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Having That Dream Again by ursulav Having That Dream Again by ursulav
Every now and again, usually while I'm dozing off, an image will be dropped, with chilly clarity, directly into my brain. Often it's not something I'd paint under normal circumstances, but once one of them shows up, I HAVE to paint it, or it starts stomping around my brain, poking the pink bits and chewing on my ear. A friend of mine calls these the "sacrifice to the Muse"--most of the time She lets me paint whatever banal illustration or weird little comics I want, and in return, I will drop everything and paint these suckers on demand. Even if it's a weird Victorian-collared wasp creature and a bunch of fetus-bearing grapes. (For the record, this has nothing to do with abortion or stem cell research--I'm all for both, so lemmee nip any possible misinterpretation in the bud.)
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count-her-culture Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gah! I hate wasps. Seeing this gave me such a visceral reaction. *shudders* Um. Very effective.
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Abraxas-within Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. It's so random and beautiful. I love your disturbed mind.
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I remember you! I used to visit your page regularly on Elfwood!
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BrittaM Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
This is a really cool painting. I can totally understand what you mean by the "sacrifice to the Muse", I think all artists, to some degree, have these kind of things every once in awhile. An image that comes from nowhere and says PAINT ME. No context, no meaning, and people can fight over what interpretation to give it, but there it is.

For my part, I just see it as a painting of an aristocratic-looking wasp on a bunch of grapes with fetuses in them, but I can also see about a million different interpretations as to what's going on symbolically. However, I despise symbolism myself, and sometimes a pile of fetus-grapes is just a pile of fetus-grapes.
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MarkShifrin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
You have some cool ideas, even if it's in your sleep.
Oh and you have some disturbing mind.
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pCubensiS Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
awesome
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cheziah Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
hahaha... did you ever think of another interpretation? WASP... also stands for, in some of my literature classes at least... white american suberb people. i think. or something like that. but still. and they have lots of kids? hahaha. just kidding.

man, Ursula. I have hearted your stuff for the longest time. (metalandmagic.com!) i am trying to convince my boyfriend we need to buy a ton of your prints for our apartment.
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yingoyango Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
I'm never eating grapes again...
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pro-mole Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the kind of thing I always wanted to paint, but I'd never be able to! Not that I don't like it, I've still gotta scan and upload my "The world awaits you, darling", but the only problem is... time. Time kills all, including wasp-queens and womb-grapes.

...I should really get back to poetry...
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graceia Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Wow. Your muse must be quite happy with your random painting efforts. lol I am. I just love that!! *skips away humming "fairies fairies fairies...."*
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