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(Psyche) Butterfly's Dream. by elianthos80 (Psyche) Butterfly's Dream. by elianthos80
Note: for explanation in Italian scroll down/didascalie in italiano nella metÓ inferiore della descrizione. Details here [link] and here [link]
more pics here: [link] and here (the MC warning is for a few nudes in the portfolio section, the link itself is SFW )[link]

Forget-me-not blue flowers and stars, wine red spirals on a gold field with white and silver accents. Part Klimt, part medieval icon, part coat of arms.
Mized media on 50 x70 cm canvas:
HB pencil; gold acrylic paint; antique gold enamel; white, silver and gold metallic varnish pens;
lilac, purple, navy blue, orange and brown marker, 'wine red' (maroon) and blue Uniposca markers, holographic glitter nail polish,
aqua and duochrome teal-gold eyeshadow loose powder, pearly pink eyepencil.


That's the painting I made for the upcoming 'Sulla scena del mistero tra sogno e realtÓ... l'enigma' art exhibit in Novara, Italy. <--- Dream, reality, perception, reflection: their mysterious connection in the artist's vision.

For my interpretation of the above theme(s) I picked
1)the history and etimology of Psyche starting from Greek tradition and myths (the word psyche also meaning 'butterfly, moth'),
2) perception/vision/knowledge theories in both Platonic and Christian tradition - the gaze,
the vision, the dream, the mirror as the space where both illusion and reality meet in a flux and knowledge can happen - .
3) Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi)'s dream of a butterfly, as it can be seen as another approach to such themes.
4) Shakespeare's quote from the Tempest framing the butterfly frame of the female figure(s ) - are they twins? a nod to the painter's star sign - Gemini -? a single entity and her not-quite-identical reflection? Not only, but also - is a further invite to search and define illusion, dreams and reality. " We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep".

Quick links:
Psyche etimology
[link]
A reading of Zhuangzi's butterfly dream and relation with Nietzche's vision
[link]
Short note about Shakespeare's quote in context:
[link]


:bulletyellow: Thank you very much to :icondeshrubber: for the DD. I'm honoured. :bulletyellow:

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ITALIANO.

Stelle e fiori blu-non-ti-scordar-di-me, spirali rosso vino su fondo oro con tocchi di bianco e argento. In parte Klimt, in parte icona,
in parte emblema araldico.
Tecnica mista su tela, 50 x 70 cm
Matita HB, pittura acrilica oro chiaro, smalto oro antico, penne a vernice metallizzata bianca argentata e dorata,
pennarello lilla, viola, blu, arancio e marrone; pennarelli Uniposca azzurro e rosso vino ( granato), smalto glitter olografico per unghie,
ombretto in polvere sciolto verde acqua e ottanio cangiante oro, matita per labbra rosa perlato.

Dipinto realizzato per la mostra collettiva "Sulla scena del mistero tra sogno e realtÓ... l'enigma".
Sogno, realtÓ, percezione, riflessione, rappresentazione: il loro nesso misterioso nella visione dell'artista.

Come interpretazione del titolo della mostra ho scelto
l'etimologia di 'Psiche' a partire dalla tradizione e mitologia greca
(che includono tra i significati di Psiche anche 'farfalla, falena' );
le teorie su percezione/visione/conoscenza
della tradizione platonica e cristiana - la visione, il sogno, lo specchio come luogo ove illusione
e realtÓ si incontrano in un flusso continuo e ove ha luogo la conoscenza - ;
il sogno della farfalla di Chuang Tzu (Zuangzhi) come altro approccio a tali temi.
La citazione shakespeariana da La Tempesta che incornicia la cornice/farfalla in cui appaiono le figure femminili
- forse gemelle? un possibile accenno anche al segno natale dell' artista? oppure una singola entitÓ e il suo riflesso imperfetto?
Non solo, ma anche - Ŕ ulteriore invito a ricercare e definire illusione, sogno, realtÓ. "We are such stuff as dreams
are made of, and our little life is rounded with a sleep".
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Links di approfondimento:
etimologia di 'Psiche' (Psyche) in greco
[link]
una lettura del sogno della farfalla di Zuangzhi in rapporto alla visione nietzschiana
[link]
spiegazione e contesto della citazione di Shakespeare:
[link]
una traduzione e spunto di riflessione in italiano per la medesima citazione:
[link]
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TribalStrength Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
this is beautiful!!

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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
thank you very much  :)
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TribalStrength Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
no problem just telling the truth great stuff keep it up!!!
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PaniCrusnik09 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Absolutely amazing. I love the muse for it, as well!
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thank you very much ;)
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional
sweet job
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:iconelianthos80:
elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Thank you ^^
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dynamicability Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
This is so beautiful!!! :love:
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
eeeh glad you think so :hug:
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S3cRt Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Nice
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Thanks ^^
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S3cRt Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Your welcome
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VickyInu Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Digital Artist
butterfly *-*

Awesome ;)
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
butterflies rule *-*
thanks :highfive:
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student General Artist
So lovely!
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Thank you for the kind comment
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student General Artist
:la:
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xFroggiii Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Complimenti per la DD c:
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Grazie :D
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CrescentCrystalMoon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
So...Beautiful...!!! :O
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Yey mission accomplished then :D. Thanks
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ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Congratulations on the well deserved DD!
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Thank you very much! :hug:
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ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Your welcome :)
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iulikstela Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Ŕ carino e mostra qualcosa di misterioso peccato che lei Ŕ triste
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Visto che la mostra richiedeva un certo elemento di mistero ci˛ mi consola. Per la tristezza non saprei, questa per me Ŕ un'espressione assorta e seria ma il mio lato emo Ŕ sempre in agguato a quanto pare X,D. Grazie del commento ^^
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SugarySweetLove Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
thank you
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SugarySweetLove Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem
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IllyDragonfly Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Writer
Mi sembrava che il tuo stile mi fosse familiare! Congratulazioni per la DD!!!!
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Grazie :,)
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IllyDragonfly Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013   Writer
Prego!!!
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13devilgirl13 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful!
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Thanks :)
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13devilgirl13 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Cnids Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not really crazy about the use of colour in this. The background is kind of an unpleasant greenish vomit colour (the mottling doesn't help) and the pink and blue flowers clash pretty badly. The orange hair adds another colour that isn't quite right for the piece, and the overall result is a rather jarring or almost abject atmosphere. The glitter looks to have a bluish hue to it, which also doesn't aid in creating a cohesive colour space. The skin tones are muddy and it almost looks like she has liver failure and is also suffocating due to the yellow base colour and the blue/grey overtone.

I'm also not sure about this piece on a conceptual level. I mean, I see what you're trying to do, but when it comes down to it, it's two anime girls in the shape of a butterfly with glitter on it. Maybe I'm not giving it enough of a shot, but I'm just having a hard time taking this seriously. I think it looks a little better situated in an environment (in the other photos) but here with nothing to place it in context I feel it just kind of loses all its impact and the negative elements take over.

In terms of improvements, I would really suggest looking more into colour theory and the types of tones that work well together. Generally speaking, randomly picking colours from all over the colour wheel (like green-yellow, orange, purple/pink, and blue) is going to look like a dog's breakfast. If you're not comfortable with using a lot of colour, try sticking to analogous colours or very neutral ones: they're pretty hard to misuse (though I'm sure exceptions apply). I think the bright white highlights work nicely on the skin for a stylistic choice, but they're a little stark on the hair. Maybe use them more sparingly there, and try to blend in some more saturated highlights rather than going straight to white.

Also I would probably ditch the glitter. This is probably a personal taste thing, but every time I see a painting with glitter, my knee jerk reaction is "tacky!".
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
P.S.: about the conceptual level. Well, the purpose was to have something that could be both enjoyed at a WYSIWYG layman level - glitter! gold! it sparkles! flowers! someone that even a child could enjoy... and they actually did at the exhibit - and/or peeled layer by layer if one was so inclined. For me the latter as a thinking spectator is a welcome bonus***, but I like some eye candy going with the substance. I'm still a kid having fun - or just shallow - like that in spite of being past my prime :p.

***In this sense once again I'm thankful you took the time to read about the reasons behind the painting even if you weren't convinced by my rendition.
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Thank you for the detailed comment.
I think at least part of the possibly upleasant effect colours-wise for you is due to the difference in each laptop/device screen color calibrations (both IRL and on my PC the 'pink' you mentioned for instance if anything is closer to burgundy-maroon depending on the angle of each shot).
Add to this the tricky nature of foil and metallics plus my oh-so-very penchant for rule of tincture of medieval lore (see also its use under: heraldry, flags color schemes and hues. Not among the most somber colour combinations you can find definitely :D ) and the result by these factors alone can't be up everyone's alley. The final cherry (or tomb stone) is I had to make a compromise between preservation of pic detail and the aforementioned tricky metallics. This specific shot was the best I could muster with my camera in term of sharpness, I sacrificed some of the color balance for the sake of detail.
You also mention the green. From some angles IRL you do see some cold undertones in the gold - from most (but not any) angles they're less visible than in the pic - leaning towards green. It's again a hommage to medieval painting and gilding techniques: the gold leaf applied on a surface would take a warmer or colder lustre going by the colour of the bolo mixture (typically green vs red-orange) underneath. Yes, on top of painting I've worked in a medieval art museum and edited medieval art catalogues for some years, some of that sensibility and color choices must have rubbed on me. Let me also tell you, some of color combos medieval westerners were so fond of can seem prett 'off' to the modern-trained eye :). If you ever happen to read some of Michel Pastoreau essays on colours - and colour meanings&schemes ancient history - you can get a pretty enjoyable recap of how things have changed in the last centuries.
In terms of 'modern' color schemes my painting overall effectt IRL is not too far from analogous with split schemes pics scrolling down this page [link] .
Anime girls issue: unlike a lot of people I was rised under Renaissance realism since I was a child (artsy Italian family and all that, huge Michelangelo's David's head mold in the house, me crushing on that huge head since I have memory and all that), I started drawing 'anime' for fun at 10 but since I was 5 - believe it or not - my realist style was already there. My last childhood doodles looking like child doodles date to when I was around 4. If anything you could call my way of drawing pseudo-anime/manga, it's actually closer to a classic Fina Arts realism and western comics mix with a little manga&anime flavour. Anyway, let me try playing devil's advocate here... most anime groups here on DA when I draw 'anime style' would consider these realistic hence 'not anime'. I'm not going into debate about 'anime style' because it's such a gross generalization in itself is not even funny. You would find iper-realism as well as super stylized art and chara design as soonas you step out of mainstream and/or popular titles, but whatever.

I'm calling total guilt (but never regret) on me for the glitter ( it shines silver to every colour of the rainbow too, sorry) and for this I'm afraid our knees will keep jerking in totally different ways.
Ditto on your dog's breakfast analogy. As I am an animal lover you're quite reassuring me in a way.
Again, thanks for taking the time of a thourough comment. Hopefully my reply was as thorough. Sorry for any akward phrasing as I'm not a native English speaker.
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sorrowless220 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
thank you ^^
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atram95 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
E' Assolutamente Meraviglioso!!
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Evviva! Grazie ^^
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Elskerr Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
So gorgeous! :happybounce:
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
:blush: thanks
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Thank you very much!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :happybounce:
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elianthos80 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
:iconlaplz: . Congrats on the March Member awards btw ;)
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :heart:
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Congratulations to the well deserved DD! :dalove:
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