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JDGr Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017   Traditional Artist
Bosch would love this, i think!
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GersifGalsana Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Professional Writer
This is incredible. Personally, I see it as a critique as well as a reference. A step along the way from Bosch. The natural world in your painting is what is eerie and the human element its usual self, sustained by its idiot curiosity and inability to comprehend the context in which it exists. For me, in your painting, Nature observes as well as being made the subject of abuse. Humans continue to be ridiculous, abusive and ignorant whilst retaining a pose of elegance and progress. For me, it is an image of the circular argument in which humanity has entrapped itself and much of Nature.

A breathtaking, and diligent, rendition.
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flamidus Featured By Owner Edited May 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much for your interpretation :) I was thinking more or nature and humanity as having a common destiny. In the bottom left, the woman gives birth to a dead baby, strangled by his own umbilical cord. The man in front of her points toward the left part. There, a man is being swallowed head first, but while he experiences death, he lifts a pocket watch, questioning about the nature of time; is the conception of past and future an illusion, does time continue after consciousness? In the middle bottom, humans are observing a fruit-bodied doe. That's where they realize that their flesh may be a burden to them, and try to organize around ideas and abstractions, led by the fear of death. In the upper part, humans are being born from animals and from fruits, and they revolve around the melting hourglass, celebrating the fleeting and deeply mysterious nature of life. 
So it can be seen as an depiction of mankind; while we are one with nature in our composition, we are haunted with ideas that only us have access to, and that neither us or anything can fully understand.
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GersifGalsana Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Professional Writer
I can see this now you have mentioned it. I think the viewer will be influenced by the way the world seems to them today, the way, perhaps, Bosch felt when he did his paintings, which are very disturbing and critical, but have an overarching religious didactic of the times that no painter dared to transgress or he would be unlikely to be asked to do another commission, at the very least. They hid some things, like the cathedral sculptors, in their depictions.

In our time, I saw in your painting, the world of Nature as still separated from the human consciousness and by the same errors of judgement humans tend to make. Death we do not understand, whereas death has been accepted by Nature. Why we are here and what we ought to do about our consciousness of time and place is, to me, what motivates this strange attempt we make at integration with Nature that cannot succeed because we haven't accepted our inclusion as part of Nature in our post-religious conversion to monotheistic belief systems.

I think your painting would invoke a lot of different opinions in viewers but the prevailing concern that humanity has somehow lost its direction and its place might come out quite strongly as we sink further into the conundrum of who we are and can't find a way to take Nature with us. We are in love with Androids now, instead. I don't know why we can't but I suspect that religions have given us what Paganism did not ask us to accept. Post-pagan religion has asked, and often demanded, humanity to be something outside of Nature whilst still existing in it. As this is impossible in our dimension, I think we suffer the constant inability to match ourselves to Nature. Your painting makes me think of how strongly this affects us, compared, for example, with the rabbits gazing at the pond feature. They seem somehow unaffected by the people riding the swans. The birds that look out of the scene at us here and there seem to be asking what this spectacle of disorientation might be that has emerged in the middle of their once connected universe.

One could spend hours dissecting your painting and discussing it. It's amazing.
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flamidus Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes i agree that the dissociation of man and nature can be seen in this, and it is actually an underlying theme in many of my paintings. My art in general always oscillated on a pendulum between natural and artificial world. While i have been trying to find a single orientation for what i create, i can't help but make pieces of either natural or artificial themes, having trouble to find the middle. I guess it is part of the human condition of our time, which you described so well. It can also seem obvious on another painting, pathology of pride. Anyways, thanks for taking the time to write to me, i do appreciate it. :)
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:icongersifgalsana:
GersifGalsana Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Professional Writer
You're welcome :)
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Anton-Constantin Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah, this is awesome. I wish I could do stuff like this... 
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:iconflamidus:
flamidus Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you :) i would love to see a painting version of your giraffe. This one took me about a year
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Anton-Constantin Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I imagined that it would take that long. It's amazing... :) 
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offermoord Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017
Featured in this month's Journal :iconthe-freek-show:
FREEK-SHOW-FEATURE # 75
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duatdeor Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
bosch garden of delight
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:iconflamidus:
flamidus Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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TonyFitzLBU Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great, but i would at least note it is a homage.
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flamidus Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is no homage, it is a reference
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TonyFitzLBU Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
cool, i would state as much.
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:iconflamidus:
flamidus Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For many other paintings I noted the reference to Bosch but for this one i dont feel like it, because anyone who knows bosch will get it and for the others, i dont feel the need to educate deviantart's kawaii community
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TonyFitzLBU Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
cool. goodluck
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Fractalvision Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent!
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flamidus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Professional
sweet job
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:iconflamidus:
flamidus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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TheMeanderingArtist Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah! outstanding work!
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:iconflamidus:
flamidus Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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Emeowrald Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
I see a bit of Dali in this. 
It's like a study in psyxho-sexual teratology. 
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flamidus Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes the melting hourglass was inspired by dali's watches. teratology? that's specific :p
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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
Incredible, is hardly enough to say about this piece.
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:iconflamidus:
flamidus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a lot :)
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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
My pleasure.
Thanks for sharing this marvelous painting.
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Bernardumaine Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice tribute  to Bosch !!!
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KwasiRa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
my awe is struck
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flamidus Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hah. thanks
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Arningkingking Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
amazing detail and color, I'd look at it for hours :)
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:iconflamidus:
flamidus Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks. take a minute
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CommuMist Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting and well painted. I really like the people cocoons. The gentle colours make it seem sort of creepy.
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flamidus Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! i'm actually surprised you think it's creepy, I think it's one of my "peaceful" ones :p
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Comeclarity1982 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
Bosch would squint suspiciously at this :) (Smile) 
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flamidus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what an observer
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