La Belle Dame Sans Merci by peters

La Belle Dame Sans Merci

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Added: Aug 26, 2002
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The beautiful lady without pity. Based on the poem by John Keats, she is a spirit of the woodlands, who bewitches young men and then abandons them.

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peters's picture

I love working on fabric. Thanks!

soulofafairy's picture

Her gown is amazing!!!!!!!!!! I can almost feel the fabric! Just Gorgeous!

peters's picture

Thank you - I'm glad. Smile

peters's picture

Glad you like her, Isabella. Smile

Guest's picture

This picture is really awesome. After seeing the pic I did a little research and read the poem. I LOVE the poem and I LOVE the drawing.I LOVE her dress.I LOVE her hair. I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!!!

Guest's picture

Me....yes again.Too bad.So sad.EEEEEEEPPPPPPP!Inuyasha's on.Can't wait to get the first and second movie.......Anyways......did I ever tell you how much I lurve....sorry, love this peice.My friend's lingo's getting to me.Anyway.......it really is beautiful.......-turns to tv-I think I watched that episode in Japanese......hmmmmm....anyway!You're tired of my constant rambling.How're you?Good?I hope so.I love her gown.....yes oh yes I do.

peters's picture

Thank you for the lovely comment. I deeply appreciate it.

lockett's picture

You have a lovely gallery Norma, full of interesting and well rendered personalities. I like your considered and 'restrained' use of colour ( some artists fantasy work can be like an explosion in a paint factory ).

This one is my favourite,a beautifully rendered character from one of my favourite poems.

peters's picture

Thank you so much. Smile

Guest's picture

Wonderul hair and great colors. Love the sheer effect of the skirt and the way its draped.

peters's picture

Thanks! Smile I believe I'll illustrate more of my favorite poems. It's fun to visualize what's being described with words.

Guest's picture

I came back to this image because I finally read the poem it was based on, and I can now appreciate it even more. She fits wonderfully with the images that appear in my mind when I read the poem. I just adore Keats, and it's only fitting that I adore your works as well.

peters's picture

You're very kind. This picture evolved, composition-wise, as it was being drawn. Smile

Guest's picture

This is fantastic work - the subject is beautiful and I love the way you've given the impression of a sheer material for the dress. The more roughly painted background is particularly outstanding. Truly fabulous composition, excellent Smile

peters's picture

Thanks. Smile I'm overwhelmed, seriously.

Guest's picture

Norma, it's Kyrstin again. Stupidly, I saw this picture before I read the poem, and when I read the poem and looked her up in my encyclopedia of mythology, I thought, "Wow, Norma didn't just make her up after all!" You're brilliant, you know. I've even tried some art of my own as of late, but the only thing I can do remotely well is Japanese animation, and I'm losing heart. It is writing stories at which I excel, not drawing pictures, alas. Yet this picture is stunning. I have seen many pictures of the dame, done by many different skilfull artists, and I have yet to see another's portrayal of her surpass the beauty of yours.

peters's picture

Thanks very much. ^_^

Guest's picture

i loved this painting and everytime and read the poem all i could do was to picture this image in my mind. It really makes you understand the intense beauty that the man is talking about. I love how you have captivated the enchanting and mystical illusion of the lady but have also included the image of her seductive side. You have cleverly portrayed her a definately a painting to be worthy of!

peters's picture

Thank you very much, Walt. Enya...that's very high praise indeed if my pictures bring her music to mind. ^_^

peters's picture

Thanks so much, Shadow. I will be spoiled by your lovely comments.

peters's picture

Thanks! I airbrushed her skirt very carefully, with the airbrush tool set on very low opacity.

baylessiii's picture

Beautiful painting, and I think I dated this one... yikes! Looking at your work reminds of Enya. Very magical.

Guest's picture

This is a truly lovely woman. My three favorite things about this picture are the woman's hair, eyes, and the scarf-like gauzy cloth she's wearing around her shoulders and neck. Her eyes entrance me, and the way that her hair looks... hmm... I don't know the word I'm looking for, but her hair fits her well, if that makes any sense at all...

Guest's picture

I think my favorite part of the picture, other than the picture itself, is the transperancy effect you achived on the skirt of the dress, so that her legs show through.
I also like the silky, touchable look of her hair.

peters's picture

Thank you, Sita, for the lovely comment.

sita's picture

Thanks for telling about the background, it's a really great effect, and the dress really matches with it, the dress is absolutely gorgeous

peters's picture

Thanks, Donna! The background was done in Painter 7. I set the paper on one of the "crackle" textures, smeared a few colors onto the canvas, then blended them very carefully using the "big frosty water" option. When I do this, I manipulate the adjustments for grain, opacity, brush size, etc. because if I don't I just get big blobby smears of paint. ^_^

bond007's picture

One of my favourite poems ever! And I really think this picture does it justice. Her gown looks so airy and I really like the fae sparkles around her. How on earth did you make the background?? That is wicked cool!

Art at its best.