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The Sick Rose

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Added: Apr 14, 2012
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"The Sick Rose" - this is another one of the paintings I did for my first gallery show - Alchemy Unleashed!    The original painting itself sold there at the show, but luckily I scanned her in and have prints, etc. available. 
 
And no - people kept asking me at the show - this is NOT airbrushed.  It is painted by hand, the old-fashioned way with a normal brush (which takes a lot longer, hehe). 
 
"The Sick Rose" is inspired by the 1794 William Blake poem of the same title (from one of his illuminated books, no stranger to Alchemy himself). 
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"O Rose thou art sick.
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm:
 
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy."
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I however have interpreted with a slightly sweeter tone!  My own original acrylic painting.

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