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"Music is love in search of a word."
- Sydney Lanier


100 Pictures Challenge #31: Flowers.

My end of an art trade with :icondragonfly22:*Dragonfly22 : art, music, science.

She made me an awesome Asimov painting last year. Go have a look, and show it some love. :D



[Romy, I'm very, very sorry I took so long to finish this. (although, as you can see, I haven't forgotten at all!). Not gonna say where science figures in all of this; have fun looking. ;)]

I'm not sure if the notion of an anthropomorphised musical instrument that plays itself is sensual1 or just plain disturbing.2 Just to stop it from going straight into surreal, though, I've taken the artistic liberty of moving the tuning pins to the other side of the neck where nobody can see it. ;)

Many thanks to my beta, whom I've probably already driven up the proverbial wall like old Spidey, and who had to put up with my increasingly off-colour jokes (*and* repeatedly tell me to shut the hell up!) as she helped me come up with a title for the picture. (Because we all know Far should never be trusted to come up with titles...).

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1 Although =tanabatablossom has suggested a whole range of anthropomorphised musical instruments, the blowing section of which consists of couples...
2 My beta says I should tell people who take umbrage to go screw themselves.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is so pretty! I love how her hair flows into the harp, how everything intertwines... it's really beautiful. I don't really know what else to say... I really like it!
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ocelott Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
This is really gorgeous. I love the subtle blending from woman to harp, and the colours are stunning!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Thanks very much, Occy. :D
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headwithwings Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just bought a huge book on Alphonse Mucha! In other words, I highly approve of this deviation.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
Thanks very much, Rim! :D Good to see you around again; was beginning to wonder if the Sarlacc had eaten you.
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RilwenShadowflame Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Beautiful. I've seen the notion of a harp who plays herself before, in both an Arabian Nights-type thing, and several interpretations of Jack and the Beanstalk. Mostly it just seems to have a woman's voice and the strings move beneath an invisible hand, but one memorable one had a golden figure of a woman on the side, who I think could merge in and out of the harp on command to play it or be at rest.
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Norloth Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great design! Really love how her hair turns into the harper.
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psychoticdustbunny Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
My mature content filter is on. Does that mean you are mature?
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
No, it just means that you aren't. ;)
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psychoticdustbunny Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
:bounce: . . . and this is news how?
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
Oh, I just brought it up in case you'd forgotten. ;)
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psychoticdustbunny Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
I can't forget it. For some reason people like to keep telling me. lol
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
This is SO pretty! Very cool style, Far--art nouveau, romantic, sensual (rather than sexual!), and simply lovely! I adore the palette--so warm and inviting; the figure is beautifully rendered--the hands especially so--and blends in so easily with the body of the harp. I'm not even going to venture the "science" aspect here, other than the obvious mathematics in music in general... It's just lovely!

FF
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010   Photographer
Beautiful. Very, very nice. :)
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Thank you, Ben. :)
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PyroPrincess00 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
This is very beautiful, Mucha would be impressed. I love the skin tones, they blend so wonderfully with the rest of the picture. :clap:
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
I adore this. Nuff said. ;)
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Admit it, though. The purples almost sent you into seizure. ;)
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
You do realize that you have purple in an awful lot of your pictures. I'm starting to doubt your sincerity about not liking that color...:giggle:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Only because I like orange a lot, and purple balances it out. :devil:

[kicks Tory. Hard]
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Sounds like an excuse to me...
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg Far, this is so brilliant and sublime! I love it! How do you come up with such killer things!? This is competely different from your usual works, and I'm delighted to tell you that you suceeded with the experiment. The three concepts of science, music and art are subtly blended to create a fantastic atmosphere of harmony and mysticism.

She seems to me like some Greek goddess and I sort of associate her with Virgo the constelation and the female version of the sun god Ra (and the flower in the bottom right also reminds me of the Aztec sun calendar). In general, I just think the concept of man and nature in an indivisible form represented through the anthropomorphism is like the essence of science, no? Enlightenment allows communication that leads to a harmonious relationship with nature.

And regarding music, I can't help thinking about Delibes' Flower Duet when I see this (although that may be just because I've been hearing too much lately). Oh and you did an amazing work with the warm soft colouring and the flowers (that add to the overall sensual mood of the painting). I also love the quote, btw.
I'm so glad we did this, Far. it sort of pushed us to venture into something new. :heart: Though I get what you mean about not painting trees too often. One looks at those seemingly innocent flowers and is suddenly thinking they're carnivorous. :laughing: Thank you! :glomp:

p.s. I happen to see a pi symbol in shades of purple. also, I think the drawing follows the golden ratio. Am I delusional? :D
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
I'm very happy you like it, Romy. :D You probably won't believe where the inspiration came from1; my beta suggested it was the sort of association only people on crack could come up with, haha. Anyway, the trade was, indeed, a good exercise and a great experience, and I'm glad we did it, even if I took three times as long to come up with something!

Oh, and I agree with you: man cannot be separated from nature (however much he tries to distance himself from it), and not just from the mystical point of view! [It's also interesting how so much of what man has created echoes what nature came up with first.]

And carnivorous flowers, huh? Either you've been watching too much Little Shop of Horrors, or you've never heard of it, and really need to get your hands on a copy (because it rocks). ;) (And John Wyndham's Day of the Triffids...).

(Interesting you should mention Delibes; his Pas des Fleurs is in my orchestra's repertoire, and we've performed it twice. Maybe I was subconsciously influenced by it? ;))

And, no, not the golden ratio, but you're very close. Very, very close. You're looking in the right place, but seeing the wrong thing...

1 Actually, it was while reading John Gribbin's Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality, haha. Go figure.
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh I've never seen the Little shop of horrors! I'll see if I can find it.

And I knew there had to be a mathematical explanation of why the whole ensemble was so pleasant and interesting. Gonna tell you when I find it, though. *goes figure* :reading: Maybe the answer comes easier in a high? :D
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
There are two versions: one is the 1960 black-and-white horror comedy (by the same director who did "A Bucket of Blood"), and the other is the 1985 video version of the hit musical, featuring Steve Martin as the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello (it's worth watching just for his performance ;)).
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, it's so hilarious! I love his badboy attitude. Mom will definitely love it, she adores Steve Martin. thanks! :D
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Svera Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Very nice :) It's different from your other work, I like that :hug:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Thank you, Daniela. I suspect that half the things in my gallery want nothing to do with each other! :rofl:
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Svera Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
You're welcome :) Oh, I know how you feel, I think almost the same about most of my pictures :D
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manycomics Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow...that is very beautiful
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Thank you. :)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Far Rockage =D
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
LOL, thanks, David. ;)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome sir
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Evolvana Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
wonderful piece, it looks so calm and elegant. The colors are gorgeous.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Thank you very much. :aww:
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Far's drawing softcore now? Man, what happened to standards? :lol:

No, seriously, this is lovely, lovely work outside of your normal range, and it's awesome to see you tackling a whole different color palette and experimenting. :)
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Softcore? You just wait until I realise some of Batty's ideas about wind instruments. :rofl:

Thanks very much. Sometimes it's fun experimenting with stuff that isn't your style. :nod: [Maybe I should scare the hell out of my watchers sometime by doing, oh, anime...]
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Far drawing anime? That would be terrifying! :omg: You should include anatomically detailed anthropoids and tentacles.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Beware. I once promised Fractured-Reality Cthulhu/Shub-Niggurath tentacle pr0n. Just because I've not done it doesn't mean I haven't forgotten. :plotting:
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
I'm not betaing that, just so you know. :laughing:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Oh BITE ME.

I'll spring on you, just like I did the Boris one.
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
In the immortal words of Patrician Vetinari: "Do not let me detain you."
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FlammableWolf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Gorgeous!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Thanks! You're Lara from Abaisse, yes?
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FlammableWolf Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep!
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Madman42q Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is really great! I'm loving that flower at the bottom that looks very much like a...ahem. And in just the right area, too! :D Ooh...it even has a :noes:! You cheeky thing, you!
Seriously, loving this one. :+fav:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Oh you wretch. :rofl: This is like cloud-watching, isn't it? People keep seeing... shapes in the picture. Tory already thinks she spotted Baba Yaga, although what a Slavic crone could possibly have to do with this picture is anybody's guess.

Thanks, Dale.
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Madman42q Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or in this case, clitori.
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Ricky-Roo302 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
...simply spectacular!!!
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