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Plaisir d'Amour by MadElfTk Plaisir d'Amour by MadElfTk
"Plaisir d'amour ne dure qu'un moment.
chagrin d'amour dure toute la vie."

(The joy/pleasure of love lasts for a moment; the pain of love lasts lifelong).

Jean de Florian
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Another in my series of introspective self-portraits. This is very symbolism heavy. Ivy (and its vines) traditionally symbolises fidelity and friendship; pearls traditionally symbolise knowledge, love, purity, and womanhood...given its shape and lunar colour, the pearl is often equated to the moon. The heart here bears the usual meanings of love and compassion but specifically represents a selfless offering. The other flowers are minor symbols of new union/life. The fish here furthers the theme of new life, creation, and femininity.

Materials used: ink, graphite
Programs used: Photoshop CS5, Corel Painter
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Starlace Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Beautifully luminescent!
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hphnstories Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
The lighting on the skin is so lush and expressive. :love: The whole image seems to glow. I have...no idea how you did that, being a complete digital noob, but it's amazing. I liked reading about the symbolism too. The only negative thing I would say about it is that the hand seems very large compared with the arm.
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