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A Bargain Kept by robrey A Bargain Kept by robrey
Oil, 18 x 24 inches

I wanted to create a story with this image. I'm drawing on many stories and fairy tales from The Frog Prince to Ulysses' encounter with Circe in The Odyssey to clue the viewer into what might be going on here. A shadowy sorceress is seen here with a few of her accoutrements. It's not a large leap to guess that this frog of unusual size may have not always been a frog. But who's that in the mist beyond? Is it someone spying upon her activities or an unfortunate soul forced to come and keep their end of a bargain?

Detail images on my blog: robreyart.blogspot.com/#sthash…

Prints: www.etsy.com/listing/161568205…
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:iconcrayonmaster:
crayonmaster Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Photographer
Gorgeous piece!
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markdss Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Love the painted effect.
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NamelessSaint Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Writer
This is an awesome piece.  I have a conceptual arts folder in my group :iconthe-fanart-society: that this would be perfect for.
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UnHandLynx Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
<font><font>Прекра!</font></font>
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vogeljz Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Just because...
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GilPires Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Damn that frog is so cool!
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AngelFromTheAshes Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love this.
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KassidiKeys Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Hi, I've given this piece a feature over here -> kassidikeys.deviantart.com/jou…
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:iconartweak:
artweak Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
You really capture what you wanted, a great story. Great painting, keep it up! ;)
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:iconangga701:
Angga701 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
MASTER...Sensei^^
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Shiito-kun Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job ='D
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful. Something about her expression, and the silhouette in the background, makes me feel like they're going to have to go on an unfortunate quest of some kind together. No idea why, but I like it.
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ArtbroSean Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's excellent. Really well done.
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LiberLibelula Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love this, the figure of the girl over the light in the background is beautiful!
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Waldkeir Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
I love this. Paintings with stories or even hints of stories are always very rich and inspiring.
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome work!
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Draylton Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This remember me the classical images and tales from Grecia, just like you say.
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Jessibels Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so incredible, I left this open in my tabs for days so I could keep coming back to it :heart:! I adore the way you use oils. Brushwork here is unreal.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Your art is incredible. Do you paint all in one go, or in layers?
Also, would you have any objection to me copying a portion of this painting for my own study? Edges are something I really need to work on in my oil paintings and I think I'll find it easier to work it out if I have something to follow. I'll keep it offline. Of course if you'd rather I didn't that's ok!
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robrey Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I work in one layer if possible. You're free to make copies as study as long as I'm always acknowledged as the original creator.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Oh of course, credit to the origin of a piece is paramount, always! Thank you.
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Artist
Amazing work! 
Cheers! 
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lou2209 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh wow the colours and textures are awesome! :3
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dokiiii Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
amazing!
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Tordo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work!
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atomicsapphire21 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student General Artist
this is... beautiful.
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wateradept8 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
what medium do you use? liquid? linseed oil? your own mix? 
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robrey Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Just linseed oil
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DanaRashidi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful,  I'm so used to see digital art, so I can hardly believe that this is made traditionally! ^^,
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SoraLove Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great colors and shading! ;P Good description too!
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fedora-blues Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow, beautifully done. I love the brushstrokes!
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow :wow:
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KevinNichols Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
mice
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chico51 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Wow, this painting is perfect down to every last brush stroke
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Digital Artist
This is fantastic!
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goyalrahul Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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AlexGhost Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Lovely. :3
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mathio91 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
at first I thought it,s digital art the colors and the fading background are amazing
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DemonicAngelMoon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this reminds me of pans labyrinth. what life might have been like on the other side. I have no doubt that frog would be there in some pond sitting upon a large lily pad, smiling as it rested the shade.
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Bog17 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous -- I love the composition in addition to the historical and mythical contexts: the way the arms just swirl right into her curving hips . . . that gaze looking off into the haze.
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Perliquin Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013

stunning

 

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sikness Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
I love your works, always a delight.
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enteringmymind Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the drawing plus love the story behind it!!!!:)
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gph-artist Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beyond amazing. I'm in love with all the technical aspects, but truly, the need to know the tale is a huge draw and a testament to the overall piece. Worthy of its own storybook.
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KayNyman Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just lovely! Whimsical, but not childish if that makes sense. Great work!
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TheFool432 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sweet.
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tommyb709 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
nice.
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ViridRain Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Gorgeous ! ♥ The light, the compo, the style, the characters, the story ... ! Love !!
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TraceyICampbell Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow fantastic!
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Strangeroo911 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ung, I love fairy tales and art. Yours especially, are beautiful.
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