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The Naiads by ClintCearley The Naiads by ClintCearley
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The characters are naiads, the fresh water sisters to nymphs. I wanted them young and beautiful but also give a subtle dark undertone. Unlike nymphs who were by and large altruistic creatures, naiads were just as likely to drown you as help you.
Created with Adobe Photoshop CS4

UPDATE:
The piece was included in Spectrum 17: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art.
WordsofWinter wrote a wonderful poem inspired by the piece which can be read here.
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Given 2009-05-14
Yes it's already a popular submission, but there's no way I can pass up featuring this awe-inspiring painting. The Naiads by *Damascus5 ( Suggested by Hellobaby and Featured by Narfmaster )
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Demothart Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
❤️
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TimTaller Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hi, I made a small animated GIF based on your awesome work.

The Naiads - Animated Version by TimTaller

Hope you like it
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Landy979 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018
nice work
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xxxecil Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018
There's a Monty Python joke here, somewhere.
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Bgamestheinfernape Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Monty.... PYTHON!
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Rubashow Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unfortunately you could never exhibit it in a British Museum ;)
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disenchanted987 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely homage to Waterhouse here
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shirmoruno Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018
great
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FeferiAndTheDiamonds Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing@
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Ragnaroktopus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous.
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Vivi-the-fennec-fox Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i cant tell if this is real or art because its so well done
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bucsteel1969 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018
Brilliant. Very nicely done. The lilies really pop out in your face, Excellent. The naiads seem innocent yet evil.
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harimaue Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
hypnotizing
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Robguil4774 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018
Somewhat reminds me Claymore
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RaenZero Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!
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JustRiddinDA Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Is this Poppy from youtube?
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Super amazing art!!!

Attack Hug 
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dhennessy2014 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool picture!!
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ColdSunRising Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
I'd offer them to form a 1940's mob style gang, make the one on the left the B.A.R. operator and train them all to chomp on cigars and say, "Blah see, blah!" It would be great.  
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Nearys Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
love it!
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Easoka Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
😮 wow I’m speechless 
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strawberrycattie Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
Wow this is really awesome! Great job!
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Ayrael Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks very old school in the way that it is painted. Like the masters of old :)
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AndreeaLupsaNL Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Awesome concept
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EroEmi Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!!
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MwneZun Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
STUNNING!
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Djake Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup. I’m doomed. :XD:
Seriously, though: this is an amazing image! I’ve taken the liberty of inviting it to:iconconclave-monstrorum: ; I hope you’ll consider accepting. 
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Jedi-Paladin-AJ-Ray Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
In a sense I like the version from Percy Jackson since the version that Uncle Rick told was a great version when he started it.
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salyssong Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
They are cute.
I still prefere the Slavic version.
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sjd764 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018
This reminds me so much of the art style featured in the movie Sirens by John Duigan starring Sam Neil.
The painting Norman did that brought so much "shame to his reputation".
impressive work.
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RENEWAL-ART Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive art - I like your style :)
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Darkmistmix Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful and fantastic nymphsHeart 
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YarBrenor Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018   Digital Artist
Beautiful lake nymphs
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MysticArtisticGothic Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the meaning behind this piece!
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SkylaMarkova Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017
Very nice
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Vandal030 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017
Sexy but disturbing at the same time, well done.
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ArshnessDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This piece has long captivated me.
I consider it museum-worthy artwork that rivals the masters of old.
What's truly incredible is the composition, lighting, and exquisite mastery of color.
And more incredible on a personal level, is my ongoing fascination with this piece despite my terrible phobia of snakes, and being completely petrified of Rusalka, Naiads, water-dwelling beauties who drown you. 
Somehow these things elements don't matter compared to my love affair with this image.
I consider it an honest master work, and continue to applaud it, some several years after first viewing.
Well done.
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PaterGeorge Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Nice details
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BernardoDisco Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Magic maids
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Acantha1012 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
This is my favorite piece of art yet, so intriguing, and I'm absolutely obsessed with naiads/nymphs <3 beautiful
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MariColl Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, incredible, beautiful. 
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Leopold002 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It can be argued then that the naiads were the equal and opposite of the nymphs?
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Elfvenartist Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice work
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NonieR Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
I've long enjoyed this one, but hadn't realized it had ended up as a DD, a Spectrum piece, AND a poet's inspiration. Congratulations!
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Back-of-the-Book Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
This is lovely! My only critique is that the black sclera on the focal naiad are so arresting and interesting that the whites on the others' eyes is a little jarring- is she meant to be more openly supernatural? Gorgeous work. 
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ClintCearley Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yes.
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Back-of-the-Book Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Then ignore me! Splendid work. 
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gkaida Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Professional
so haunting
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DragonGod10 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Aren't Water Nymphs and Naiads the same exact creatures just different names, or are you just talking about all Nymphs together in general?
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