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NEST - Operation Gaia by Heliocyan NEST - Operation Gaia by Heliocyan
Oil, pencil, ink, acrylic and gold leaf on wood, 8″ x 8″

This is my first piece I completed in 2018. The golden eggs represent the creative ideas and possibilities that lie ahead and may hatch, built on the shattered bones of the old year. Some of you who know me closer or follow my work might be aware that I have had two very unhappy years, with too many personal losses. This crippled my health and my creativity completely - I was not able to create, and what little I managed to do was painful and took a long while to complete. I dragged myself to a lot of art shows, and although they helped me keeping my mind busy, they exhausted me even further. This year I promised myself to take things slightly slower, and concentrate on my needs to recharge and heal. May this little work represent new beginnings. I found the phoenix symbolises new beginnings in a very appropriate way. The poem I used to decorate the sides is a passage taken from Shakespeare’s ‘The Phoenix and the Turtle Dove’

The Phoenix and the Turtle dove - W. Shakespeare (excerpt)

To the phoenix and the dove,
Co-supreme and stars of love;
As chorus of their tragic scene.

Beauty, truth, and rarity.
Grace in all simplicity,
Here enclos'd in cinders lie.

Death is now the phoenix' nest;
And the turtle's loyal breast
To eternity doth rest.
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work. And sending good wishes for your rest and recovery :heart:
isolationism Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would that I had your talent for painting/drawing.
Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to hear that you're taking time to look after yourself :) I hope things are perking up for you and that 2018 is full of only improvements!  This is a beautiful piece, and so much meaning - very poignant.
rjler Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018
thoughtful, heartfelt, well done.

PLEASE please take care of yourself.... as best you can :)
drawn2pencils Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
My hope goes with you for this new year and your healing.  This piece was very inspirational in requiring me to re-evaluate my lack of productivity, and I have experienced less than a 1/10th of a percent of your difficulties. I think I've fainted.   Will continue to look forward to seeing your work in my watch notifications. Nod CURSE YOU! Clap 
foureyes Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018
Heart  Very nice Claudia !
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