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Part of a larger series which is unfortunately on a hold of indefinate time. And I do mean a large series in the sense that these are quite sizeable paintings: 32"x48" masonite boards.

So many people use "dark" to symbolize "evil" and "light" to symbolize "good." I disagree with that and wish to present a different, more balanced point of view. There is good and evil on both sides...

In the depths of the Black Ocean, there are creatures of all manner of horrific appearance. The merwoman takes the man down to the deep to show him what awaits should he venture down too far. As a particularly cruel-looking eel-dragon-thing looms above him, the man nearly panics, but the woman holds him, keeping her loving calm. For she knows that if they remain calm and leave the creature alone, it will ignore them, but if they give in to the fear, then it will attack, and they might not be able to escape to the surface again.

When walking the darker path, one can sometimes become distracted by the evil things that lurk along the way, somehow attracted to the darker energy, feeding on it. Evil things are defined by fear, anger, hate, and suffering, whether you intentionally cause them for others or heap them upon yourself. It is these things that cause so many people to confuse the "dark" with the "bad", and to avoid the darkness at all cost. Some people, when walking the dark path, give in to these evils, lashing out at those around them, or driving themselves into depression. I call this being ridden by the dark. But one must instead be willing to walk on through the dark and be aware that the evil is there, but learn not to give into it. The most balanced of people have learned how to ride the darkness, instead of being ridden, and they can use their anger or intimidation to achieve their goals, and then let it go completely and walk on with their life.
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Rodentruler Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
I really love the concept behind this and the visuals are stunning as well, I realize you've had to put the project on hold but I certainly hope you'll be able to work on it soon. :) I'd love to see how you extend this concept to different varied pictures or whatever else you come up with.
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RachelHWhite Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
I have some digital mock-ups on my website [link] of the other 4 pieces if you wish to check 'em out. I know I will pick this project back up someday. This story and idea are too close to my heart.
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Mythka Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
I have featured your piece in my journal this week. I absolutely love it! [link]
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RachelHWhite Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank You Very Muches!
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