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Waltzing Ariadne- Wasted and..
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Published: August 2, 2010
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"Lush Life (Wasted and Wounded, Waltzing Ariadne)... (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen)"

Is the full title of this piece... or some combination there of.

Maybe just "Waltzing Ariadne... (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen)"

This took me close to four months... like most of the metal ones, a lot is getting lost in the photograph and reproduction.

It might be the most confessional thing I've ever made.

more images later, with different lighting.

Oil on Aluminum, 48"x36" 2010.
Image size
1316x1752px 875.83 KB
Shutter Speed
1/8 second
Focal Length
7 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Apr 13, 2004, 8:55:58 PM
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Elemnia's avatar
Elemnia Digital Artist
Thought that was Russel Brand for a second.
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HectorPinedaProfessional General Artist
The-Bails's avatar
this is so beautiful!
omer88's avatar
brilliant coloring man i really love every bit of it (love the squids ^^)
and great textures for all the glass objects and skin tones
awsome work
(too bad you didnt get as much comments as favs.... they seem less valuable to me :0 )
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Wow.... the feedback blew up on this, and I had no idea! I was so absorbed in my latest piece that I totally missed this. Thanks for all the positive feedback! To answer questions: It's Dionysus, the greek precursor to Bacchus. Dionysus was less of a frat boy and more of a thespian. Ariadne was his wife... his mortal wife. There are different endings to their story, but in the one that interests me, he is unable to restore her to life or grant her a place with the gods. I felt that element made for a more interesting and complicated patron of alcohol. It's painted in oil on aluminum. Don't try acrylic, it peels right off. The thing in the top right corner is a lime peel, not an apple, though the red thing in the bottom left is an apple peel. As for the Squids- I'm not sure I have a concrete answer for that one. I have ideas, but I think I am best left saying it doesn't work without them.

The title is a reference to a Tom Waits song "Tom Trauberts blues" [link]

though there is also a bit of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" [link]

Daily Deviation, who'd of thunk it?

Thanks again!
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solaricProfessional Writer
I don't know what ideas you had in mind when you painted this, of course....But based on the title, and the fact that in Greco-Roman mythology, the Cretan princess Ariadne was destined to become the god Dionysus/Bacchus' wife, I can't help but think of that when I look at this picture. The ecstatic face of the man, and his horns, and the um...plentiful, hehe...booze certainly makes an excellent representation of Bacchus in my mind. I really like this!
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LanasyProfessional Digital Artist
Mmmm sounds like a normal day for me. Great attention to detail. Must have taken ages to complete.
demonsaya's avatar
Wonderful piece! This sort of reminds me of a modern version of Bacchus...
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AngelicsDaughterHobbyist Traditional Artist
"beer is bad"?
BrainFissure's avatar
Haha that's awesmoe!
TheRuthlessSketcher's avatar
Wow! That's really amazing :)
The items on the table look VERY real.
xNoRoses-NoSkiesx's avatar
Very creative! You have a lot of skill. :)
SaMiYumiI18's avatar
wow....i thought the table....was a real table...
sadwonderland's avatar
Squid on the table, NOW IT'S A PARTY.
SkullShovel's avatar
Looks like a completely wasted Mr. Tumnus from The Chronicles Of Narnia. LOL
iWannaholdyourhandS2's avatar
I love the instruments that are just randomly in the corner stuck inside each other :) The whole scene is beautiful and creative. Great job :D
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jebus139Student Traditional Artist
Great piece - well done!
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podría mirarlo por horas O:
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MoonPriestessLaguzHobbyist Photographer
Trying to find the symbols 9in this piece and apart from the ones representing luxury (expensive alcohol, seafood, silk and olives) I don't quite get what is that piece on the right with the apple peel? And the red thing on the left, sticking right above the table. Any hints? :)
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In fact... this guy looks like the guy i fell hardcore in love with December 1st of last year. I wonder if he has horns now...
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This is very whimsical. And I think that the serious expression on horn boys head is intriguing. I think that although this is intriguing and eye catching, the horns are the most curious part. Its not so much that he has horns, its just what they add to the imagery over all. Well done. Beautiful colors.
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