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Pyrite Sun by balaa Pyrite Sun by balaa
Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.

-Hypatia of Alexandria, circa AD 350-415

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We have stood here once before, beneath the rising pyrite sun. Idled once we looked upon the light with awe but faltered we and failed ‘til darkness claimed our hearts for eons nigh. Yet hope remained, intrepid minds seeking through for light's salvation. Where ever the fool may not go, we stand here anew older and perchance wiser. The light is bold and cracks are worn in coats of moss. And we recall what once was lost, with weeping grace we brave her clandestine gaze to behold the starlight and beyond.
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A larger personal painting whose idea was seeded by a startling and random inspiration. :iconvantid: shared with me pictures of pyrite discs and I am not sure why in particular my fancy was so smitten by them but I decided to follow and see what story it would tell. It is interesting to tell that not all concepts start with a story as such, but as you create, the story seems to unravel before you. I think it is more exciting that way.

This painting was also a bit of a personal challenge in that I did not use any textures to help detail the rock surface. I guess I just wanted to see if I could do it and how long it would take. Well it took long enough but I am happy with the result!

Size: 5000x8000 at 300ppi
Time taken: Done over the course of a week
Prints: yes C: over yonder: [link] : Spira Mirabilis Store

Other places you can find me:
[link] : Tumblr for sketches and wip’s!
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EagleIronic Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014   General Artist
Fantastic, I absolutely love the opal. 
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Shembre Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
One of my favorites! :D :aww:
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ZombiePan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got this print at the FurCon in San Jose!! So pretty!
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HeatherSchoff Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist
so beautiful...
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student General Artist
This is gorgeous. The amount of detail is so amazing, and I love those eyes. Phenomenal work! :D
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JrGraphicsNL Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it!!
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BaneEden Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice :D
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist
WOW
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
You have been featured here. I hope that this is OK :love:
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Fullmoonstar Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
So now to this really brilliant picture here. I just love the way you did it and I also think that pyrite is a very interesting and just damn beautiful mineral. This picture is really meeting the beauty of it. Your pyrite sun in the background together with the wonderful lighteffects really give the picture a special look and feeling. The pyrite and the light around it are working as a impressive halo of the leopard and together witht he really nice and colorful lines and symbols on the rocks, which look bloody brilliant too, it gives the leopard some kind of godlike and very powerful appearance.
This is another damn wonderful piece of yours and I just love the whole composition and atmosphere of it. Well done again^^
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