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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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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   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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