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Old Dutch Painting by Celairen Old Dutch Painting by Celairen
This is my early birthday gift for :iconj-u-d-a-s:. Happy Birthday, dear! I hope, you will like it :heart:

I've always been fascinated by the paintings of the old dutch masters. Their themes of death and decay they roomed in very harmless settings like scenerys of people sitting in the kitchen by the meal, sleeping over work or just the still lifes are so full of symbols for death and sex.
I try to make a modern, gothic version of it. The oil paint isn't dutch, but french. It's from the time of french realism, just before the impressionism cames to France.

The painting on the wall is 'Die Schlafende Spinnerin', 1853, oil on canvas, 91x 115 cm, Montpellier, Museé Fabre.

background: [link]


fruit bowl: [link]


hair dress:[link]


model: © J.Sommer


All the rest is painted by me using PS CS5 and Wacom Bamboo.
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This artist has taken something old and made it her own. The bowed head, the raised boot to lean her elbow on. The scene is set perfectly with the portrait in the background. The artist has gone to extremes to give it an old authenticity with a Gothic twist. You really have to look, to catch the nuances that set this piece apart, from a normal portrait. She is slightly framed by the picture behind her and the bowl of fruit that seems to be found in a lot of old paintings. What you will not find in old portraits is a skull that looks to be holding a black bird. It is a remarkable work of art from the black veil on her head to the portrait behind her, it has such a good quality in paying homage to something old, by adding something new. What an original way of doing a portrait, I think the artist was masterful in the fact of not going overboard with the look of today.
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Chrisma60 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing manip!! Great job!!
FrankAndCarySTOCK Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Faboulous creation!!.
Lhianne Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Wooow, Anna, das ist super toll, wunderschöne Idee und Arbeit :clap:
Villenueve Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb work dear Anna!,excellent gift for our dearest friend Paul!:rose:
Bergkristalle Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful work Anna! :clap:
DominiqueDuong Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, this is a lovely setup. I really like how you've used the lighting with a strong contast between light and shadows, especially where her skin's concerned, it makes her really stand out. The darker tones, the old painting and her costume give this a really Gothic feel ^^
PerlaMarina Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work!:heart:
deaths-orchid Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gefällt mir echt gut, schöne Stimmung und tolle Farbkombinationen :)
sternenfee59 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: sweetie:wow: I love it very well done :heart: stunning work :heart:
Celairen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, dear! :huggle: It means a lot to me
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