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Personal Iconography:  Persephone by UrsaMinor45 Personal Iconography:  Persephone by UrsaMinor45
Oil on canvass, 18" x 24". Glare due to wet paint; will varnish when dry to smooth out the surface

Queen of the Dead. Goddess of Rebirth.

A symbol of the budding and dying of nature.

Here sits Persephone in her husbandís dark house, contemplating her annual return to the earth in spring and the flowers that will once again bloom, the grain that will once again suddenly grow. And then, in the fall her return to that dark place below, with no remorse. Again and again, the endless repetition of being.

Duality is a driving force of Persephone's story. In her younger years she is often called Kore, the grain or corn maiden, yet once she has made the terrifying transition into womanhood she is mostly referred to as Persephone. She is usually depicted clothed, but here she is laid bare for our modern sensibility, where nothing is sacred.

But some things remain eternal.
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:iconpyrexmin:
pyrexmin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
beautifull work, specialy light values!
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very beautiful. <3 And a gorgeous description for the picture too.
But just for the safety of dA and abiding the rules, there should be a Mature Content filter on this picture as it displays breasts.

Have a good day!
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Kanji-The-Wanderer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student General Artist
So amazing.
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UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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rickster155 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
If Phillip Pearlstein had more of an expressionisitc painter he would have been you...your work is incredible and exquisite!
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've caused me to look up Phillip Pearlstein again, and I am truly honoured by your comment!
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:iconrickster155:
rickster155 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
He's one of my favourite painters...and so are you.
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've made my day.....
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:iconrickster155:
rickster155 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad!
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ThePrince1712 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. I love the subject as well :)
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I often harken to classical themes, as they still are of use in this world
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:icontheprince1712:
ThePrince1712 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome. Indeed, well said!
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:iconrobart88:
Robart88 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
very dynamic pose and very well painted.......I like this series very much
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I truly enjoyed exploring this series, and may yet come back to it one day. Cheers!
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:iconkitamba:
kitamba Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
beautiful
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconkitamba:
kitamba Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
you're welcome:)
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davidvaughn444 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! Soft and balanced. I love the framing, addition of the red at the bottom, and the flower bough...adds some tension to a very gentle piece! :love:
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UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your comments, David, I'm so pleased you like it! This painting was such a long time in the making.... it evolved through so many stages.
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scifo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
very well done.precious
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! She is in a different mood than your Persefone. It's nice to compare interpretations with you
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scifo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Really interesting to see how you interpretate this ancient myth! this is so contemporary
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm doing a series of contemporary interpretations of the ancient myths - very personal interpretations.

I really enjoy looking at your paintings depicting the old myths - the breathtakingly haunting
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Blacleria Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing work as always, I like the pose and how you cropped it, and of course the skin! :heart:
Are you posting another pic when this work has dried out? I think the glare is rather disturbing the impact of this great work, I am pretty sure this work looks even much better than this photo can present it.
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UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, nice to hear from you again. And thanks for featuring Persephone - I appreciate your support!

Yes, this painting is proving extremely difficult to photograph. I hope varnishing when it's completely dry will help smooth out the shiny tones. Otherwise I'll have to take it to some special room with very flat light to take its picture.

Take care!
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AMGuzzo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello - nice to hear from you again. Thanks, and thanks for the fav!
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Mandinga91 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i like it a lot,very talented and expressive!
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your kind comment!
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:iconzara2020:
zara2020 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant work! Xx
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Emry07 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love the pose and how you worked on light parts (especially down on the right). Good job =]
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UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks - I found the light at the bottom right the most satisfying, too. This whole painting was so difficult, so challenging to do, because the model was in a dimly lit room. I really struggled with the diffused light on the torso. But, I'm glad I didn't give up.
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Emry07 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So am I. =] The final result is pleasing!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
an absolutely beautiful artwork! :thumbsup:
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - I appreciate your comment very much!
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
it's my pleasure! :)
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BRipin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Another beautiful torso Olga!
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Barrie!
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ArtandEmotion Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The emotion you capture is really stunning... I Love the expression and the glimpse of the face...
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UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your praise - I really appreciate it! I had initially been quite hesitant to post this painting.
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AliceArtGallery Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like it. :)
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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AliceArtGallery Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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