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Warm night of august, four years ago, I was roller skating in my native town, but had to stop because the ground was covered by millions of those white butterflies, dying.

I started to think about their weird life. Short-living butterflies, born in the daylight of a beautiful summer morning, wasting a whole day flying around and playing with sun rays, then at dusk, falling down in the twilight of a street lamp to die on the floor... No wonder about the next day, no wonder about anything, just breathing light, getting drunk on air in a one-day life made of only pleasure.

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The making of this painting was much of an experiment. I started with a sketch on paper, that I transfered on canvas using paper masks, filled up the whole canvas using airbrushed acrylic paint (it took me about one week). But later I started to paint over with oil and brushes, and step by step covered almost the whole canvas with oil paint. Touching it up from time to time, it finally took me about 3 years to finish it!
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:iconrbow:
rbow Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Beautiful work!
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:iconmartholli:
martholli Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
show..;)
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:iconzak05:
Zak05 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic!!!!!!!
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etherealweave Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Your art is new to me, I couldnt dare to limit it to words.
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SarienFhaine Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
This is a beautiful painting :) But I also love the description/explanation beneath. I love words as much as i love art and i love the way you described the butterflies
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ultimatede Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
so sad. great piece! your gallery is fantastic
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meimei808 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing your experience in such a breathtaking way.
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:iconcirisart:
CirisART Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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koppaberg Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
I'm glad your painting is better than my typing - I meant to say during the day but was too busy looking at your painting to watch my keyboard :).
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koppaberg Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
It was certainly worth three years work to create such a remarkably beautiful painting. I'd love to see your vision of them during the say.
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salvatoregirl99 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student General Artist
THIS IS AMAZING!!! I love the colours and composition...
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smsuho Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
3 YEARS?! Thats a long time but i can understand my mom took almost 2 years to finish a painting once amazing as always
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ChimneyCraze Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student Artist
this is... absolutely. the most amazing painting ive ever seen, like the stuff that picasso does cant compare, i dont get how all those famous painters get famous by drawing 2 different lines and give it a name, and how your not amazingly famous, your paintings, and especially what you write with it is amazing :) i love how you made the white butterflies into people and how you can kind of see a little bit of sun and the moon, the contrasts the almost stone like butterfly people and how there are more flying into the light. :) i love it
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TehKatieMonster Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Aw.... I'm not crying I swear.

Where do the butterflies go after they die?
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Paintedingold Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic idea! and beautiful work
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ingvildnilsen Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconthumbsupplz:
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ingvildnilsen Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
BEAUTIFUL! :D
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SchizoFreya Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I love this piece, gives me many thoughts.
Mezmerizing and enchanting truly!

All of em r gr8 but this one captures me the most ;)
Keep up the wicked visual translations on canvas!

U truly rule!

\m/
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Bubbliegoodness Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a fantastic concept and the story behind it is wonderful
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ashtoledo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
this is incredible!
i am in such awe right now... outstanding
it took you 4 years??
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lao4zn Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
I absolutely love this piece.

Foremost, the curvature and sternness of the lamp post attempts to hold my gaze. But I escape it. There's more I wish to see and assimilate before it gains my reverence. I direct my eyes leftward and draw in the night sky. I notice the moon and its positive prominence, soothing as it illuminates the clouds and town below. It seems sentient, old, and wise as it observes another night of life and death. So it shines brightly as if to say "don't worry" to all who gaze upon it and to bring peace to all those beneath it. I direct my attention downward, while soaking in the green and orange aura. My eyes begin to pass the glowing buildings, the slumbering town, a bridge in the distance, and then the sidewalk. The crazy, bending sidewalk. It leads me to the beautiful, yet dying, butterflies. Do they know that they won't wake up tomorrow? If they did, would they care? I doubt it. They've had an amazing day of joy and excitement, it's time for an everlasting peaceful slumber. There's not a thing I would change about them by the way, they're absolutely gorgeous.

But that brings me to my conclusion, great job man. The details in your artwork are superb, and I envy your patience to work on such things for such a lengthy period of time. 3 years? dayummm

Also, the overall colors of this piece make me think of the cover for The Dark Side Of The Moon, which I happened to be listening to upon writing this. :P
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Sawitch Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
i love faries...this is one of my favorites plus plus :D
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Pipocajj Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student General Artist
amazing!
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Entula Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Oh.. my God... How old are you!? This is so stunning! Absolutely breath-taking!
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BIERNASIUK Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
wonderful
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toshi13go Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
brilliant
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NoctemArcanus Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing piece!! kind of makes me sad
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ItsAFreeWorld Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Haha, c'est le pont de pierre ą Bordeaux, j'en suis sūre!
J'aime beaucoup les couleurs.
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zancan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, pas vraiment, mais tu as raison, je m'en suis inspiré pour de vrai!
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LIGHTLOOKER Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC PIECE AND FANTASTIC IDEA!!!!I LOVE IT!!!!!!!
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willis11 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Incredible, love the writing that goes with it!
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laurabear Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
-sniffles- The poor dearies.
Its a great piece you've done here. But it's so sad.
I love fairies.
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DARKLiGHTPAiNTER Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
this is very interesting, and beautiful :) i love it
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UdonRanger Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautiful! I love the concept.
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EvyWolf133 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful!!
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sibethale Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The perspective is maddening and the whole meaning to it is absolutely breath-taking and beautiful
The greyness coveys the sinister of their death so well and the clouds and the stark white moon only add to it; I loved the play between white and grey and it's interesting how you made them all females. I'm curious about why that is but maybe it's a thing of gender
I also love how the houses in the distance seem to faintly cheer-up the picture but their colors also fade into a blur of shadows
beautiful beyond words~
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apumpkinbee Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i belive this is one of the best paintinings ive seen ever!
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:iconjetlevin:
jetlevin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
Beautiful and intriguing.
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Alexandra63 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work, uniquely talented!
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keyminor Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
How do you do this zancan? I'm back here today going through your gallery for the hundredth time. and i realized, while I've been here very often and left many comments about how beautiful your art is, I forgot to mention: you write beautifully. This painting is locked..that mature content thing..so I remember that the first thing I saw was the description. And it's so beautiful that I'd have loved the painting even if it was terrible. But of course it's never terrible :) Its beautiful.
Anyway, I'm finally getting a print of one of your paintings..Home and the Fairies. Its my favouritest piece on all of dA. Probably off dA too. I have been wanting a print for Ages! Thank you so much, for making so much breathtaking art. Can't wait to order the print!!

Ps- Sorry this comment is so long and pointless :|
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InTrepidONE Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
your a shroomer huh. Only an expanded mind can view life from such perspectives
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shanti666 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010   Digital Artist
wow it's awesome !!!!
the best in the genre i've seen so far !!!
felicitation monsieur !
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BastianGV Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Beautiful lights and inspired scene, I like very much. It penetrates in my subconscious. But, always they have to be beautiful?
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kjghluvr Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Student General Artist
when i first looked at this i thought of moths

this painting is breath taking
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krabatas Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
u are real artist, i love all your works :)
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KornVoodooDoll Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Student General Artist
This is amazing. I love the piece and the thought behind it. You are an amazing artist.
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ItsAFreeWorld Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
Like it.
(c'est ą Bordeaux? on dirait le pont de pierre.)
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FallenAngelle07 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love reading your descriptions on your paintings. Its really poetic and admirable. Reminds me of my own train of deep thoughts.
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Darkbear30 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. A really awesome piece of art.

Xxx
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beautifullybreezy22 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
O h my this is absolutly amazing!!!! I absolutly love it !
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