Ancient Heart by somerset

Ancient Heart

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Added: Feb 23, 2005
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Artwork Description

Ancient Heart was modelled by Epilogue Artist Rita Ria

John Masefield

I Have seen dawn and sunset on moors and windy hills
Coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain:
I have seen the lady April bringing in the daffodils,
Bringing the springing grass and the soft warm April rain.

I have heard the song of the blossoms and the old chant of the sea,
And seen strange lands from under the arched white sails of ships;
But the loveliest things of beauty God ever has showed to me
Are her voice, and her hair, and eyes, and the dear red curve of her lips.

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somerset's picture

Thank you, Anne, glad you like this one, I agree, I think also that Rita is a most beautiful model and an amazing artist too

trenchmaker's picture

Ah! I saw it on Deviantart and recognised Ria. You drew her absolutely georgous! She just looks like herself. You did a wonderful job, the pic is really charming and it suits so much to Rita and regarding your style: Thumbs up, it´s just great.
Love it. Anne ^^

somerset's picture

Thank you, dear Guest, for this wonderful comment, I'm so glad you like!

Guest's picture

I love how the background is so wonderfully unrealistic, beautiful and dark and the contrast of that with the realistic visual of the women. The idea of the painting is cool and then the painting itself is beautiful. It's rare to find such a picture, where the thought and execution are perfect. This painting definitely belongs in that category. I really like it! Smile

somerset's picture

Thank you, Amy, I am speachless, such a lovely comment!

hunterhayley's picture

I remeber once you had commented on one of my pieces. I think it was Full Bloom. You had said that you liked the way I did light. Well I dont think that I have anything on you. All I see when I look at this is utter beauty and the most supreme realisim. I wanna jump in that water, I mean it looks so real. The way you did the clouds the colors you used and the light breaking through is breath taking. Your works are very...stimulating...visually.

somerset's picture

Ah Elena, I treasure your compliment, thank you

elenav's picture

Your pencil work is fantastic!
I do love the light you use for your backgrounds, your landscapes are *real*!
(Your subjects are great, too, but I like more what I find harder to do)

somerset's picture

Thank you. Katerina, such a pleasure to get a lovely comment from an amazing Artist!

katerina's picture

James your colored pencilwork is stunning!!I hope one day i can produce beautiful work like yours with colored pencils, what a beuatiful portrait of Rita who is such a good friend of one mine as well Smile

somerset's picture

I gotta admit, Steve, that Rita was very easy on the eye, such a lovely lady, thank you!

sferris's picture

WoW! Excuse me for not noticing before that you have been a very busy man and doing some exceptional portraiture. Rita looks spectacular James as do the rest as I scan through them.
You've been drawing some of my favorite Epilogonians!!! Smile

somerset's picture

Thank you, Stephen, and welcome to Epilogue, I think you will like the banter here!

Guest's picture

hi james,
im new to epilogue and i just want to say that i love your pencil work. i used to work in this medium and loved every minute of building up those tones.
i wish however i could produce work like this in pencils. have you just about immortalised all the epilogue artists? Wink
great work james, makes me want to get my pencils out.

somerset's picture

Yeah! it was hard getting those little guys to keep still during this portrait! heh heh, thank you, Renata

queenofchaos's picture

I just love her surroundings....and the little fire fly fairies!

somerset's picture

Ah you are absolutely right, Bill, thank you for reminding me to put this in the description, so glad you like!

bcorbett67's picture

Hi James, is that Rita? it looks just like her self portrait? Great work James, I mean really great! Smile

somerset's picture

Thank you, Missy, still looking forwatd to more of your work, especially the three stages of womanhood project!

fluffiku's picture

The sky and water are just amazing, James, absolutely stunning. You're a wizard with colored pencils, I can't believe what you can do with them! I'm jealous, I gotta say, but that doesn't prevent me from loving your work. Another outstanding piece! Smile

somerset's picture

Oh my, Jess, your lovely words really mean an awful lot to me, thank you so much!

Guest's picture

I think this is one of your strongest pieces James. She's beautiful. And your respectful honesty towards your subjects is the mark of a great portraitist.

somerset's picture

Thank you, Keri! I drew those faeries exactly how I saw them heh heh!

soulofafairy's picture

Love it! Love it! Love it!...Amazing talent...such strong spirit in her eyes and I absolutely love the way you envision faeries! Wonderful!

somerset's picture

Ha! thank you, Jeff! you have cheered me up no end!

somerset's picture

Yep, Ken, because the originals are bigger and don't suffer from my dubious photographic skills they do stand out more, thank you!

thejeff's picture

beautiful james! you really got the light just right here. if this isn't my favorite in your gallery, it is one of them. (ok i just went back to your gallery and remembered that there are like half a dozen or so 'favorites' but this gets added to the list. oops, found a couple more, darn it.....)

kenmeyerjr's picture

OK, well, now I understand why they all have this dull finish to them...not a bad thing...I have a feeling the originals look much better because you can actually see the paper and know it is the paper tone/color, and not a dull scan.

somerset's picture

Thank you so much, Alida, I'm glad you like what you see!

alidasaxon's picture

What a great face she has. You do so well at making your subjects feel real rather than glossy.

Art at its best.