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Meretseger by kolaboy Meretseger by kolaboy
Acrylic on canvas, 36X48 inches. From 1994.

"She who loves silence..."

I remember listening to a lot of Franz Schrecker's music at the time I was working on this, and reading a book on Egyptian magic... or was it De Chirico's autobiography? So many books, so little time.
It's rather dark, and therefore a bit of a challenge to photograph. I'm convinced that the sound of Hell's gate swinging open must resemble the sound of a camera's shutter. How much simpler life would be if I were one of those damned Fauves, with their neon impastos...
But I digress.

Thanks for looking =)
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GothicFeverDream Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
it kinda sorta reminds me of the virgin mary in some statues ive seen of her where shes stepping on the snakes head like this girls doing, and the pulling up-or down- of the pants makes me think of it even more.
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Phagos Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
I like the lttle thing on the chair
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blindgorgon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
that's a nice gesture.
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supremextreme Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
Dear Danny. This is one of my all time favourites, you wild and wonderful creator.

Today it is raining, and yet to the right, it says "moods unavailable"
Touche'

Love you and love it.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Dear Susaye, you're always a ray of sunshine :nod:
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Lucychromosome Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008   General Artist
damn.. just amazing.. she is stepping on a snake. ..
it's as if everything is captured in it's movement..
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larkin-art Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
you've no short supply of gems, brother. I particularly like the the eclectic symbolism in this one, very inventive.
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TonHaring Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I have been looking at this painting for half an hour:)
Wonderful and full of story;)
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Ton =)
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TonHaring Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!:)
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1Kikusui Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everything is so beautifully combined in your work!
especially colours, how soft they are!
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you =)
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lily-day Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Student
at least this image doesn't have metallic or iridescent paint - that's the worst to photograph.

nonetheless, i8t's lovely - as your work always is.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you =)
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sumajarong Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
I'm looking at this and thinking that the average female Wal Mart shopper might really go for this idea of a top accesorized by real candy corn...though it would have to come with several bags of replacement corn to fill in for what the wearer ate.

As for Nong's mummy comment, you have to understand that she's so intrigued by mummies that she read Anne Rice's book "The Mummy" several times, and then she translated the whole thing into Thai just for fun! She swears she could smell that mummy while she was reading the book :nod:
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Translated the whole book into Thai? How long did that take? Terribly impressive :nod:
My favorite mummy factoid is that they were so numerous and devalued in the early 19th century that they were commonly used as locomotive fuel.
A high point for surrealism, if not for civilization...
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sumajarong Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
I think it took her several weeks in her spare time to do that translating. As for the mummies being used as fuel, that sounds to me like a kolaboy painting waiting to happen.
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cat-eyes Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The jack-o-lanterns and candy corn are a cute touch.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you =)
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Galius Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wooo crazy as always

cool Anubis
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you =)
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Galius Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome
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NocturnalSatellite Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
Bringing myth to pop culture. Damn this is good. The itty snake by her foot makes me sad. I just reread "American Gods" recently, and I wish you could animate it lol. Keep em coming!
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank ya, I'll do my best =)
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jimmyjumbo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
i'll fav yet again, don't consider thanking me for it anymore.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:considering-thanking-for-faving:
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jimmyjumbo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
hahaha ;)
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Koma-Host Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Student General Artist
gorgeous! those jeans are perfect!!
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you =)
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Koma-Host Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Student General Artist
most welcome!
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gnaime Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
wow again. It's deeply interesting and I can't express how high your stage is.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you sir =)
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
As always, your work is astounding.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you =)
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maoming Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
Mmh. Have you seen Immortal by Enki Bilal, or read his Nikopol trilogy?
I like the painting very much.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I've not, but a Google searh pulls up some lovely imagery...
Thanks for looking =)
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artistm0nk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
Sorry for the fave-and-run awhile ago. I was at the office when I first saw this, and I was kinda in a hurry. Now for the comment.

This is the first time that a painting from you "bothered" me but this is mainly because of the girl and her underwear. I hope this has nothing to do with pedophilia or that the girl died a terrible death. :( No offense meant, but please enlighten me on this.

Overall, your painting is very well done. Smooth applications, balanced composition, and despite the overall dark colors, the elements in their own varying hues provide visual beacons that will continue to intrigue the viewer. :+fav:
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
From Wikipedia:

"In Egyptian mythology, Meretseger (also spelt Mertseger), meaning she who loves silence, was a cobra-goddess, who was originally a personification of the dangers of the desert. Since the first syllable of her name is the same as that in the word pyramid, it became thought that she lived on top of (or was) the pyramid-shaped mountain which overlooked the Valley of the Kings, where the pharaohs' tombs were located. This localisation ultimately prevented her becoming anything more than a local deity, and when the valley ceased being in use, so she also, ceased being worshipped."

Having fallen from adulation, she dresses herself in common clothing.
Ergo, nothing along the lines of your concern was implied or intended.
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AtarAtis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
Now these are4 definitely interesting facts, and I think it adds to the beaty of the painting. you should add these things in your description!
Awesome!
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artistm0nk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
I stand re-educated. And I grow to love this painting more. Thank you. :)
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Damn, I feel so professor-ly =D
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artistm0nk Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
ever thought of becoming one? :XD:
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Nah, I'm a terrible public speaker. I'd have to teach via mime...
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artistm0nk Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
:hug:
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sumajarong Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
Well done, i like the mummy:)......Nong :clap:
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Mummy and I thank you =)
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OLoboCanta Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
the details are amazing. i love that chair falling in the background.

just a question...i remember you said you never paint boys. why is that?
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
No idea. Perhaps because the essence of female is more poetic, and the male more prosaic. If, instead of "Annabelle Lee" Poe had written a poem called Alvin Lee, we might remember him less affectionately.
Thanks for looking =)
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OLoboCanta Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
hah

very interesting thoughts... :)
you're welcome
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judith Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008   Digital Artist
What i like about your pictures is, that they are always like a dark riddle...
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