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Beetle and the Lady's Slipper by opiumtraum Beetle and the Lady's Slipper by opiumtraum
orig 11X11"
mixed media: acrylic airbrush, color pencil, translucent paper & photo copy

got a beetle fixation for some reason...
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jeighdeigh Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The tones and textures here are rendered with complete grace and assurance.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Thank you (sorry for the delayed reply)
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jeighdeigh Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem, Evan. You are quite welcome.
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KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
These colors are luscious!
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Thank you (sorry for the ridiculously long delay ...sometimes things get past me)
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KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
Hey! The analogue world has a definite pull, we can’t be on here all the time! :happybounce: 
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello! I'm making a series of art videos about flowers, and I was wondering if I could include this piece in one of my videos. It would be set to an original classical-style composition (by me) about this flower. I'll be sure to credit you and link to your page if you say yes. Here's a link to see the kind of music it is: [link]
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
My personal tastes run to "darker" music...but so what?

The music at the link was beautiful & I'd be honored to have an image of mine included in your video...so yes- you have my permission to use "Beetle & the Lady's Slipper". Let me know when you post it?
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I certainly will let you know! Maybe you should check this song out too. It's one of my more experimental songs. I made all the art for the video in this one. [link]
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docdavis Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Hey, great composition! I dig your handling of mixed-media, beautiful.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Thank you very much. The positive feedback is much appreciated.
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w-p Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
interesting..
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tractern Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Your work is rather amazing! :)

These make me think of illustrations for Fairy Tales. ;)
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arterie Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional
nice style. . . . :thumbsup:
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
thank you very much
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Mythee Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a pretty beetle. : D
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ZannahQ Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Beetles AND orchids??? My two favorite things in a gorgeous piece of art. Ahhh.
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SanIakob Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Great that you have that fixation on beetles...they seem to have turned into your personal seal...I mean, the way you depict them is very personal.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Professional
Lady Slippers used to grow in the deep woods near my home growing up on the coast of Maine.They would come back every year in the same spot.I was sworn to secrecy as were all in my family about their location. Even though they are officially protected my parents felt it safer not to share,so no one would pick them.We would sometimes take a walk en masse to witness their beauty and explosive growth and bloom.This was how I was introduced to the natural environment,with a profound respect and responsibility,sometimes to the point of hiding from outsiders the location of treasures we loved.My father said the way to share them was through Art...That way people could share the beauty we enjoyed without endangering the living flora and fauna.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Yup...at some pont I decided hunting was cool under 3 conditions. 1. You intended to eat your kill. 2. You were doing your shooting with a camera. 3. To make it a "sport", hunt the animal on an equal basis- knives if you're hunting tigers, sharp sticks if you're hunting deer, maybe a dump truck if you're hunting rhinos...
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Jellaboom Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Wow...you got TALENT!! :clap:
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
thank you! so do you. I cant fave all the images...but I do apreciate them all. And I'm discovering that I'm waaay behind on comments on my art...
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JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Added you to my new feature [link]
Hope you don't mind (:
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Mind? I'm honored to be included & be among such outstanding company. Thank you.
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JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad, your piece adds a little much needed subtlety to the thing.
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Woomquip Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008   General Artist
exquisite detail and rendering, bravo.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
thank you!
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dangerkoma Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
This is a great piece - I know about Orchids - and that one is a Paphiopedilum - nice work...
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
Thank you. I know nothing about orchids except that I like them, and I've killed every orchid I've owned. They are better off if I appreciate them from a distance.
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TALONABRAXAS Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
isn that the yellow king beetle, kinda like against nature? haha anyway great picture...
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
Totally. I think. Did I draw a yellow king beetle?
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TALONABRAXAS Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
lol no I made that up, but still divine nevertheless!
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greghergert Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Evan powerful design yet naturalistic and so much detail for such a small painting.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
thank you very much
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LaughingScarab Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
Absolutely beautiful. More food for my unhealthy obsession with Coleoptera.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
ty...lol...obsessions can be good....
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FoxyDevonLady Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
This is lovely. It reminds me of those very old botany book illustrations...but with a touch of surreal...and an edge. :D
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
thank you. I love old botanical illustration (and some of the new stuff), and would be happy to be in that company. Surreal, uh, ness & edginess- icing on the cake!
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FoxyDevonLady Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
You're very welcome. :D
Yes I love those kind of illustrations too. Good stuff. :)
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JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations mate, this is very beautiful.
Love it's austerity.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
thank you...I have one or 2 more beetles in mind- & then hopefully they are out of my system- one I have the title to (the cart before the horse?), the other is just stretching? the imagery a little...
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Mirmy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Very nice work. I love the use of colour!
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barbarasobczynska Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
this is adorable, very un-organic as for a beetle i'd say, even though the shapes are perfectly organic:clap: but the composition, it gives lots of geometry to the whole thing :clap:
the paralism between the beetle and the orchid is visible yet subtle at the same time
oh, and orchids do have incredibly whimsical shapes and you captured it perfectly:clap:
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CLAWSWANS Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
beautiful looking work. oddly enough i can imagine the beetle to sound really loud if it was audibly heard.-Like some kind of acoustic generator. it has a very mechanical look and radioactive quality. Really loving the strong imagery.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
thank you...I seem to explore images obsessively, & for whatever reason, beetles are the obsession du jour. I think I have one or 2 more in mind...acoustic generator- very cool
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