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Erato by theperian Erato by theperian
Yes, I do plan on finishing the series I start. Sometimes it takes a year or two. ;)

This is Erato, Muse of love poetry. I tried to make her a counterpart to the muse of epic poetry, Calliope (in the red, below): the former light, fragile, all water and air; the latter stalwart, sombre, a muse of fire and stone. The verse embroidered along her hem is from a love poem by Sappho (I hope - I don't read Greek, so I'm relying on university websites for honesty).

Still deliberating over the hair. I wanted to make it pale, but it feels a bit too pasty. Hmm. That's the nice thing about light colours. If I change my mind, I can go in and alter it later.

Calliope by theperian Thalia by theperian Polyhymnia by theperian Urania by theperian Melpomene by theperian Euterpe by theperian

Many thanks for reference stock to :iconavestra-stock: for the seagulls and :iconstock-foto-graf-hi: for the superb model image.

First work of 2014 - mixed media (watercolour, ink, coloured pencil.)



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Oh, my goodness! Thank you so much to Sylwia Telari for suggesting this one for a DD, and Jane Beata for featuring it! :hugs: Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm deeply honoured, and so proud of my poetry twins (Erato and Calliope) who both now have one to their name. I can't say it enough - Thank you!

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Limited-edition, archival-quality prints of this painting are available on Etsy.

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Breathtaking illustration of Erato, muse of love poetry, from theperian ( Suggested by STelari and Featured by jane-beata )
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an incredibly beautiful image.
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constacat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful
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artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exceptionally beautiful gallery.
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SerafinAdele Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your Muse series! Beautiful linework and colouring, and I believe I see the influence of Alphonse Mucha :)
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Sebleem Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
excited Heart Love 
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theperian Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:love:
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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theperian Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks! :heart:
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
It's my pleasure! :)

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Cyzygy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
The seagull motif makes this image, for me. And windblown seems to fit love poetry oddly well!
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