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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!
[link] : Twitter
[link] : Facebook: Works in progress, commercial, sketches, and more!
[link] : Online Store: Prints, originals, and more
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sernikb2 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
I saw someone wearing a t-shirt with this art when i was recently in germany .
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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  Professional Writer
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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:iconzaellrin:
Zaellrin Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
so beautiful...
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:iconkodaic:
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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:iconjrgraphicsnl:
JrGraphicsNL Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it!!
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:iconbaneeden:
BaneEden Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice :D
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:iconwolfofdesire:
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist
WOW
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:icontincek-marincek:
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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Felizis 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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VdaliUdosvnoehi Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Artist
Wow... I-I'm speachless!
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:iconterramoo:
Terramoo Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. This is just incredible.
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:iconradhikita:
Radhikita Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
This is an incredibly beautiful painting
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:iconlouinx:
Louinx Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The colours and the feline! <3
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:iconekaiaistari:
Ekaiaistari Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   Photographer
It's great in concept, story and realization. Beatiful work. :worship:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work! :)
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scarlet-pikachu Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
:wow: This is stunning!
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Evanscene Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing! Just can't stop looking at it.
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justplainfox Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is seriously one of my all-time favorite pieces of art I have seen on DA!! I'm in LOVE with this!! *stares at it endlessly*
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Fayzbub Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
And this. I have yet to find an artist who evokes the emotions quite like you can.
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:iconkiyreathel:
Kiyreathel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
crumpled by this majestic cat's look, I stand quietly, too afraid to move or breathe.

absolute love.
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:iconhunting-wolf:
Hunting-wolf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
WOW, this is so beautiful!
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:iconcrystalazure:
Crystalazure Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
..draws me in...
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:iconkara-kiwi:
Kara-Kiwi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning! The ground, the disc, the textures are all just amazingly done :nod:
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:iconmayzen:
Mayzen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how lovely and fascinating I love the color and detail; especially the big cat it is beautifully done. fav
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ViridRain Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
omg Gorgeous ! =O
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:iconjackxan:
JackXan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing Works, Make an Downloadable Version Original Size please.. for my wallpaper Desktop!
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:iconjackxan:
JackXan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing... upload please this work downloadable at original resolution, i'm make a wallpaper for my display!
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Jestana Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Your work is always gorgeous and this piece is no exception. *stares in awe*
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:icontrinitite:
Trinitite Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
The amount of detail is simply stunning!
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ValaQuendi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Very cool!
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:iconhalomoon:
halomoon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O3O ... so... so... Intense and cool!
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:iconoyokae:
Oyokae Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
WHAT ? It's amazing :D WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, etc.... Big talent wooow i like that :3
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ZombieQueen368 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
:iconamazedcatplz:
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Treyos Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Marvelous work! Would certainly look good on a wall, if I had the wallspace to put it. ;P
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:iconskitalets:
skitalets Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the mood )
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:icondustere:
Dustere Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So intense! I like it!
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Roy02 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice :)
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:iconmonoguru:
monoguru Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
so good!
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:iconudtheaesir:
UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Very cool!
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Hurricane-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Amazing! :)
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Anzoul Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, for this one, i don't have a word to describe...

I can see a feeling of angry on the jeopardy using his eyes like a reflector to transfer his angry. The blue marks on the background is like are made by himself, marking it as his. Also the red lightnings at the "floor" of the background as long with the log represents an event we made. That's why the jeopardy is angry.

The fact you didn't use any textures to help let me think you put all of your effort on this, and its a very good one, because the color palette was made very good, the shades and also the light aura around the jeopardy was very good, not to say the details, excellent.

I really like this one, I hope you keep it going like this, because paintings like this aren't usually seen on DA :3
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Pyro-Fiend Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful piece, stunning. :)
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Midnyghtfire99 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Just, wow. Words cannot even begin to describe how awesome this is... Wow. Job well done.
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XayKarasu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
this is so awesome <3
I really adore your skills ..
I wish I'll be that good one day (But I don't think so ..^^)
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Kishintora Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Digital Artist
Stunning work, i'm speechless !!!
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papaya-cat Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning !
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:iconrenkat:
Renkat Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really gorgeous work! :hug:
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Nightmare-Tamer Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Simply amazing! All the details, the expression and... everything. This is a very inspirational painting as well. Well done!
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