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Home and the Fairies by zancan Home and the Fairies by zancan
So you caught me in this reverie,
There at home where I could stay for hours.
You thought I was trapped from within.

I won't blame you, if you couldn't notice
That my aloneness was filled
Richer than all the madnesses and frenzies
You all live in.

The austere discomfort I am coiled in
Beneath that hole on the ceiling
Is a whole universe of fancies
And the sweetest haven for heart and soul.

Oil painting on canvas - 120x80 cm (47.3x31.5 inch)
March 2005
Making-of steps here.
Related scrap here.
(I do live in a small appartment)
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To be honest, I can't believe that this is a painting.. It's so breathtaking, beyond words actually. That someone can be so talented and has such a great technique in painting (which can be really difficult) is overwhelming.

The colors are very well chosen, they appear magical, which (I think) is done on purpose. The warmth they express is really saying that it's "Home". And it's such a great concept.

Oh and the anatomy is just so perfect! And the shadows on the shirt are just.. Amazingly done. Also the expression of the man is so interesting.. It's so wonderful that this entire painting has so much little secrets and mysteries to keep you looking for quite a while. It never gets boring.

The perspective is great and doesn't seem weird at all. The placement of everything in the room seems to be right, like it just came from a picture.

The light from the roof just gives it more atmosphere.. Which it already had from the colors and feelings. It's just so beyond this world, which is the whole subject.

The unfinished painting on the floor is so nice, it's almost that it gives more sadness to it, more hopelessness.. But the fairies make it right, they seem to make the whole thing a lot happier. They look so pretty and relaxed that you can't help to get a warm and comfortable feeling from these little creatures.

Even though I know my words won't do justice, and there are a lot of things left unsaid, you'll understand my enthousiasm about this piece. Just looking at it makes me dream away, and it's also really inspiring. Great, amazing, wonderful work.
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The colors in this painting are absolutely beautiful. The warm feeling they create adds a reality rarely scene in art, without taking away interest.

The position of the body, while a little awkward, shows a brilliant amount of personality in the body.

The main thing to improve on in my opinion would be the stone, although you did go for a soft style, I think that if you had added detail to the stone in the background you would have furthered the amount everything else stands out, it's not thought of this way in photography, but certainly if you think about it like a cloud against brick, then the cloud stands out in such contrast that it makes the person look focus in on it, and because you have alot going on you definitely would better it in that way, unless you don't want to sacrifice style, which I understand. [just on the back brick wall and the bricks by the plant pot, and the plant itself, except for the leaves]

And maybe the colors of the fairies, they vary like navy and black, but I believe if they varried more in detail, personal features, stature, and maybe even in more contrasting colors it would compliment the paper palette he was painting from.

I also believe the drawing behind the canvas should have been made a little bit more like van goghs first sketches, it seems like he already has a visual stereotype for fairies, and for me that takes a little bit away from the coherence of the piece, a little more rough and sketchy lines, and a little less cartoony would make it all the better, imho.

The person himself, if you wanted it to appear as though he has been transfixed a little longer, you could make a little bit of stubble evident on his face to illustrate time. And the cream color down towards his waist could be less saturated to fit in with the rest of the shape, to me that shadow appears to be a little too warm.
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Danny2849 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2018
Hi, I’m really enjoying Home and the Fairies, the attention to detail is incredible and then unfinished paintings makes you wonder what he was going to paint before the fairies go to involved.

I’m currently co-developing a writing app called Prompt that utilises daily images and written prompts to inspire poetry and stories. Home and then Fairies is just the kind of image we are looking to showcase; your own poetry shows how inspiring this is. Would it be possible to include this image in our initial line-up? We don’t ask for rights or anything, just permission to include it as one of our daily prompts that can inspire wither writers and artists. We naturally would attribute the image and will add any other info wanted.


PoisonxIcexBlade Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018
LOL the one sulking in the corner is my personal favorite
ANIMALGIRL1869 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018
this is beautiful and so it looks so life like
daytriper23 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018
To be honest I'm not an artist but I have to say the mood of this is wonderful.  The mix of light and color is almost soothing to me.
lunadeviant Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
Love this!
dreamybluewhale Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018
Nice work!
shiMusa Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I already liked the painting, but I just see:
You should add more indirect lighting!
Reflections from the floor, walls, etc. on the person, elves, stones etc.
I can highly recommend James Gurney: Color and Light!
B00nty Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018
Impressionnant :O 
fenixun Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018
o ou :) beautiful
Nicostrata Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay, this totally reminds me of Jeb from the splintered series. only different hair. 
Angel47093 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this one Heart! It shows a really great interaction between a human and some fairies. Aww Nod 
blisterine66 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
Good friendship time.
Darkshadow81 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
EnglemanArt Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018   Traditional Artist
Stunning piece.
Cosaco Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Nicely done, I like it :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
orchidkitty Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
The fairys are so beautiful :)
art-gallery-today Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
very nice
sprockets04 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how all the fairies look like they have a different personality!  The curious one, playful one, one that's sleepy/snuggly, etc.  You are very talented and thanks for sharing your work :)
EternityKX Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so beautiful...I just love the concept, the story and your art <3 really beautiful...
ThaoNguyen-violet Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
Oh, wonderful ! 
JDP384 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding painting lifelike and the detail in every respect is perfection.  
NmlxStNoita Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist
Kahdrim Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work
FandasieDerya7ARts Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
This is the first Artwork that i saw here, in DeviantArt, before years ago, and still love it! It's also the reason I joined DeviantArt!!!! Finally I can express to you, my respect and the love for your Work!!!!! 😀🎨
Moonfire623 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Student General Artist
Absolutely Gorgeous!!!
aimermonami Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017
I agree with the critiques. This is a stunning piece.
isntlifedaft Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with the other comments. This is exquisitely painted. Beautiful. 
Wolfie-The-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Student General Artist
omg this is so beautiful ;u;
Rigobro Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Wonderful job! Amazing! I love it so much!…
eWeMad420 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
speechless i am just speechless.................its just AMAZING~Playful Kiss: Faint Playful Kiss: Faint 
Siolan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016
Lovely! :)
evgeniabel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job! 
ARTOFECALM Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
uncanny valley. YAY
Braja69 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting.
palomasummers Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
HauntedVisions Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful work, and amazing detail!
mikumikukitty Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Student Filmographer
I think this kinda of the phase an artist goes into when they draw...Everything becomes real.
Darkangael Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
RoyalBeef Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
painting is good, but your "poem" doesn't seem realistic at all
BoxxMannDA Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
getting lost in your fantasy a great feeling sometimes
thoughttrainderailed Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this!  Really great detailing and colors!
yannyxboo Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Reminds me of Alice in Wonderland but male version <3
cogwurx Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Great work!
dreamland11 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016   Traditional Artist
Jaasp Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
um... guys, this is traditional... Oh my god IT LOOKS DIGITAL 
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