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::the seconds of darkness:: by Birgit-Zartl-Art ::the seconds of darkness:: by Birgit-Zartl-Art
oil and graphite on paper.

b.zartl 2011

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Surrealisman Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Very good!
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Whiskei Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
How much would you charge for someone to use this as an album cover?
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll note you. :)
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ravenhollows Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Very well done
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:iconbirgit-zartl-art:
Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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:icondh6art:
dh6art Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
You have such interesting works in your gallery!
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:iconbirgit-zartl-art:
Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much :)
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Divine-Mania Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The lonesome bird. Poor widdle bird.
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:iconbirgit-zartl-art:
Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
he likes to be alone probably more than we know.
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:iconalbortu:
albortu Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
like it!;-)
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:iconbirgit-zartl-art:
Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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:iconclijoco:
clijoco Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Lovely work Birgit! Beautifully tonal. :rose:
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much Cliff! good to hear from you :hug:
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:iconclijoco:
clijoco Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
So many posts to get through etc.. and if you don't stay on top of it it spirals out of control :)
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconvouloir:
vouloir Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011   General Artist
this is lovely. :heart:
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:iconbirgit-zartl-art:
Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! :)
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Piarvi-Recherreen Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
feature : [link] :aww:
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:aww: :blowkiss:
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awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
I really like how you divided the four panels. Also, I like the texture, scribbles, and lights in the "non-focus" panels... Very interesting and moody work :heart:
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much. glad you like this piece :heart:
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awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
You're welcome! :)
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
This is great. I really like this.
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much :)
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kingwen Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional Artist
This one seems like such a departure from the rest of the series, but it also seems to be a natural progression (and a potentially optimistic one).

First: It's impossible not to notice the symbolism of the white cross, a squared SUN cross, which introduces an entirely new tone to the crow (which seems to be the conjunction of the circus and the house of corrections). Whereas the windows in those paintings were generally dark, this composition also presents a white window frame with the four paintings as the panes. The window "admits" light.

Second: The composition is in four quarters. If one reads the arrangement like a comic book (left to right, top to bottom), the story is optimistic, because it ends in light, paralleling the sun cross symbolism. (In some myths, the crow is the one who flew to the sun to bring fire to humans. A local one, from this region, is "The Rainbow Crow," which oddly enough is associated with the colors of a circus: [link])

But the title of the piece also suggests a clock (seconds), in which case one might read the panels clockwise, beginning with panel #2. That sequence gives more of a seasonal story that ends in darkness. It appears, at first, that the two readings contradict each other, but they actually complement each other. Both are about the return of the light (one being the archetypal story of the solstices and equinoxes and the other a narrative about emerging from darkness).

The crow is alone at the moment. What next?
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
many thanks for your indepth analysis. I particularly like the thought of reading the "panes" clockwise...that adds some new aspects to the painting I didn't see before.
I've read about the Crow in mythology (because I was thinking of getting a crow / raven tattoo :giggle:).

to me darkness is comforting and calming so I'm not afraid of the story's "end" being dark..it's a good thing to me, especially complementing the light.

well the crow is alone, yet not. it needs to travel (on its own).
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kingwen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Artist
In English, panes sounds like "pains" -- which coincidentally resonates with the piece. I'm guessing that in Europe, one of the prominent archetypes of the crow/raven is associated with Munin and Hugin -- the birds of Odin ONE EYE (as in one-eye-cat). Memory and Thought. (Perhaps the other raven has the eye/I?)

Also -- this might be of interest to you -- when a crow closes its eyes the world goes WHITE and not BLACK (at least according to Castaneda's Don Juan and from my experience).
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
ahh yes. pain-ting. haha! that always comes in mind when I feel blocked.

I've heard about Munin and Hugin but will look it up again.

really, I had no idea about the white world. really impressive what you know! :)
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nunheh Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Interesting. I often use water and the graphite lines of a drawing to suggest shade when I start applying paint
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
ahh yes!
I do like gaphite lines...even though I don't draw....
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nunheh Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
I should say before I paint. I take a brush wet with water and smoosh it in where there is shades and shadows, then let it dry. It mixes with the paint making prelimiary areas darker in flesh tones wherever it is.
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
oh i see...a good technique! it works well in your paintings :nod:
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nunheh Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
I'd like to think I invented it, but everything so far I think I invented somebody else has already done. Most people though will fix a drawing.
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
oh well...your do a great job :)
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thetoxiclizard Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011   Photographer
:clap:
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:aww:
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thetoxiclizard Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011   Photographer
:hug:
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GraySayell Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
brilliant!
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:aww: merci!
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
WOW love it! the whole composition is amazing! This may be one of your very best (up to now, that is)
Bravo!
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
many thanks Teresa! I'm pleased with it myself (and I am happy that no one sees the struggle I had with it in the beginning, haha) :hug:
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Dark-Abyss666 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
ah, back to your colour schemes eh? :D Wonderful work again :faint:
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
at the moment I am a sucker for black and white :D
thank you! :hug:
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Dark-Abyss666 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Oh yes of course, nothing is as powerful or beautiful as black and white and grey :D :D :D :D
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah! :D
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DocSonian Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
you take abstraction and move it into realism and then back to where you wonder how you did it
very nice quartet
really there are some surprising elements ion this one
each window is solid on it's own
and then they work so well as an animated still film


as some hippie said at Woodstock no doubt
Groovy!!!
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yes, I did that....funny how that is...and the process too....like i was lost in the first picture here and slowly found my way to the light. :D
and animated still film - ohhh I like that comparison.
thanks so much for your support Doc! :hug:
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DocSonian Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
yes....i can see that
but a successful exit you made
they do have a film still feel

keep on track of crowsong
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