Cradle of Life by puimun

Cradle of Life

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Added: Jul 18, 2000
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Inspired by the short story -Green Serpent- by Marie-Catherine D'Aulnoy, a 17th century version of the old Psyche and Eros tale. However, Eros is replaced with a man cursed with the form of a green serpent. The curse is his penance for slighting a goddess. The following is an excerpt from the part when the princess (Psyche-role) first comes to the prince/serpent's palace on his island. She was taken there by a magic ship, but midway to her destination, there was a storm…. "Completely at the mercy of the winds, the vessel drifted on until it struck a rock and immediately shattered into pieces. The poor princess realized that mere philosophizing would not save her in such a catastrophe, and she grabbed onto some pieces of the wreck, so she thought, for she felt herself buoyed in the water and fortunately reached the shore, coming to rest at the foot of a towering boulder. Alas, she was horrified to discover that her savior was none other than the green serpent!"

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comment from brendan leahy. this pic is awesome i wish i had ur talents.great job!

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comment from brendan leahy. this pic is awesome i wish i had ur talents.great job!

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bloody awsome. it almost looks as if he is in pain its so kewl. wonderful detail of the night. love all of your work. you draw wicked keep going.

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that is a really beautiful piece i really like it. congrats on the editors pick and keep up the good work!

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that is a really beautiful piece i really like it. congrats on the editors pick and keep up the good work!

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that is a really beautiful piece i really like it. congrats on the editors pick and keep up the good work!

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that is a really beautiful piece i really like it. congrats on the editors pick and keep up the good work!

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I really don't know what else to say!!! My congratulations, and best wishes!

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I've rarely seen a digital work with this depht of feeling and intensity, I'm in awe.

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oh my god, this is so incredibly beautiful. just how everything fits together...i love it. i don't even know how to describe it, but it's just.. i really don't know. great job on this one...

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i really enjoyed your gallery and your style. all of your work has so much detail and a great overall composition. i really liked this one

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This is beyond amazing. *Stares in utter awe*

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I really like this one! The dragon looks so real! You should be proud of this one it's wonderful!

*continues to look around you're gallery.*

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I have loved your work since I first saw it a year ago. Very prolific! I love this piece tremendously though and love the way the mountain in the background and the woman's body are mirrored. Maybe you did that on purpose, maybe not, but it ties it together and the serpent being the source of light! Oh, I could go on forever but you must receive so much praise on a daily basis...thank heavens for people like you who share your work with the world. Best wishes!

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wild I love the drama with your shadowing!!

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This was among the very first pieces I saw on Elfwood so, so long ago. And it still remains my favorite of yours. The tenderness in this picture is so amazing, I have yet to find anything else like it. Thank you, Stephanie!

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One way of getting a subject darker would be to mix your mediums ie water colour and acrylic are ideal. I thing Stephanies work is beyond description I can only wheel out the usual words, but I mean it. Beautiful, awe inspiring etc etc. I wish I could do half as good. This is not because we share the same name either.lol

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This one was done digitally. =) That would be the answer to your question.... I only -wish- I could get something this dark with watercolors!

dlightfoot's picture

How do you get such depth and color from watercolors? This is beautiful. The dragon is great.

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The darks in this piece bring great emotion and depth. marvelous

littlepoop's picture

Wow!...there's so much emotion in this piece. Very inspiring work...thumbs up soldier:)

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This is exquisite Stefanie!

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Your work is amazing. This picture with the serpant and the princess has inspiried me. I get chills every time I look at it. Wonderful, WoNdErFuL work!!

Art at its best.