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The City by paperboogie The City by paperboogie
Acrylic, colored pencil, and paint marker.

This is a self portrait of myself, dedicated to my late brother, Romeo, who was killed in a car accident at the age of 21 when I was 14. When I was young, around 9 years old, and my brother would come home from hanging out with his friends, curious me would ask "where were you?! Where did you go?" He would joke and say "Somewhere over the rainbow." I really thought he was serious, and he even promised he would take me there sometime. As a kid I always imagined what that place 'over the rainbow' would look like, and I couldn't wait until the day I could finally see it formyself. This painting is a representation of that place that resides in me..

Gallery1988 LA released this as a limited edition giclee print in an edition of only 88. It is selling for $75 and only a few are left. Email them at to order.
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The City by ~paperboogie ( Featured by trowlandson )
Zxyllia Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
Hi, just letting you know that I painted this piece as research for my a level art work and posted it on deviantart and instagram, both times Ive made it clear that the work is originally yours. Here is the link to the deviantart, and my instagram has the same name as this account…
zyvirus Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Photographer
AmberxGayle Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm in love with this!
ArtAgainstSociety Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

Hello! I would like to notify you that I've featured you on my surreal and abstract art blog over on Tumblr. Your work really fits the theme, and you can see it on Of course, I have given you credit and linked to your page. If for any reason you don't want it published any longer, just send me a message and I'll delete it pronto. Thanks, and congratulations! Your art is beautiful. Please note: If you don't see your art right away on my blog, it is probably still in the queue and has yet to be posted.

KingaSzopinska Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
This piece is really amazing, not only because of its creativity but because of it's deep meaning. I think you captured the idea of "somewhere over the rainbow" beautifully ..its actually better than what i imagined when i read your description.
annavana09 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so bloody beautiful , that i just had to sign in and hats off to you :)
prettyflour Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been Featured in my journal!


klacinda Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
detourhk Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
very nice color. I love it.
idaana Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
i think its really beautiful and i like how it has meaning behind it
XyndnyAlpha Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks very... Borg-ish...
Ceraline Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I hope you don't mind but I have to do a Critical Inquiry of a tradition piece of art for my college drawing class and I loved this so much that I chose it :)
ser-comixmann Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
my 18 years old brother was killed when my sister was 12. 2 years later i was born. tihis is very touching for me. excellent work.
BonesTivruskyAsherah Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Beautiful. Seriously.
canpassion Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
:clap: Wonderful... :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: J'adore. :) :love: :heart:
undying-L-O-V-E Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student General Artist
feature here: [link]
Runrookie101 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
This is freaking awesome! i love the use of lines around the sholders
dreamwalker4ever Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! I love it!

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rplate1 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
this is really awesome, great use of line
SoraLove Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great creative self portrait!
Malklover Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wonderful and emotional and I love it <3
SydneySavage10 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful.
gInabr0wn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Filmographer


Kara-Olivia Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Wonderful, beautiful
Odieart-medic Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the piece and the sweet and sad story that brought it to this. Very beautiful.
icelollyheartbreak Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't believe that's actually hand done!
wackyforwakko Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The is beautiful. It's symbolism adds to the beauty.
Matbuk Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012 An artistic contest in Milan. Check it..
Duncantenkate Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
i think this is my favourite of your paintings!
invisibl3heart Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gmengelkes Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
beautiful work
applemint96 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Beautiful!!! :D
TizianaART Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mind blowing! (L)
cipher-X Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the vibrant, dreamy colors and textures that are offset by the stark bold lines. That a memory can conjure such beauty is remarkable. A wonderful testament to your brother. He would be very proud.
MirDeeDee Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is so amazing. I loved the emotion behind it too. :heart: Good job!
WhenYimsAttack Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This has incredible modern space. Great job. Also, very lovely painterly ability and your surface is active.
HMGallery Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow 0_o so cool!!
TheZionScribe Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
im speechless. you are blessed!
Daws3 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012   General Artist
Beautiful! such a sad and beautiful story behind it
Elleinada Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Disconnected from the mundane, you float above the pain & sorrow of this world to find far more meaning in this trip we call life! Your Brother obviously know this place you seem to connect with him on another plane we all share some of the time! I am soooo moved by your story & the Artwork takes my consciousness, wraps it in comfort as though I too have lost your Brother & need to be rocked & told that it is all alright! & what seems now a cruel twist has some kind of reason & other to it's reality! I just want to hug you both! And do not know what to say...
RomeoKapulet Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I love the story behind this piece and I'm terribly sorry for your loss.

This is definitely a beautiful piece that you should be extremely proud of :)
GRANDEYEtheARTIST Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student Artist
Wow...amazingly beautiful, may he rest in peace, and im pretty sure he is proud of this artwork you have down :)
pamezcua Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
i just want to let you know, that 3 years i saw this photo and it changed my life. i got this tattood on my right arm as a half sleeve, and its beautiful. thank you for this picture, to this day it leave me breathless when i see it in the mirror.
Dazecase Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
This made me tear up.. Your description is so downright beautiful. The artwork is such a wonderful masterpiece dedicated for your brother :]
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on your well-deserved DD!!
This is a beautiful piece of art, and so touching.
My heartfelt condolences on your loss. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
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