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The Morel Gate by ursulav The Morel Gate by ursulav
Who knows what lies beyond the Morel Gate? It's a dark (magenta) secret, guarded by a fearsomely fez'd lizard and his trained attack slug, Guido.

The composition on this one kinda got away from me--I was going for formal and instead achieved somewhat muddled, but it became one of those things where you stare at it for so long that you're totally incapable of judging it. Sort've like when you stare at a word for so long that it loses all meaning and you have no idea if it's spelled right or not. (This is particularly embarassing when it's a word like "the" but I've done it before...) But hey, any chance to paint a fanged slug, right?

Mixed media, 11 x 14. Prints and original available at [link] as always.
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NightmareSaber Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007
O.o MORALS!! :XD: Me and my dad hunt for them every year out behind my house in the spring.
They teast really good if you fry them with some onions and potatos. Mmmmm. Now I'm hungry.

:+favlove: From me.
Samantha
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woozalia Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
Heh, I find "Attack Slug Guido" particularly humorous because of a real-life connection...

When Woozle (of ~woozalia) & I were only connected by email instead by the hip, he would constantly be threatening to send "Guido" up to protect me from my Negative Voices' nigglings by breaking their kneecaps ...

Good ol' Guido. heh.

Harena of ~woozalia
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2006
So cute and imaginative! I love it! :D You're very skilled with watercolor.
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Dante-Downstar Featured By Owner May 29, 2006
AAAAWWWW I LOVE IT

you have a unique style, i like the frogs too
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flytru Featured By Owner May 18, 2006
u are the definition of crazy.. in a perfect way :psychotic:
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amikay Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2005
you know, for some reason this, plus Lizard Explorer, Lizard Love, and Valley o Wang, all remind me of part of the ET ride at Universal Studios...where you end up on ET's homeworld .... This may be different at the American US, cause I've only been to the one in Japan, but...it was just such a weird part of the ride, compaired to the extreemly awsome set work for the rest, that..I dunno...it stuck in my head. o.o;

And now this, and the others, bring that memory back to vivid, eye-twitching, memory. >.>......Yeah.

Just thought I'd make a note of that...
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Heiko Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2005
I just think lungs! when i look at this.
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nightdreamer Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005
I've done that with the word They.

kudos

nightdreamer
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infernalmachine Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005
This is great. It reminds me of the Fraggle Rock story books with the wonderful watercolor pictures.

Love the colors!

+fav
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GoldDragonMaster Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2004
OMGOSH! THAT IS SO CUTE! -steals it- :evillaugh:
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lissavk Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2004  Student
Okay, it's taken me forever to decide on which one of your pink lizard paintings is my favorite, and I've finally decided(I think) that I like this one the bestest(and I do know that that is spelled wrong and is not a word, hehe)...so :+fav: :D Plus it has that awesome slug...
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Quilsnap Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004   General Artist
oh man i love the name Guido....

i wanted to name the next pet i had guido but i've taken too good of care of the one i have

..... maybe i can get a pet slug.... a fanged one.... i like the extra frills under the toadstools

kudos
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nemisiscat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2004
I know exaclty what you mean. o.O *stares at words then thinks about how weird they are and how that mean whatever they mean*
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Taiia Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2004
I love the colour palette. Really well done, absolutelu unique style.
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Tipi Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your lizards! and the way you work with watercolors
:headbang:
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rebekahlynn Featured By Owner May 18, 2004
Are you going to write and illustrate children's stories? Cause I would have FLIPPED over this stuff when I was a kid (still squeel about it a bit now ;) )
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angelstar Featured By Owner May 15, 2004
GUIDO!!!! :boogie: This is soo cute! I loce the colours and the lizards expression! He's like "Gup!" :D Guido!!!!! :GIGGLE: beautiful work! :worship:
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Sailorcritter Featured By Owner May 14, 2004
Whenever someone starts talking about "morals", I say, that's a fungus, right? (Deliberately getting it mixed up with "morel", just for fun)

Like the lizards, they're cute.
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mythicillusions Featured By Owner May 14, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
yehehehe very nice!!
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skope Featured By Owner May 13, 2004
Haha your lizards always look so shocked XD CUTE!
Of all Deviants I know you have the best comments ^_^ It's always a pleasure reading them.
A fanged slug is a nice idea.
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remichan Featured By Owner May 12, 2004
the explorer lizard always seems to have a look of shock/surprise/terror on his face. maybe it's a result of being in the valley of wang for too long ^^ 'if you keep making that face, it's gonna stay that way!' hehe. the attack slug is adorable and so is the fez. btw, my boyfriend and i have determined that the tail decorations MUST be thongs, or at least something akin to them ^^
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Grinning-Oni Featured By Owner May 11, 2004
Love these lizard characters, seems like they could have their own series of books or something....and merchandising, yes little lizard toothbrushes, stationary, and toasters. :)
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tigsie17 Featured By Owner May 11, 2004
Your mixed media is l33t!~

Now I gotta question...is this a series of pictures or a concentration for an AP project? If it is your gonna get a REALLY high score. o>O
I'm digin' the lizard in the boat. I've really fallin' in love with these guys.
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ursulav Featured By Owner May 11, 2004
Given that I haven't been in high school for a decade now, it's a safe bet it's not an AP concentration. *grin*
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tigsie17 Featured By Owner May 11, 2004
LOL opps....I've had AP project on my brain all year so I couldn't help but notice. Either way it looks really awesome for a series! ^^
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Kongle Featured By Owner May 11, 2004
:D
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little-faerie-bits Featured By Owner May 11, 2004
That is adorable!!! i love it.
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avencri Featured By Owner May 11, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, i am falling in love with these!
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y2jenn Featured By Owner May 11, 2004   General Artist
This is wonderful. I love the colors... they are so warm and inviting. :nod: Those expressions killed me. I had a good giggle over the fellow on our left. Love your work, as always. I never have anything but praises. Do something bad for once, huh?! Gimme something to crit so that I don't sound redundant!!! ;) :+fav:
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3yeSore Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
of course
i want a fanged slug too
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Oscelot Featured By Owner May 10, 2004  Professional Artisan Crafter
hehehe.. very cute. and the composition looks fine to me. :P am I correct in guessing mixed media once more means you spilled a drink on it, though? the pink at the bottom looks a little more wet than usual.

anyway, love the lil' fez'd guy. too cute. ^_^ think this's going in my favs. and once again, thanks for posting.
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nima-skysong Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
so cuuute!
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ysyra Featured By Owner May 10, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
hehehehehe :giggle: that's so cute!! and so beautifly coloured!! :clap:
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Isynia-Artessa Featured By Owner May 10, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
This is a really interesting color scheme you have been running with. I really like how the past couple pieces seem to be a continuing story, since the scheme and the settings are similar. again, I love your fun style and masterful paintings!
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Lost-Soul- Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
this lizard is lovly :D

Lost_Soul:blackrose:
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Rayfan Featured By Owner May 10, 2004   Writer
"Guido the attack slug" made me laugh out loud. For much too long.

Great epic you're constructing here, it really does need to be put into book form! Does the Morel Gate lead to the Valley of Wang, or is that where the pink lizard was escaping from?
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alenacat Featured By Owner May 10, 2004   Filmographer
Also, morels relate to the mushrooms, right? I should know I used to be an expert at such things (well not quite but I did spend quite a portion of my childhood mushroom hunting with the rest of my family) I miss those days.
I'm not sure mushrooms would grow in water, come to think of it
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klawzie Featured By Owner May 10, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Soooo not going to read all the comments to see if someone else already said it (particularly not at four am when I have to wake up at noon)...

..But maybe the composition would have been helped a bit to have the guy in the boat moved more to the right, and perhaps down slightly?

Not saying it's bad as it is, but since you have concerns about it... my suggestion!
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alenacat Featured By Owner May 10, 2004   Filmographer
Wow, inspiring stuff...I don;t know why, but looking at your art it gives me a happy buzz. I'd be very proud if I were you. Keep it up
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capsicum Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
I love all these inside-the-cave-with-pink-and-lizards paintings your doing. They're so nice! Very atmospheric in their own magenta way. Another great pic. And the fanged slug rocks! :D
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lost-in-a-fishbowl Featured By Owner May 10, 2004   General Artist
he he so cute! I like your use of colors. :lamo: Attack slug is the best! I cant wait to see what happens next. You ought to do some children picture book. :D

Merry
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aaliguasse Featured By Owner May 10, 2004   Writer
Well... the comments on your previous work of the lizard still applies here. :)
But the lizard doesn't seem very fearsome? And that's the perfect name for a slug! :)
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converse Featured By Owner May 9, 2004
awesome :+fav:
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SailorMishi Featured By Owner May 9, 2004
i love the complete feel of this piece... i think the mystical vibe and adorable critters rock! but really dont listen to me, i'm just a loser *lol*

*thumbs up* keep it up!
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frostfire101 Featured By Owner May 9, 2004
oooo looks like our hero is in for a major adventure!!!! ooo can't wait til the next episode!!!!
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Hey-Poo-Guy Featured By Owner May 9, 2004
ANother awesome piece again w/ that cool lizard, XD. They're all just coming together and love the colors.. and those cute expressions from the lizards, XD... And now for my fave, XD.
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Sachiko-chan Featured By Owner May 9, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:jawdrop: Wow! I think the slug is my favourite :love:
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asynjur Featured By Owner May 9, 2004
Phallic mushrooms, nice change of pace, LOL! Actually this whole series is just adorable. Our hero is such a cute little guy!
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Senai Featured By Owner May 9, 2004   Writer
Eee! More magenta! I love it :love:
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carcadann Featured By Owner May 9, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
AH! Love the morels, my favorite mushroom!
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