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Transit of the Moon by robrey Transit of the Moon by robrey
Oil, 18 x 24 inches

This new painting has been accepted to the Oil Painters of America 2014 National Exhibition! The exhibition will take place at The Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont, June 7 - July 27, 2014. Happily, this year's OPA National Exhibit will be close enough for me to attend without flying.

Flowers don't seem to carry the same weight of symbolism that they used to carry in paintings, but just for fun, I decided to use night-blooming "moonflowers" in this painting. As an added fun conceptual bonus, these flowers belong to "the classic 'witches' weeds', along with deadly nightshade, henbane, and mandrake. Most parts of the plants contain toxic hallucinogens, and datura [moonflower] has a long history of use for causing delirious states and death. It was well known as an essential ingredient of love potions and witches' brews." Thank you, Wikipedia.

Detail image on my blog: robreyart.blogspot.com/#sthash…
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maura24 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing job!
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virnagray Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So very beautiful:)
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2Dnaut Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning! :D
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dschallock Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
wow.
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ngwinyi Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
I love this soo much!Love 
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nahojis Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
wonderful painting!
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Dmtripovi Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Just beautiful I can't stop suprising how some people are talented!!Keep going :D
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rohail6 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Beautiful!
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DAbrevaya Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful :D
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artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read your details re: Transit of the Moon.  My impression is a bit different.  When I first saw her, it struck me that only women understand the cycles of life ... because they must.  Beautiful painting.
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