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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! 


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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!:)
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MerakiGhoul Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing
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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 :)
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you dear, I'm glad you like it! :hug:
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Py3rr Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Anytime welcome! ;)
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BastardPrince Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
nice work, very skilfully done :>
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:iconmarie-esther:
Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you dear! :hug:
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aDutchBoy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Very interesting to not show the rest of the woman :) 
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:iconmarie-esther:
Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you dear! :hug:
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MohamadKaaki Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Beautiful!
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:iconmarie-esther:
Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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irethlasombra Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beauty work, AWESOME!
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:iconmarie-esther:
Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you dear, I'm really glad you like it! :hug:
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irethlasombra Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
;)
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artisan35 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
pięknie:)
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:iconmarie-esther:
Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug: :heart:
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Vanguard204 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!!
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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TitosAlexius Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
very good work, I love It really :love:
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much dear! :hug:
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TheDivineMissM-94 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Exquisite work dear! :heart:
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much dear, I'm really glad you like it! :heart:
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al1n7a Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
looks very old fashioned and gentle, love the hand posititions! thumb perspective is hard
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much dear and sorry for the late reply! :hug:
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Smoppet Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
I really love the use of color here. The red used in the fingers is particularly beautiful to me. I love the bright colors and I also like the oval shape confining the figure. I also really enjoy the positioning of the hands.
Very beautiful! Good work!
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much dear and sorry for the super late reply! :hug:
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lilCuteThings Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it love the details !! you're Amazing !
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much dear, I'm really glad you like it! :hug:
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nakedcrayon23 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is awesome:clap::D
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw thank you dear! :hug:
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artistmyx Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is really well done. I love the cropping, it helped to lead the eyes to her hands. I missed using watercolors. Glad I see one today. Your colors for the skin are really lifelike and they really helped a lot in giving the piece life! Great job my friend! :icongreatjobplz:
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much my friend and sorry for the super late reply! :hug:
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Halowing Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very lovely
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Halowing Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome~~~
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Sevenlole Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
The coloring is gorgeous, I love the way it is executed. Great work, you have a new watcher ! OuO
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much dear and sorry for the late reply! :hug:
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AllisonNicolle Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Your colors are gorgeous and so lifelike. I love the cropping and the oval boarder. I think it would be nice to see more scattered bits of her hands turning, rather than the transformation ending rather abruptly as her knuckles. 

Beautiful!
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much dear! I'm really glad you like it and I agree with your statement! Sorry for the super late reply! :hug:
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caddman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
...Fantastic work!...:clap::heart:
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you my dear Skot and sorry for the late reply! :heart:
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caddman Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
...most welcome Gaia     ..:iconheartdanceplz:
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TresArtistic Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this is a beautiful painting!
Excellent work with the watercolours.
I've done acrylic, but never watercolour.
This is a very beautiful work of art.
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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TresArtistic Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
^_^
Dig your Pink Floyd pic, btw!
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how all your images have this interesting crop, it makes it really unique and stand out. Also you've got a nice texture with the paper that makes it engaging to look at. I like how a lot of your drawings are inspired by Greek mythology, great work. :) 
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much dear, I'm really glad you like it! :hug:
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xXRisianaXx Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Awesome work! :)
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