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Flower Head by Decarabia69 Flower Head by Decarabia69
18 inches X 24 inches, acrylics on canvas.

This is another one of the paintings I did during my absence after my mother was diagnosed with cancer. It was more a mental distraction than an honest attempt and having served its purpose, I gessoed over it to use the canvas for something else.

It's strange to think I'm showing a painting that no longer exists, and the parallels one could draw between such a painting and the life of a person is noteworthy.
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Rzj Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
It's a very interesting thing overpainting one for the reason you described. I believe it was a action from the heart, which never can be a wrong thing :)
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Thank you, Rosanne! I guess the best thing about it is that I got to keep the painting (here in dA) AND I get to reuse the canvas. :)
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Rzj Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
that's great yeh!
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poisonedrose Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
I love seeing faces alongside nature. Totally my cup of tea!
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Yes, humans too often forget of their most essential connections in this life, don't they? Thanks for your comment.
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erinlee Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
This painting lives on virtually.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Yes, and I'm actually glad I took the photo before covering it up.
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erinlee Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
So that we still get to see it.
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dawno Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow. Does this pot-head exist? Or is this something out of your head?
I had a friend who had a really creepy-looking pot-heat once... crazy that under certain conditions, the thing would start talking and follow you around with its eyes.
Under your own circumstances, though, I don't know if a pot-head like that would be very comforting...
I hope everything is okay with you.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
No, it was just something I made up. It's sort of my take on how transient our life and our health is - notice how the flower head pot is full of life and greenery? There is a crack in the flower head signifying the beginning of the end for it. It's also staring at the transparent glass bowl full of dead twigs. I wanted this to somehow draw the parallel between life and death. The scenery out the window shows that life goes on no matter what happens indoors.
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dawno Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
So much meaning goes into your work. That, along with your unique style, is what I love about it.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Yes, I attribute it all to a penchant for philosophy and the fact that communicating visually crosses all language barriers.

Thanks for your very kind comments, Dawn. :)
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sinnkitty Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
really well done...the idea is great and it has a wierd feeling in it wich i like...good job.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Thank you very much, Homa! I'm happy that you liked it! :hug:
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Fladam Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
I can feel so much sadness in this painting MJ, I sense the vase looks upon the dead wood with maybe a kind of dread or fear for its own mortality. Beyond the window there are blue skies, but within the room there is a feeling of death. The branches symbolize death yet the surrounding plants maybe represent life, or the fact that life continues despite death. Forgive me if i have missed the point, I can only tell you what I see.

I do see sadness mainly, and I can't even imagine what thoughts were coursing through your mind at the time this picture was made.

Then you gessoed it. So it is now a blank canvas. This feels poignant as though you are moving on from the frame of mind you were in. Which, as you so rightly say does run parellels with ones mortality.

I really did feel sad when I saw this, as it made me think of you and the emotional pain you are in.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
You got the point exactly, Frank - that's why you're my friend, it's that intuitive artist/human being that makes the connection. Thanks for your kind comments, but thanks most for being my friend! :hug:
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England9 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
How ever does he get a comb through that?
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Ha! He uses a big pick, like the bros with the fros back in the 70s. :)
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England9 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That's It, I'm getting a perm...
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Well, you've got to wear a pick in your hair, learn how to walk and do the dap. :)
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Handie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Michael, I really like this. Maybe you needed to just purge your soul of what you were holding inside, and after you got them out, you were able to erase them and allow yourself to just rest. Getting rid of the bad energy and moving forward.

Thanks for showing it to us - and I'm glad that you at least have a photo of it.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Thanks for your kind words and your understanding, Sandra. You're right, I just had to get past it all to heal. Looking at the photo here isn't as difficult for me as looking at the painting sitting in the corner to remind me of how I felt while doing it.
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JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Wonderful work, and the idea that it no longer exist is an interesting concept!
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Wow, did you post these two comment (the one on Tuscanny too) again? I guess dA is having another glitch.
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JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Did I? I've only posted one comment per deviation. I see one comment on your Flower Head and another on your Tuscanny piece. :confused:
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
No, I'm sure it was dA - I've been receiving comments I've already answered. It's happened before.
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JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
Yeah I think it is too, just after I replied to you, I was deleting some old activity messages and they kept appearing again after, weird!
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sweetmouth Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Very moving work.A lot of art on DA (including my own)lacks a real emotional feel to it(and I don't mean black tears falling down a sad emo girl's face ofsome broken wings bullshit).This has power and it's own unique quality.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
That's such a nice thing to say, I almost wish I hadn't destroyed the painting. :(

Still, it's purpose was to purge me of emotions I didn't want to hold onto and having done that it became useless to me.

Thanks again.
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ShahabAlizadeh Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wonderful work my friend! :)
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Thank you, Shahab! You're so kind. Your brother has been drawing up a storm lately, don't you think? His works have reached new heights. :)
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ShahabAlizadeh Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah! his just getting better and better im very proud :)
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Yeah, he is! It's very inspiring to see an artist grow by leaps and bounds!
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Marylouue Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The crack in the vase is really interesting, the way the flower is oriented on it makes it look almost root-y, was that your intention? Also, the sticks and the glass container are quite awesome.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Thanks a bunch for noticing all that, kiddo!

The combination of the two says a lot (so did destroying the painting when it was finished, I suppose). Notice the forlorn look on the flower head vase full of greenery and blooms as it stares at the empty, transparent glass container full of dead sticks? It's a statement about the transience of life. The crack indicates the beginning of the end in our own lives.

The window with the view outdoors shows that no matter what drama we are engaged in within our homes and lives, life goes on elsewhere.

Thanks for your nice comment.
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Marylouue Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite incredible.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
. . . yes, you are. I'm glad you're my friend. :hug:
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Marylouue Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:D, ditto, definately.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Shucks. :blush:
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LEADloaded Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Aw, I'm sorry to hear about your mother.

Your painting's cool. The way the window's done kind of pulls me through into the other world.
I also like the idea that I'm seeing something that no longer exists. ^_^
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Thanks, I was hoping that all my friends here would feel privy to something that no one else on earth will ever seen again.

Thanks for you kind words about my Mom too.
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LEADloaded Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Aww, you're welcome, of course.
Regardless of what ails us, I love that art can be used to express. Everyone has a different color, tool, shape to translate their feelings into something tangible. In spite of hardships I find that to be beautiful. (Hope you're doing better.)
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Yes, I AM doing much better which you'll see by the really sick works I hope to post soon. I've also got a few other bleak paintings I did during that sad period, but I've got to touch them up - finalize them.
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LEADloaded Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
[Rubs hands together] Ooh. I love sick works. (For the most part.) Can't wait to see. To be honest, some of my favorite drawings (of the ones I've done) come from those really dark places. Because when you're in that kind of place, mentally, you're not thinking or trying to make something pretty or cool.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Well, they won't be "sick" in the coolest sense of the word, but you'll see what I mean . . .
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LEADloaded Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
^__^ Still, I'll be looking forward to seeing.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Thanks, I guess as an art student you should have a professional interest. It will hopefully help you see the impetus for different types of art too.
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
The colors and lighting are beautiful. Nice style and fine atmosphere. Well done my friend.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Thanks, Rakesh! Compliments from artists whose works I admire always mean the most to me!
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
You're welcome and thank you kindly:blush:.
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