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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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PinkVendetta Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Beautiful work.
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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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:iconnahojis:
nahojis Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
wonderful painting!
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:icondmtripovi:
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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nick121235 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful
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:iconkaynyman:
KayNyman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning.
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:iconaastusharma:
aastusharma Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
amazing :O :O
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Santosbzz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Great!
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dmkozicka Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

This is a very interesting and beautiful painting ! 

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:iconlibertimages:
libertimages Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely beautiful !
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TheFool432 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Niccccccccce.
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:iconkajenx:
Kajenx Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Artist
This is very very nice. :)
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:iconkeithvaughn:
KeithVaughn Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Reminds me of Jeffry Jones work. Very nice!
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anemesis5 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
very great!!!! why i cant paint like this ??? :(
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trinly Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
i went to scroll through this in my deviations and i just couldn't hit next without being absolutely entranced, and of course if im absolutely entranced i have to let you know that i am.... this is soooooooo beautiful. i dont know if it is the colors, the technique, the outfit, that beautiful arm or what it is... but im just blown away by this i love it.
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michaelelliottfurr Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work man! Congrats! :iconyeahplz:
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tommyb709 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
nice.
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CorryRox Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing!...
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artratene Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Congratulations for being in the Exhibition!  We're so proud of you! Really nice concept, but I can just see people moving out of her way, because she's carrying the moon. XD  Or something gravitational would happen.  IDK.  Wonderful job!
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kin-tori Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is incredible. Everything looks so fresh and the brushwork is FANTASTIC! Do you mind sharing your process? I'd really like to experiment in this direction, my current paintings have quite a different look to them.
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:iconrobrey:
robrey Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Check out my process video on youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9AcDJ…
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:iconkin-tori:
kin-tori Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks much!
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:iconlucasparolin:
LucasParolin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you're rocking man!
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:iconwulff-arts:
Wulff-Arts Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations! Great painting!:) (Smile) 
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M0AI Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The markmaking in this is amazing!
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap:
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Goodnight-Melbourne Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014   Traditional Artist
I like the skintone. :) Would you mind sharing what colours you mix for such skintones?
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:iconrobrey:
robrey Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not sure I remember, but I would guess Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, and Ivory Black.
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Goodnight-Melbourne Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
I see. thanks a lot :)
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ligoscheffer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
I really like this painting, it's beautiful. I'm curious about your decision to leave her face a bit undefined though, was that an artistic choice or a symbolic one?  
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:iconsuyuku-san:
suyuku-san Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Writer
talk about carrying the world on your shoulders... I mean head :)
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soulofwinter Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Artist
Beautiful piece, love the textures, especially on the moon! I also appreciate the addition of flower symbology in this one :)
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:icontouchofthesoul:
touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice work!! :) (Smile)
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Cocoru Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, I love this so much!  The textures and colors are just lovely!  You have an amazing technique and skill with the paintbrush, I envy you!  Well done!
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CarolynYM Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Bravo! Wonderful painting!
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KaarlaaXD Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Writer
Oh dear spirits, I love this. I really wish I could have this.
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vonnbriggs Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
what the is holding the moon, this is awesome 
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