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Bei Nacht by Lyekka Bei Nacht by Lyekka
The scan really doesn't do this justice, first off. It shimmers and glows in real life.

To begin, "Bei Nacht" is German for "One Night".

This piece is a deeply personal piece involving some heavy pain and reconciliation in my own life. It was originally titled "Two Swords" in order to fit well with my tarot imagery, but the piece took a turn for the personal about halfway through my process. The result is one of the most beautiful and painful things I have ever created (in my opinion, of course)

This is a nightingale crying up to the violet sky, but no one can hear it. A malevolent black braided cord (one end cut) holds two bloodied needles, and forms an almost noose-like shape near the neck. Two blue/violet roses covered in thorns (which are also bloodied, this cannot be seen in the scan, sadly) flank its wings.

Scratchboard and heavy amounts of watercolor. No digital retouching; this is 100% traditional. The original is 10x16 inches with a small black border, but due to scanning constraints it is a little off that here.

120 hours.
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Given 2012-04-15
Bei Nacht by ~Lyekka ( Suggested by rioIu and Featured by deshrubber )
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Stygma Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here [link]
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Bleeding-Raindrops Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing, I absolutely love it
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Asfodelo Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Lovely, as always :heart: A very strong image, Lyekka
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Azzeria Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hello :wave:

Your beautiful work has gotten selected to our weekly traditional art poll (What goes into our feature folder. + the top 2 winners every week gets to participate in best of the month)
You can find the poll here: [link]

Have a wonderful day!

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High Quality Feminine Art
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CenixNova Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE THIS! :dummy:
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Emmaloag Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I want to tatto this... is perfect!
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MizzMelodyMarie Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really pretty :)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :)
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AmbreeChristineSkye Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Gorgeous!! That is seriously the only word I can find for this piece. Even without reading your Artist's note I could feel the Pain and resolution that sear through it. I love it!
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Purple. :dance:
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dancerh Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! That is all I can say...wow! :O
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synesthesiatic Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous. The pearlescent quality is just delicious. :+fav:
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Tanager Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is just gorgeous in every single way. I am speechless and moved.
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AdrianosArt Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is gorgeous, and well worth the effort. The personal story behind it makes it even more beautiful.
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Tsimmu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see the blood on the roses.
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Wildchild9 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Pure beauty. :heart:
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Kitten-Pie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow...this is so beautiful and sad...you can really feel the emotion coming from it...probably one of my favorite things that I've seen on here!
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chibi-demon-angel694 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! :wow:
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haruhilover Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
there are no words too describe this. beautiful is an understatement!
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pirostorm445 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
very beautiful...5 days full of patience..wow...
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Larkwing Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012   General Artist
This is really beautiful. I can see all the symbols-- it all ties together so well. Bah humbug to scanners, they hardly do any artwork justice. X3 It still looks amazing, though, especially for no retouching. I can see it just shining. Congrats on the DD, you definitely deserve it!
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TzilaRaviv Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012   Writer
No words. 'Except, this has to be one of my all time favorite pieces on here now.
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Phaedris Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Wow. :omg:

Wow :heart:

Wow :deviation:

Well-deserved DD :hug:
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meihua Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
You have been featured here :D
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ArthurPendderwen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
i saved my comment when i posted twice very positively about this nice pic here.

now, my comment doesn't appear anymore. if it was censored willfully by admins here, i would have to accuse this in court. see you there, in this case !
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What? I haven't deleted any comments. I don't know why your posts are getting removed.
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TheSeventhStorm Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This drawing is just so mesmerizing and stunning and beautiful and deep... I'm almost at a loss for words. I say the Daily Deviation doesn't do this pic justice. This needs a MONTHLY Deviation. That's how soul-capturingly lovely it is. I can't express how much I adore this. It was love (and a fave) at first sight. Many many kudos to you, Lyekka. Never stop creating masterpieces such as this.
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ArthurPendderwen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
hey by goth haha this is mega. HECATE CERIDWEN. PEACE. SHALOM. SALAAM. fCK alkaida, they are NOT islam. I am jewish --- and I think I would wanna be pagan. Paganini HAHA !!! i do play all instruments xept trumpets, i dont blow, wellsaid :)

art is the key to sMITE EVIL FASCISM. Art and the SWORD. !!!

!!! US 4 EFER !!! and EEEEEFER !!! ARTHUR !!! USA = ARTHUR
!!! KRYPERIA: LIBERATIO. LIBERATIO, FELICITAS !!! PER NOSTRUM ET PER MUNDAM !!!
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ArthurPendderwen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
this pic this painting is SO beautiful and LET NO ONE SAY IT WOULD BE "KITSH". THIS IS NAught ANY "KITSH" !!!!

It's simply AWFUL. positively so. PEACE in PURPLE. WOW.

DEEP PURPLE --- or "Die Purple" IN GERMAN, meaning: " THE PURPLE", a wrong misunderstanding for the rockband's name for a non-english speaking, non-hippiepast german, which nowadays, doesn't almost exist anymore, and happily so..... . ........ ....... you ALL know WHAT I MEAN. !!!!!!!!!! only 80 years twas ago.

SHALOM to this paintress or painter. COUNTESS respectively LORD. of the BRUSH. or the CRAYON. OVERDUKE of COLORS. OF MEANING. OF BEAUTY? YES. 101 %. What IS music, GOOD music, of what style ever, but I DO MEAN MORE classical or jazzy, romantic music, also that often sudo "patriotically" misinterpreted rather than only misunderstood old original song "And did those feet", or Rachmaninov or Van Halen, when he gets romantic, craving, longing, mourning, desparate, he lost a lotta friends there baby and now he aint talkin bout love yea we ALL understand and Halen LOVES ALL. HE IS LOVE !!!! So is this paintress or painter. Maybe more a paintress. It's surely a SHE who painted that. MUST be. This pic is like a female Canabis plant. BEAUTY ITSELF. Often CORRUPTED by OTHERS. but ART is INTEGER. This pic is NOT unpolitical. NOT AT ALL, and GOODLY SO !!!! ONE MESSAGE: STOP VIOLENCE. STOP WANTON MURDER AND TORTURE. STOP UNRIGHTFUL OPRESSION and DISCRIMINATION !!! Thx all.
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StarrBryte Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing this. It makes my heart ache.

It's so beautiful and painful!
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JenniferMulkerrin Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
wow
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Ghost-Apple Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
This is beautiful, it creates a powerful feeling and emotions in one. Beautiful image, thank you for sharing! :)
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themysticalmediator Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A little heart in your art is always the way to go~! It's tiring, but so many beautiful and moving things result. I'm sure it looks even more fantastic in person. It's nice to think about how it's so much deeper than just a pretty picture, but has some thought of real feelings and events behind it. :heart: I feel you, art can hurt so bad, but feel so good. That's the way many wonderful things in life are, and I just can't picture life without them. :blackrose: A DD well deserved! :)
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Darkendrama Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Beautiful
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abiparmenter Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
wow this is incredible! really caught my eye from the thumbnail, such beautiful work! :love:
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CoralineUchiha Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this picture. It is beautiful and I can see the time and effort you put in this. It is a truly original and magnificent piece.
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Hogwarts-Girls Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Awesome :squee:
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Imperfected-Wisdom Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand first hand the power of art therapy as it's my only release many times, and there's something cleansing that takes place after putting so much time and effort, things that can't be taken back, into something so personal. That you'd put 120 hours into something like this marks it as a masterpiece. I feel sorry for your hands after all that time. It is well worth the DD. :tighthug: Wonderful.
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't work any other way, but it is indeed worth it. Thank you. :)
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Imperfected-Wisdom Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is understandable. Take into coonsideration Beethoven who was physically abused through his childhood and used that pain his father delievered, the tragedy of his love lost and deaftness as (theraputic) inspiration for the great pieces he's renouned for 200 years after his death. :) I sort of see it as the laws of equivillant exchange. In exchange the amount of time lost to suffering, you create something from that sacrifice of time.

That, or I'm just a philosophical nutcase. ;)
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HeartsxxEmma Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
WOW! This is SO pretty!!
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
:w00t: YES. YES. YES. So glad to see this today - congrats!
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw man thanks! This piece took way too long and was sort of killing me at its end. I'm glad that it turned out so well.
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NSNforever Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
This caught my eye, well done:3
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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NSNforever Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
anytime, i think anyone with a talent like yours deserves attention^-^
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Pentacle5 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
lol I faved it and then unfaved it so I could fav it again! :D
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Pentacle5 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Welcome!
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