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Offspring Of Tiamat by ArtOfTheMystic Offspring Of Tiamat by ArtOfTheMystic
Offspring Of Tiamat - The Fomorii Union
2009
W20" x H16"
Acrylic Glazes And Egg Tempera On Canvas

Credit should be given to my friend Helena Nelson-Reid, this was her comment about the work, and I think likely the best interpretion: "Tiamat's children: Born to the sea, they drift upon undulating waves of shimmering, phosphorescent krill mirroring the starry night skies above, while others resemble the bizarre creatures dwelling deep beneath the surface".
Helena also supplied this great interpretion of, what essentially was a totally automatic/sporadic painting, which I then later titled based on my interpretion of the forms that developed. Helena read them as such also, here is what she wrote:
I like to add some basic information for the names in the title - Fomorii: In Irish legend, a race of (one-eyed) demonic beings who lived in Ireland and fought off successive waves of settlers. They were finally expelled by the Tuatha De Danann (people of the goddess Danu) in the second Battle of Muighe Tuireadh (Moytirra). Their most prominent leader was Balar of the Evil Eye, killed by Lugh. Tiamat: In Babylonian mythology, Tiamat is a goddess who personifies the sea. Tiamat is considered the monstrous embodiment of primordial chaos. Although there are no early precedents for it, some sources identify her with images of a sea serpent or dragon. In the Enuma Elish, the Babylonian epic of creation, she gives birth to the first generation of deities; she later makes war upon them and is killed by the storm-god Marduk. The heavens and the earth are formed from her divided body. As you can see, I am all over the landscape with my references, frome Irish to Mesopotamian myth.
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Offspring Of Tiamat by *ArtOfTheMystic ( Suggested by DoMiNouS-Qi and Featured by Mollinda )
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ScaryGnome Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aweome. no other word for it
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MBKKR Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
I featured this great painting here: [link]
Hope you don't mind :)
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Don64738 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nicely done!
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AbunchOfcellS Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome!!!!! It just reminds me some kind of monster taken from Lovecraft's mythology, I guess it could be some parallelism between Lovecraft's and babylonian mythology and the art is simply overwhelming, I can't find another word to describe what I felt when I saw it!!!!!!!!!!!
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Pequeann Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student Photographer
love it!
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pbaez Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
awesome
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eliriel Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow!!
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KCmasterpiece321 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
WOW! God that's crazy. Crap man I love it. XD
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OriginalHoney Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
:omg:
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Fran-artist Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Stunning. I feel as if I can just glide my hand across it and have it ripple like water. Totally beautiful!
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emimf Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student General Artist
wow.
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dont-judge-bullshit Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
i have no idea who or what tiamat is, but this is really amazing!
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SAleksic Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gosh..
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Albalannae Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Gorgeous work, you did an amazing job! :clap:
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WhiteSorcercess Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
really nice coloring i like it tons
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A pure masterpiece !!!! And the colors blast is just so...spectacular !!
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RachelDS Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Holy shit...wow.
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beehivesandbouffants Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow and beautiful.
your color scheme is perfect.
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KhaoticCosmosis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely amazing.
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ICONcreations Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist
joli !
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Harmonice Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, amazing! It's very special.
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Ensomniac Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this painting and the mythology, I've enjoyed traveling around in this, and cross referencing your links with the painting, the whole thing is fascinating.
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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Jay - as I mentioned in the description, a lot of credit for the references is due to Helena Nelson-Reid.
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
this image almost glistens with moisture, sweat or mist
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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
mische is very suitable for this kind of result (see others, such as Josip Csoór or Roberto Venosa), and in this case, it also suits the title and meaning of the work; though it was interpreted afterwards, so really a question of what came first, the chicken or the egg?
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janellemckain Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! really beautiful!
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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Janelle!
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inObrAS Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
:wow: Amazing work! :clap:
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MBKKR Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Really nice piece Otto.
Love the colors and organic flow
Would you say this is automatic?
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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it is mostly automatic. It started with an automatic charcoal and pencil drawing on canvas. The layering glazes and highlighting with egg tempera were also done rather spontaneously. There was some direction given to maintain the initial shape, but mostly I was happy with the accidental discoveries I achieved in the various glazing stages and tempera highlights, which added additional details.
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