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The Moth Rose by sphinxmuse The Moth Rose by sphinxmuse
At long last, a new piece before the sand in 2008's glass is run. This piece was done as a trade with another artist: a maker of Native American Style wooden flutes by the name of Ed Dougherty. He crafted me a flute in the key of high B out of a marvelous redwood burl with prima vera endcaps, and in exchange I did a lovely faery portrait for his daughter. Its intended recipient received it today and from what I hear she is very pleased with her belated Christmas gift. You can see a photo of my new flute on his homepage: Tree of Life Designs.

He told me a little bit about what she likes: bright colors, pink roses, the night sky alight with moon and stars, etc. and I went from there. This is a bit of a different avenue from my preferred emphasis in Faery art, but I didn't get the impression that dark and brooding was what would suit her best ;)

It also have me the opportunity to illustrate moth wings which is something I have been wanting to do for a while. (Mind you, I'm not universally opposed to wings - I just think that for most artists they have become a crutch when depicting faeries and are included compulsively rather than with care and intention.)

This image is something of a speculation on the mythical origins of moths. Perhaps they are so attracted to light because of some sympathy with their birth place: a very special sort of rose glowing pink at the edges, the color of the illuminated thinness of flesh when cupped over a flashlight, with petals of tattered wings unfurled on a certain night, releasing them into the sky. The dust from their soft bodies, an interstellar medium, swirled, collided, and caught in its own momentum. Thus the stars sparked to life. Yeats speaks of "moth-like stars flickering out" in The Song of the Wandering Aengus, and maybe he had the same idea.

Size: 8 x 10 inches
Media: Prismacolor colored pencils, watercolor, acrylic, colored ink
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:iconmoondawta999:
MoonDawta999 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
This is purely amazing!!!! :)
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:icondivinerogue1991:
divinerogue1991 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ooooh beautiful, but weird. In a good way.
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:iconklacinda:
klacinda Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
like the wings on the ear unique
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:iconscarelight-story:
ScareLight-Story Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it
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:iconfairyroom1:
fairyroom1 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
This piece was featured on FairyRoom.com! [link]
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:iconangelichope:
angelichope Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Original, and well drawn!!!:heart::):heart::) :iconcolorheartsplz::icondance-4u:
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:iconblackpanda6:
BlackPanda6 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
amazing!!!!!!!
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:iconblackpanda6:
BlackPanda6 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
absolutly gorgeus, I have never seen such a peice that is so unique and different!!!!
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:iconevavester:
EVAVESTER Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
Great work!:heart:
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:iconthepowerofloveab:
thepowerofloveAB Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
beautiful
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SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is really amazing. I love your choice of colors, especially on the moth wings.
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:iconmushroommilk:
mushroommilk Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
I love the eyes and the crescent moon...just beautiful
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:iconneshad:
neshad Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Absolutely pretty....it's a great thing to come back to after such a long time away from Deviantart....lovely, lovely work as always.thanks!
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:iconsphinxmuse:
sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconfluffmarsh:
fluffmarsh Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork is featured here: [link]
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:iconchicourano:
chicourano Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
This is a very interesting idea.
Did you use colouring pencils or mixed media?

Raúl
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:iconsphinxmuse:
sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you. This is a mixed media piece which incoporates colored pencil.
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:iconsombrefeline:
sombrefeline Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello! I've featured this piece in my journal ([link]) and in a news ([link]). Please, fave it so your work will get more views :)
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PinkParasol Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
This is soo pretty! I love the soft colors.
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JessicaRohr Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009   Traditional Artist
Oh, that is beautiful. I love the color combinations and detail of the wings. I do agree with you on the wings part; I find most faerie art to be rather boring, since most of it just seems to be women with butterfly/dragonfly wings.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks so dream-like and beautiful! What a wonderful trade!
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:iconcearafinn:
CearaFinn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hi :wave: featured this beautiful artwork in my journal [link]
:hug: thankyou for sharing your wonderful talent :clap:
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:iconsphinxmuse:
sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconcearafinn:
CearaFinn Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
you're welcome :) :heart:
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:icontiamat9:
tiamat9 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
Exquisitely detailed and colored. I love the style and texture. Elegant composition. The wings are absolutely gorgeous.
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:iconfarfalla-dea:
Farfalla-Dea Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
LOVE IT! I love the feel to it, I love everything about it. Your colors are great and I feel like she would be a prophetess among her people...

Great work.
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jade-rose-art Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
So many details, I really like this. Amazing! :)
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:iconsphinxmuse:
sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:icondarklingwoods:
darklingwoods Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
she has just enough darkness to be a moth, yet has such a peaceful glow. Just beautiful I'm sure she will treasure it!
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:iconsphinxmuse:
sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you :) From what I've been told, it was her favorite Christmas present.
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:iconmrs-jessicat:
mrs-jessicat Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
the subtle colours work beautifully! :)
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:iconphantomsrose:
PhantomsRose Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is very beautiful :floating:
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:iconcannibol:
cannibol Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
very nice. she would make a good companion to the mothman.
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:iconwhalewithlegs:
whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
hey, are you familiar with Remedios Varo? If not, I think you'd really like her work.
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:iconsphinxmuse:
sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009   Traditional Artist
Yes, I am familiar with Remedios Varo. I have a few books of her work :D
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:iconwhalewithlegs:
whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
ah, now i'm jealous! The only one i've ever even seen was in a library in Springfield, MO.
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:iconpaintedonmysoul:
PaintedOnMySoul Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
:clap: WONDERFUL!
:heart:
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:iconemasqueradegallery:
EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009   Artisan Crafter
After such a long pause with no new art see, this is really impressive! I love it and awesome to you on the fantastic pipe/art swap -that's great!:) I hope you post some pics. of the flute, I bet it's gorgeous.:)

This is really wonderful, I love your 'feel' for Fae -so natural!:)
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:iconsphinxmuse:
sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you :) I do hope to take some photos of the flute too.
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:iconemasqueradegallery:
EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009   Artisan Crafter
would love to see it.:)
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:iconvioletpixi:
VioletPixi Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Your deviation has been featured here ---> [link]
I hope its alright. :D Let me know if you need me to take it down.
:kiss::headbang::kiss:
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:iconsphinxmuse:
sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I don't mind at all!
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:iconvioletpixi:
VioletPixi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
My Pleasure Hun! ;)
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kahlista Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
This is the most beautifull fairy i have ever seen in my life (hope my english is good). She's very fantastic. I love it.
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:iconravensrow:
Ravensrow Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Beautiful work, what a wonderful inspirational trade too. I'm sure he and his daughter must be over the moon with this creation.
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digitalrich Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
i adore ur style and creativity

very different to my style

;)
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:iconblueyog:
blueyog Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's gorgeous, like usually :) I really love this mix of pink, blue and brown/beige, perfect colors for a young girl.
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:iconsphinxmuse:
sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you :) Actually, I was told she is college-aged so she's probably not a great deal younger than I am.
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