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This painting is pure appeasement.

Love kicked my ass to the curb this year, and then stomped on it a few times for good measure, and there comes a time when even the most dedicated skeptic/agnostic/quasi-atheist decides it's time to beg for mercy from the goddess who runs that particular show.

So, with the poet Sappho, let me just say...

Iridescent-throned Aphrodite, deathless
Child of Zeus, wile-weaver, I now implore you,
Don't--I beg you, Lady--with pains and torments
Crush down my spirit.

Come to me once more, and abate my torment;
Take the bitter care from my mind, and give me
All I long for; Lady, in all my battles
Fight as my comrade.*

This is a digital piece, Art Nouveau style because I just plain love Art Nouveau, and I picked tomatoes as the floral element because A) I thought it was funny and B) the humble tomato was once known as the "love-apple" and considered to be an aphrodisiac, which term of course also derives from "Aphrodite."

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*Translated by Elizabeth Vandiver.
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:icononeluckyduck:
oneluckyduck Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Ah! So late to critique, but isn't the thicker part of the eyebrow inside?

Love it, nevertheless!
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CEMEH Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Nice !
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deadmalleus Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Student General Artist
this (among others) is simply perfect. You are definatly very talented.

some day I will top you :D

loved your work
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cecelia327 Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
I have to :+fav: this just because of the anatomy. It makes me so happy because it's so realistic and not completely anorexic like I usually see. That, and, with the day I'm having, this was just perfect to see.
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MVRH Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Some of your things reminds me of Alphonse Mucha Art.
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Day-Dreamer07 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
She's beautiful.
This is a really nice drawing, and very realistic.

Although I can't help but think that those "love apples" look like tomatoes...:giggle:
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SlavicWolf Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
cool. someone else that loves Art Nouveau!
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LoopyWolf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
That's a new style
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mandiocaStudio Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
Art nouveau :P
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dragynsidhe Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
...i have to admit that her right eyebrow bugs me. that said, though, i love her expression, the composition in general (art nouveau-style heart cutouts?!? YES!), and especially the tomatoes (way to go with the "poisonous love-apples" reference!)... the seashell at her breast is also a nice referential touch. and if that wasn't enough, i love the realism in your nudes.
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johnnyjinx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice apples.
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Mallenroh001 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
this made me think of that art nouveau artist. . .Mucha. . . don't remember his first name though. . . I visited the museum dedicated to him in Prague
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greengirl18 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
that's beautiful
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strawberry-poo-kmoo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Well, you learn something new every day... great piece!
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Paul07791 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
really cool :D
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flinx Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Love..pah...pfft....geh!

ya.

*sighlette*. Hope yours is in better shape than mine. I intend to build a fotress. Build a wall. And hire Defenders, to Protect it all. Seal it up, shut it tight. Ye gawds this comment is shyte.

och. it remind.

*wailey wailey wailey*
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omegakat Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
definitely seeing some nouveau influence here.
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Mystakaphoros Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Hee hee, this makes the tomato pretty spicy! I love art nouveau as well.
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:iconcamkin:
camkin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
what a beautiful piece. i love Art Nouveau.
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ebenbrooks Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Mucha and Sappho references in one piece! Hurrah! I love it.
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evacorges Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
:nod: my mom tells me that the first time she bought tomatoes at the market, they threw them away because they thought they were apples gone bad :)
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brightshade782 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
...Before I read the description I was like apples=tomatoes in your head?
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the-pink-angel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007  Student
An excellent concept and execution. I love the colors and the feel. A great illustration :D
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furrypriest Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
neat! I don't see many pieces like that.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Very beautifully done! :D
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chinaroses Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
i thoroughLy enjoyed the Art Noveau references in this piece, and the coLors were beautifuL!

Jess
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Glenruben Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007   Photographer
heh. ehm, her face... you know. her nose and all. no offense, but it looks sort of kinda wombatish. Which is not to say it doesn't look good, because your wombats are stunning! it's just funny to see wombat features on a human face ^_^
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Fuu-Inverse Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
I love you so very much.
I love your style, your choices in colors, your characters... You're brilliant, and you need more recognition than you get.
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LimeGreenSquid Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat! I didn't know that about tomatoes. And yes, they are funny! Lovely piece!
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flinx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
love? love can go f** a kite..*sigh*...

...*sigh*

why did my silly devwatch box erase all 100 deviations i still had to see? hmm? foowee...

*sigh*...love...
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BusySquirrelPress Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's funny that I saw this piece today, as I was just listening to a books-on-tape lecture by Elizabeth Vandiver on Classical literature, and today's lecture was on Sappho!
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Mr-Orange-Bob Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007   Artisan Crafter
cool, it's different from your earlier work but it's still damn good.
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JessiLoo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Oh damn this new mature content feature. I was really looking forward to seeing some of your new work too! I'm sure it's fantastic, i'll come back and comment when I'm 18 xD
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CavyWolfe Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
;( Me to.
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Rhapsodia Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
The detail of the seashell around her neck is very nice :heart:
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ponyhome Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Tomatoes are also in the Nightshade family, which by an oblique reference to toxic love may be tangentially appropriate (though the worst they usually cause is sore joints, in those who are susceptible, rather than broken hearts). Bet you didn't even realize how subtle you are!
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Rayfan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007   Writer
Just beautiful! I hope Aphrodite hears your plea - she seems quite bemused by the tomato.
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KotkaMroku Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Ah, indeed. Aphrodite, the beautiful goddess of Love. I hope things will get better with your love ^^"
Very nice piece, and I love the art noveau!
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littlemissmoody Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
I'm sure it was simply fantastic. I couldn't see it --- Mature content filter.
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Wolfjacobs Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
Speaking of aphrodisiacs, did you know that the ancient Egyptians believed that onions were so strong an "aphrodisiac" that the priests were forbidden to eat them?

Also as a culinarian; tomatoes, potatoes, chilis, corn, and tobacco were all from the Americas and were not introduced to Europe until Columbus, et al.

So Aphrodite must be being summoned into the modern age if she's enjoying a lush pomme d'amour.

For my final informational note, from "the food lover's companion"; Pomodoro literally means golden apple but reffers to the tomato, as the first tomatoes introduced to italy were a yellowish color.

May the goddess shine her warmth and affection upon you. May you know her blessings. May she find us both a person for whom we are idealy suited and visa versa. Amen.
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SurlyQueen Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
I love the job you did with the colors on this...And there's always a place for Art Nouveau.

Yeesh, and I'm totally with you on the Love thing too. Hang in there.
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avalanchepark Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
nice to see something new from you . I've read through the comments and there isn't much new to say so I'll just echo the comments of the realistic version of the human form you create and the gentle and natural beauty that results .

oddly enough I probably am more thankful for the poem - for all our change the pain of her plea is very recognizable across the huge wash of history and cultural evolution .
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clamchowda Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
This reminds me of some ancient Greek grafitti that was translated once, left by a guy who apparently had a similar experience and decided that instead of imploring her favor he'd rather beat the everloving tar out of her.
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razz93 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
Gorgeous.
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DEATHMgck Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
Good to see I'm not the only one with trust in the goddess. God hunting in your search!
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erratikassassyn Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. <3

I love your art-nouveau stuff.
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emera Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007   Traditional Artist
Delicious delicious curves. *_* I love the softness, and the detailed tomato leaves.
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horai Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
Spiffing to see you back in form and with a different direction. Love the piece and it has Mucha overtones so that makes it even more marvellous.

Sorry to hear about the life crisis and hope you have recovered from the emotional beating. :)
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emcic Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
Beautiful work as always... Ouch and hugs on the getting kicked to the curb. Heh been through that wringer quite a few times.
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Branitar Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
I know how you feel, didn't have a particularily good year myself. B ut it's goo to see that it keeps your creativity flowing.
I love your stuff, especially the art nouveau-inspired pics (my favourite is the first Orc Nouveau ;) ). So keep it up!
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