartwarming scene. Celly always did seem like the kind of mare one could just curl up right next to. :cuddle:
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:iconcharginchuck:
CharginChuck Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Well, this is just about as adorable and heartwarming as it's possible to get. I'm pretty sure you just won the internet.
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, the internet huh? Isn't that somethi . . . wait. What's that smell? And why is my geiger counter going off? :iconrainbowdashfearplz:
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Mikkillerib Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why do i get the feeling that Celestia stays in the role of the kindhearted princess and goes to a well funded orphanage at Hearths Warming Eve and reads a story for the young fillies and colts by the fireplace and possibly bringing a gift for each one of them?
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconwtfrarityplz: I haven't a clue. Where do you get such ideas?
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:iconmikkillerib:
Mikkillerib Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Because Celly just seems like the kind hearted type of princess that rules her kingdom without being cruel

and knows that there are orphans living in the capital and know that they need something like that during Hearths Warming Eve.

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:iconhapbog:
Hapbog Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Wow, you should really write a fan fiction about that. 

This piece is awesome!
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:iconmikkillerib:
Mikkillerib Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If only i were good at writing stories.
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:iconjourncy:
journcy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow do I really like this a lot in all ways.
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:iconapplejack2011:
Applejack2011 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Well done.
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconshula6:
shula6 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Of course, that's what we need, a pony version of A Christmas Carol. That would have been a great addition to my A Christmas Carol marathon.
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