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Diana by mgruev Diana by mgruev
Nowadays everything that we can refer to as the awaken spiritual part of humanity comes from the culture of ancient civilizations which once inhabited the Earth. Through myths and legends they tell us about their lives and customs, their
beliefs and how they connect the life here and the afterlife. They use such rich language and philosophies that now in these pragmatic times they seem like a beautiful fiction. This well of "living water" which is right on the borders of the real and the imaginary world is an original mixture of literary characters, gods, mortals as well as beautiful landscapes and epic battles between good and evil. To put it shortly- in our history the gods act like people because they are seen and described by the people themselves.

Unfortunately for us little by little this well of wisdom is running dry. By killing Nature we also kill the gods with who we speak. We remain alone in the deserts. Deserts of arrogance and self ignorance. Sands of egoism where the main role is played only by death... In a irreversibly gone and forever lost past and future of the humans... This is how I made "Diana". I could have written more but who is going to draw! :)

P.S. Dear friends of dA, ten of you who write me something on this or other mythological topic will receive an original copy of "DIANA". You can also participate in this modest(:)) contest if you write about something that touched you from your life.

Technique: Etching
Size: 124x90mm
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aixado Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
beautiful !!
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axcelia Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
beautifully done, the colours and the softness work well together, it must have taken you hours to do. :clap:
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morbidmetalfreak Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007   General Artist
it's ironic, but i am a big fan of mythology, i read it, study it and i think it offers more wisdoms than modern religions i am a wiccan and so this piece touches in me many ways

not to be long-winded but this piece has inspired me...

as a wiccan i think that the idea of more than one god that are more human in many ways is so much more logical than one perfect god...take greek mythology the gods have major flaws and do evil things and that is reflected in us but the idea of one god who isn't evil in any way isn't logical because supposedly in most modern religions humankind was made in the image of god...

i'm sorry this is long, u just got me thinking i really love this piece a fav+
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perpetualfrustration Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007   General Artist
such an interesting sytle you have.it reminds me of old books...
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pangie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*_* i love this peice so much

you really portrayed Diana and her presence a beautiful way
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starbones Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
This is really an amazing piece! the detail is stunning. every muscle in her leg, the fur on the deer, the moon, the grass, everything. such perfect detail. and your description is wonderfully put. it gives this piece and almost tragic feeling. and ancient sad feeling. and what's even more, is your work really does have such a classical, old world feel. marvelous!
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insanellamagirl Featured By Owner May 16, 2007   Traditional Artist
i can't believe i didn't comment on this earlier. This piece is gorgeous. The classicized figures are amazing. I love the God-being in the background whose mouths becomes a waterfall. I like how the entire piece connects with everything around it, like at the top where the white border of the paper flows into where the writing is. And how the trees invade the circle where the god and godesses are. I think that because of the way Diana looks at the viewer and how her hands gently gestures to the dog it seems like some sort of plea from the Gods to help save the beautiful Planet they gave humans. If thats not the correct message i'm sorry, but anyway its a goregous print
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rachelab74 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the classical style!! And the one single drop of water that is hanging...it is just hanging there...above the barron wasted land, where once it falls ...its life body where it was once a part of many....alone...parched land...thirsty....will no longer exist!! Very lovely work!! :clap:
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mgruev Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for this good and philosophical comment about the mythological drop of water and the today's parched land!
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rachelab74 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh No!!! THank YOU.. for the lovely work and the commentating....gets one to think and further study the artwork itself... helps to draw the eyes to the detailing to see what inspired the writing and the artwork to begin with!! :)
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apechute Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Great print! Your handling of the etching technique is amazing.
And speaking of mythology (specifically Greek) I have recently been working on a suite of images based on Greek mythological creatures. As a kid I used to read Greek mythology ravenously. The stories and concepts seemed to make a lot of sense to me. Check out my gallery if you get a chance.
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mgruev Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I am glad that you show interest and work in world history and Greek mythology in particular. Everything that is new is actually something that is long forgotten, as they say- nothing new under the Sun :)...
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feunS Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
thats really really amazing! looks like it was lot of work... and also the history of it... wow.
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trickypink Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's sad how much we've destroyed nature; it's getting harder and harder just to find a green space unobscured by some form of technology. It's even harder to be swept away by the idea of gods and stories. We have new mythologies made of fiction and pop media and comic books, but it's just not the same. I like that you chose the goddess of the hunt to represent this view you have. She's the epitome of the wildness of nature, of being a part of it and living from it. I think that's why it's so fascinating to look back on ancient mythology, or even in america's case, just to look at another country or culture that still has some traditional roots. It seems so foreign now to be in touch with anything that happened before our grandparents lifetime.

This is so beautifully done, thank you for sharing it with us, and you're ideas behind it.
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Stepbeyond Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful---this is fantastic.
As far as the subject matter---oh please---don't get me started---we're so smart (man that is) we're slowly but surely destroying everything---and in the process ourselves. We can't continue on this road---we just can't---but of course we will.
It's very sad. I understand where you're coming from exactly.
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DSil Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006  Student General Artist
This is a gorgeous piece. The strong lighting and rich detail are so beautiful, and the philosophy behind it is very interesting. I love art with a strong psychological base. There's so much more there to look at. I only wish you posted it larger, because at this resolution many of the details are to small to discern, and I'd love to see what's going on there.
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