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Daphne (La Metamorfosi) by Marie-Esther Daphne (La Metamorfosi) by Marie-Esther
Watercolours on thick smooth paper, size < A4

Second attempt with watercolours! 

Reference picture:… by the very talented :iconnataliadrepina: . Take some time to check out her gallery, you won't regret it!

According to Greek myth, Apollo (Phoebus) chased Daphne, a nymph of Arthemis and Gea who loved her own freedom, and according to Ovid's "Metamorphoses", the god's infatuation was caused by an arrow from Eros, who wanted to make Apollo pay for making fun of his archery skills and to demonstrate the power of love's arrow. 
While Apollo was hit by a golden arrow, the arrow of love,  Daphne was instead hit by a dull iron one and was therefore fated to reject Apollo's affection.
Running away from him, in order to keep her freedom safe, she prayed Gea (or her father Pineios, according to Ovid) to save her, turning therefore into a laurel.
The laurel became sacred to Apollo, who was then always depicted with a laurel crown on his head. 

The god by grace of hope, the girl, despair,

Still kept their increasing pace until his lips

Breathed at her shoulder; and almose spent,

The girl saw waves of a familiar river,

Her father's home, and in a trembling voice

Called, "Father, if your waters still hold charms

To save your daughter, cover with green earth

This body I wear too well,"  and as she spoke

A soaring drowsiness possessed her; growing

In earth she stood, white thighs embraced by climbing

Bark, her white arms branches, her fair head swaying

In a cloud of leaves; all that was Daphne bowed

In the stirring of the wind, the glittering green

Leaf twined within her hair and she was laurel.

Daphne and Apollo - Metamorphoses - Ovid

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Critique by Toclimboutofhell Feb 2, 2014, 8:35:41 AM
Interesting choice of theme.Daphne is fated to an abortive romance with Apollo by Eros. Daphne renounces humanity itself in favor of a primitive laurel form. She then undergoes a metamorphosis.
This watercolor portrays the beginning of the metamorphosis. The face of Daphne has an apathetic manner, typical of one who has suffered to the point of indifference. She raises her hands which are changing from flesh to vine. In general, the pose is well done and captures the essence of the theme, a deliverance from humanity.
Concerning technique, the hues are appropriate but the shading could have been smoother. Also, there should be a gradual transition from human flesh to vine(i.e., branches could pierce the flesh, reaching outward since the metamorphosis is the result of an internal(mind) conflict that transforms the body).
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orinokoYellow Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
This is amazing, it is so delicate and gentle - love it!:)
MerakiGhoul Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing
Py3rr Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
The overall piece is pretty good, but I have to admit, the lips and the global aspect of what we can see of her face is really gorgeous :)
Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you dear, I'm glad you like it! :hug:
Py3rr Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Anytime welcome! ;)
BastardPrince Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
nice work, very skilfully done :>
Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you dear! :hug:
aDutchBoy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Very interesting to not show the rest of the woman :) 
Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you dear! :hug:
MohamadKaaki Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
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