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(Contains: nudity)
You raised from the shadows to glow in sunlight,
Your captivating beauty and your sweet scent wrap around me
and I shall die by your infernal kiss.


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You might have seen her often, perceived her scent in summer, and been captivated by her bundles of petals that glitter in the sunlight.
But you don't expect the infernal effect she takes on you when she finally captured you enough to indulge in her beauty.

This is an interpretation of the blossoms of Brugmansia, a plant that belongs to the family of Solanaceae.
Its content of toxic alkaloids can cause hallucinations, dowsiness, numbness and if dosed too high it can ultimately cause death.
Since it's a natural drug you have no power over the dosage because every plant contains a different amount of toxic agents that can cause fascinating trips and hallucinations. So you might experience either the full beauty of the plant or total decay.

The trips are often described as incalculable, terriffic and very confusing. The danger of the drug and its effect is also that consuments are not able to differ reality from hallucination. So, if you believe you have wings, you will definitely jump off the next bridge.

I wanted to interpret this pretty yet lethal flower because I find it captivating as well as scary. And I tell you, keep your fingers off this plant. My description is merely to clear up the ambiguity of this painting and to point out the symbolism, not to suggest a new drug to you.

Better stick to beer or mushrooms.

This painting took me a very long time sitting on the floor, mixing subtle colours and detailing the flowers. I rarely draw flowers this up close and therefore I think this was another leaning curve for me. :)

The original is 61 x 49 cm on thick watercolour stock and will be adorned with an old frame tomorrow.
This will be for sale at Mephit Mini Con. :)


Thanks a lot for looking! <3
Drugs are bad, m'k?
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CanveySue Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely
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:iconluxi-masquerade:
So full of light and yet definetly creepy. I LOVE it! :la:
Really, there is something in this painting that... I don't know, it's just fascinating!
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:iconqbmaya:
This is absolutely enchanting.
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LuigiDesigner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
there are so many feeling in this, freedom, peace, its a pleasure for the eyes
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scarlet-45 May 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The contrast between the white and the colored flowers is beautiful. The whole composition of the peice is really strong. Excellent job.
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iPawed May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Fabulous, beautiful work, as always.
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:iconspiritriver:
The flow of this drawing is beautiful.
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:iconlionboy55555:
a wonderful message that you were kind enough to interpret for those of us without the background in such plants. it's made me think, thank you.
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Aikya Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is extremely beautiful :heart: I love the detail and transparency of your flowers-it must have taken so long to get the shapes and forms just right! I know you have probably envisioned this already, but I keep seeing your Plant Spirit in a composition like this-with flowers blooming and wilting all over his body.

Keep creating these awesome paintings! :D
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:iconthianari:
Dieses Bild hat so richtig schön "Seele" in sich.
Vom Malerischen her gefällt mir der Übergang Tuch-Rauch-Pflanze besonders gut. Auch das dezente Spiel mit der Transparenz der Blütenblätter.
Ein insgesamt auch sehr gelungenes Bild mit starkem Charakter und wunderbarer Ausführung.

Eine Frage hätt ich aber:
Das extrem helle weiß im Bild, da ist schon ein klein wenig mit dem Computer nachgeholfen nach dem Scannen, oder? =)
Ich bekomm bei meinen gescannten Aquarell-Bildern nie ein so klares Weiß mehr hin ohne das ganze Bild "überzubelichten".
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