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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.)



EDIT:

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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magnifulouschicken Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing...love the cool colors.
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Wonderful artwork! :)
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :love:
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:iconevagataartist:
EvaGataArtist Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
the colours, the motion, the idea - totally desperately beautiful <3
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm honoured - thank you so much! :heart:
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:iconconstacat:
constacat Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!  Love the color and the sense of movement...actually just all of it.
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :cuddle:
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:iconphantsythat:
phantsythat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an incredibly beautiful image.
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks! :doublehug: revamp
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:iconconstacat:
constacat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :love:
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:iconartbyfieldsofsage:
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exceptionally beautiful gallery.
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks! :hug:
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:iconartbyfieldsofsage:
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So very welcome:)
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SerafinAdele Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love your Muse series! Beautiful linework and colouring, and I believe I see the influence of Alphonse Mucha :)
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You do indeed. It feels a bit like plagiarism, but I want to learn what it is about his methods that works so well; and in the same way that I don't really know a face until I draw it, I can only discover the mechanics of a painting when I try to mimic its style. An artist once told me that he didn't mind his work being copied, as he thought that was the best way for aspiring artists to learn. How true it was.

Sorry - rambling. Many thanks! :love:
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Sebleem Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
excited Heart Love 
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:icontheperian:
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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:icontheperian:
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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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I've always enjoyed a seagull motif. Something by Alan Lee comes to mind at the thought. :love:
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DemoniqueAlma Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's amazing! the pose the colors I think the hair is fine it looks like part of the style of the picture the only thing that stands a bit different from the art is the birds they look a bit faded to me.
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theperian Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I've been trying with all of the muses to keep the 'other' elements soft and indefinite, emphasizing that is the muse, or the idea, itself that has the greatest clarity. A sort of visual representation of having a flash of inspiration, if that makes sense. :)

Many thanks! :heart:
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DemoniqueAlma Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooo That's a very interesting reason I greatly withdraw my comment then!

Your very welcome.^_^
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
No worries! I always like to hear people's impressions of a piece. It helps me learn. :)
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DemoniqueAlma Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yup and it's cool to have unique focuses on art work too makes it more original.;)
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TruthisTruth Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation! :clap:
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :love:
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TruthisTruth Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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Chippie18 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I like the contrast between the realistis birds and the woman ^^
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:icon100-rooms:
100-Rooms Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014   Filmographer
Beautiful - all of them!
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks! :heart:
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:iconemms54:
emms54 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your style, congratulations !
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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GhstOrchid Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
moving
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :heart:
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:iconlittlecave:
littlecave Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is so nice.
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :love:
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theperian Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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xDoglate Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very perplexing.
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad - I would always hope to create something which could be thought-provoking. :) Thanks!
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indigoatmosphere Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful, there's so much motion and flow to her. Congrats on the well-deserved DD!
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :love:
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Airianov Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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