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Nymphs of the Sword

By dashinvaine
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A little painting to celebrate the world not ending. Oil on canvas-textured paper, 11.5x15.5 inches (29x39cm). Did not intend any specific narrative, although had the Lady of the Lake motif at the back of my mind, also the fact that swords were deposited as votive offerings in lakes and rivers well into medieval times. (Also the Rhinemaidens, who appear in Rackham's illustrations, although atmosphere wise I was hoping more to evoke the likes of Waterhouse and Draper).

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1300x943px 777.04 KB
Shutter Speed
10/600 second
Focal Length
4 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 21, 2012, 1:58:55 PM
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lackland50's avatar

Definitely think there is an element of Waterhouse here. Been my favourite artist for years and it was my first thought upon seeing it. Exquisitely executed I love it.

ultrasqaur's avatar
I will join them
hannibus42's avatar
How has she not sliced her nipples off hugging the sword like that? You'd think her hands would be all bloody at least.
dashinvaine's avatar
She's a trained professional. I would advise trying this at home. Actually it's amazing what you can do while holding the sword by the blade... Check this out:…
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I hope you know the nymphs are (greek) goddesses. They have no eternal life but they were worshipped near water, caves, forests, mountains. The god Pan who is half man half goat is there companion. They don't hurt themself because they are divine beings who live - well a long time. Longer then humans. 
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Very beautiful artwork 
RobotWisdom's avatar
Agreed. The water effects are excellent.
BaronNeutron's avatar
Nymphs love a big sword
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PleaseImJustaGirl's avatar
You Sir are a Master of the Classics.
rbow's avatar
Excellent work!!!
Hanasian's avatar

Lovely artwork! Brought to mind one of many favourite scenes from the movie Monty Python & The Holy Grail....

King Arthur: I am your king.

Woman: Well, I didn't vote for you.

King Arthur: You don't vote for kings.

Woman: Well how'd you become king then?

[Angelic music plays... ]

King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.

Dennis: [interrupting] Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

-Monty Python & The Holy Grail
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very good work
MotherLilith's avatar
the love the emotions on the girls faces
MingotheMerciless's avatar
Sword and Beautiful women.  You cannot go wrong here. 
DarkLiminality's avatar
Beautiful painting - the effect of the water is well done and the Ladies are stunning.
Eruanna17's avatar
And you even added a little gallinule ;) Wow, this looks simply great, I love your style!
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A very lovely piece of work
(& I love those Waterhouse ripples) But that bloody moorhen!First -animated- emoticon :D 
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