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“The secret of happiness is freedom.

The secret of freedom is courage.”

(words by Thucydides, because the ancient Greeks were some wise and awesome fellows!) 


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This is my little ode to freedom. Freedom is not a luxury, it is a physical need. Everyone deserves to go wherever they want, to make whatever future plans they want, and to be whoever they want. Be like the little fairy: she has lots of plans, she is cheerful and optimistic, unbound to anything.

 

So, no matter how big the world may seem or how small you are: have faith in your wings to carry you across the oceans and over mountains. Be brave! There is so much to see, to learn and to discover in this world – pinpoint your goal and just go!


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“Es hat der Sturm geheult die ganze Nacht,

da meine Mutter mich zur Welt gebracht,

es hat gepfiffen und gejauchzt der Wind:

‘Mir gehört das Kind!’

 

Die Welle rauschte an der Strasse her

und rauschte leise schon vom fernen Meer,

und in das Rauschen klangs wie Worte dann:

‘Ich dein Kind gewann!’

 

Die heimatlose Straße sprach:

‘Ich bin die Wiege drauf er zuerst lag,

und heimatlos wie ich so soll er sein,

mein, das Kind ist mein!’

 

Drum bin ich wie der Wind, der droben zieht,

bin wie die Welle, die der Hand entflieht,

die Straße drängt und sehnt sich fort von hier,-

fort, fort, fort, das gilt auch mir!

 

... fort, fort, fort, das gilt auch mir..."

 

 (Text by Börries Freiherr von Münchhausen, 1936. Please listen to Faun’s song based on this poem, for in my opinion it is the most beautiful German song in the world. This link includes the English translation in the description: www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8FRAC…. Thank you.) 


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reference: fetishfaerie-stock.deviantart.… by :iconfetishfaerie-stock:, thank you!


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For sale


other works for sale here: otherra.deviantart.com/gallery…


PRINTS available! 
A4 (21x29,5 cm / 8,3x11,6 in) : €5,- / $6,50
A6 (10,5x14,8 cm / 4,1x5,8 in) : €1,50 / $1,95
(prices do not include shipping costs, payment by Paypal or bank transfer)

If interested, please send me a note or send an email to johannamkoelewijn@gmail.com :)

prints of other works here: otherra.deviantart.com/gallery…

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:iconnakedcrayon23:
nakedcrayon23 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesomeSmileys Kisses by LOVEMAYU
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :hug:
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nakedcrayon23 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my pleasurePucca love by Digithalie
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:iconpevansy:
Pevansy Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely Work. really nice style too!
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :D
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:iconpevansy:
Pevansy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome :)
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:iconulltraz:
ulltraz Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome work!!!Love 
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you! ;)
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:iconulltraz:
ulltraz Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
you are welcome!!!Love 
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Yami19 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing :D
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Yami19 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :D
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fetishfaerie-stock Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Adorable! <3
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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minion-on-the-rocks Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Gorgeous drawing!

What Thucydides said is very true. If people weren't afraid to live out their lives they wanted, then people can attain true happiness within themselves and others around them. :) If only more people know this...
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)

Absolutely. In whatever situation, fear would only hold people back. Courage to fight it is the only answer. I still think though that happiness is not a goal 'an sich'. People can be too occupied by trying to become happy. Sometimes things happen in life that makes it impossible to be happy at that moment. But it is always a possibility to be brave, so I guess that matters more :) 
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SpiralDanceStudio Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Very nice colours :)
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
great to hear, thank you! :)
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:iconbethany26:
Bethany26 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Great Job! I love the concept!
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
Really? :D Thank you so much!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!  The finished work is beautiful!
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconcitadelofsagas:
Amazing! Good that you're creating again. Love the steampunky vibe in this one. :)

(Heyy I'm Suzanne and this is the account that I use now, I didn't watch you on here yet :O)

Edit: Great song as well! I used to dislike German as a language when I was younger, then I found Faun and they showed me that it was actually quite beautiful and didn't have to sound harsh at all. Now I quite love German and Germany, the forests there give me such a special feeling like you can still sense the ''old world'' there if you know what I mean.
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
:D Thanks! I do not even really like steampunk, but I couldn't help myself. The drawing just needed that vibe xD

(Wow, how many accounts do you have by now? :P)

I know right? :) Definitely it was because of Faun that I realized that German can be in fact a very beautiful language. Their singing make it sound so soft and ancient. I surely know what you mean ;) Hm, time to visit Germany once again...
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CitadelOfSagas Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Two, my old-old one has been deactivated for years and the other one is just sort of there because I can't be bothered to delete it :p so just one I really use, this one.

Yes I definitely want to return there sometime in the near future. I would still like to visit Neuschwanstein someday. And Château de Pierrefonds in France, it's magical.
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LunarisLarva Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is so awesome, Marijke! I love the amount of detail you have put especially on her clothes and wings. The message is really beautiful. :)
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Dimitris :) Thanks, I really tried to put some focus on the wings. For me personally the message is really important, especially with the horrible news lately :(
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chiisai-chan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Good work.
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconchiisai-chan:
chiisai-chan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
You're welcome.
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:iconzindy:
Zindy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful drawing :heart:
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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MADmoiselleMeli Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
aaaaaaaah this is soooooooo cute!!!!!!!
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you very much! ^_^
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tp32 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Wow, this is amazing!!
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
:D Thank you so much!
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:icontp32:
tp32 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Your Welcome
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Katerina-Art Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful love it !!
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks a lot!!
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:iconashtrails:
ashtrails Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Writer
Very cool, great use of concept and colors.
Also, one of the best songs for wanderers and explorers ever made : )
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
It surely is, I could listen to it for hours!
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SpellKnight Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mooi :)
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Dankjewel! :)
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supersyndrome Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Dawwww.... <3 Hij is leuk geworden! Ik vind het tof hoe de dunne lijntjes rond het elfje in contrast staan met de wat vagere achtergrond, zo gaat je blik telkens weer terug naar haar gezichtje. Weet je al waar je als volgende heen wil reizen? Na Wenen dan ;) 
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Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Haha, dankjewel! Ik ben ook zo'n dwingend persoon natuurlijk : "Kijk naar het hoofd! het Hoooooofd!" Ehmmm... eerst nog maar even in het najaar naar Schotland, in elk geval :)
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supersyndrome Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hihi, ja zo loop jij de hele dag rond. :P 
Yay Schotland! Nou dan kan dat in elk geval vast van het lijstje af. Ik wil daar ook ooit nog eens heen. En naar Scandinavië. Enzo.
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014   Traditional Artist
Ja Scandinavië lijkt me ook waanzinnig, vooral Noorwegen (sorry Werner). Dat staat ook hoog op de lijst :D
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BrandonLoucksArt Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
She is gorgeous and I like her outfit a lot. Her wings are great! What a fantastic ode to freedom.
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for so many sweet words! Highly appreciated :aww:
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Olaf68 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
beautiful work 
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