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A little painting to celebrate the world not ending. Oil on canvas-textured paper, 11.5x15.5 inches (29x39cm). Did not intend any specific narrative, although had the Lady of the Lake motif at the back of my mind, also the fact that swords were deposited as votive offerings in lakes and rivers well into medieval times. (Also the Rhinemaidens, who appear in Rackham's illustrations, although atmosphere wise I was hoping more to evoke the likes of Waterhouse and Draper).

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:iconascoli00:
ascoli00 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
God picture
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:iconpleaseimjustagirl:
PleaseImJustaGirl Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
You Sir are a Master of the Classics.
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:iconrbow:
rbow Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Excellent work!!!
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:iconhanasian:
Hanasian Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015

Lovely artwork! Brought to mind one of many favourite scenes from the movie Monty Python & The Holy Grail....

King Arthur: I am your king.

Woman: Well, I didn't vote for you.

King Arthur: You don't vote for kings.

Woman: Well how'd you become king then?

[Angelic music plays... ]

King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.

Dennis: [interrupting] Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

-Monty Python & The Holy Grail
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lentpirls Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
very good work
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:iconmotherlilith:
MotherLilith Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
the love the emotions on the girls faces
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:iconmingothemerciless:
MingotheMerciless Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Sword and Beautiful women.  You cannot go wrong here. 
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:icondarkliminality:
DarkLiminality Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
Beautiful painting - the effect of the water is well done and the Ladies are stunning.
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:iconeruanna17:
Eruanna17 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And you even added a little gallinule ;) Wow, this looks simply great, I love your style!
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Lovely work! :)
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:iconthenudewriter:
TheNudeWriter Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Simply lovely :)
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:iconsweediesart:
SweediesArt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning art!!!!!!
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:iconbookofbobb:
BooKoFBoBB Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
A very lovely piece of work
(& I love those Waterhouse ripples) But that bloody moorhen!First -animated- emoticon :D 
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
What can you possibly have against moorhens?
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:iconircss:
IRCSS Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome O.O
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:iconjohnfboslet2001:
johnfboslet2001 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
paradise...heaven
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:iconking-hauken:
King-Hauken Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful, especially all the colors blended into the water.
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:icontedclaymore:
tedclaymore Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Beautiful work
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:iconartbrosean:
ArtbroSean Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's really well done. Very realistic.
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:iconkangtengri:
KangTengri Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013   Photographer
good work, nice mythological scene
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:iconvoblin:
Voblin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent!
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:iconeithie:
Eithie Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
It's incredibly beautiful, great work! :)
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:iconpearshapedtoad:
pearshapedtoad Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome
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faile35 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
I like the way you celebrate things. =) This is lovely, and I didn't know that bit about votive offerings in rivers. Very interesting, indeed. Is there some kind of "backhistory" to the Excalibur myth explaining who originally put it there, and why? I'll have to look that one up. Beautiful work!
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
I have no idea if there is a back story as to how a well known moistened bint came into possession of Excalibur... Thanks belatedly.
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CiLiNDr0 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Wow! Amazing work! Love it!

I was wandering if you could let me us this image for an Android game called "Kingdoms of Myth", it's turn based strategy game based on a fantasy World. You can find a little bit more info in this rough website made by my colleges [link] (Sorry for the bad English). Of course you will have full credits of your work and link to your webpage if you want :)

Lot of thanks for your time ;)
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Responded via note.
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:iconultimatede:
ultimatede Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
cool, i love the classic feel
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Roswell-Ivory Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Such a beautiful image- I love the reflections in the water!
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:iconodavis:
odavis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Amazing work!
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newboldworld Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Superb! :-)
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:iconmean-chic:
mean-chic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
beautiful
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tommyb709 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
nice
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:iconwestcoastspirits:
Westcoastspirits Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! Although I put it in my "Naiads" folder instead of my "Nymphs" folder, I hope you don't mind. Some things I like about this: the water is so reflective and you really put a lot of color from the rest of the painting into it. I also love the poses of the figures.
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Hello I featured your work at the :icondeviantartmermaids: journal! I hope it brings you new visitors and fans. Please consider :+fav: the article to help bring attention to the other artists featured by clicking this link: [link] thanks so much! :glomp: Thanks for your lovely contribution to mermaid and mermaid inspired art on DA!
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:iconmithrandir29:
Mithrandir29 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The sword looks like Glamdring ! Excellent
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
The one in the ref appears to be a replica of Glamdring. I changed it a bit giving it a straight-sided blade that is wider at the hilt, and a different pommel.
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Mithrandir29 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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:iconsabinzart:
Sabinzart Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very gorgeous ! :heart:
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:iconshadowyzman:
shadowyzman Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work mate!
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:iconchrispickman:
ChrisPickman Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Writer
Wonderful work, lovely!
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:iconaussiekiwi:
AussieKiwi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
this is well painted and interesting.
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:iconmayeaux:
Mayeaux Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Remarkable!
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:iconariesnamarie:
AriesNamarie Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous!
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:iconkurtzan:
Kurtzan Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi ! Your great work is featuring here : [link]
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:iconcrayonmaniac:
crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
whaw Dash! now that is art and so lovely waw
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
:)
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azurelacroix Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One minor suggestion. Not really a criticism, just something I've noticed in my own work. I have a tendency to render figures on a very straight vertical line, but I've been trying now to render them on a slight angle, or a curve, just because people so rarely stand so perfectly ramrod straight. I like the two on the right, there's some dynamism and movement there, but the girl on the far left looks a bit rigid. That and all three girls are on about the same height level, which makes it seem a little bit like a missed opportunity for a nice triangular frame. Okay, that was a criticism, but I like it otherwise. It's got a uniformity of colour choice and the figures don't look overpainted, and pop from the background nicely.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Thanks for that, I'll bear it in mind in the future.
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:iconazurelacroix:
azurelacroix Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, do, I'm sure I'll have more totally unqualified remarks to add.
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