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FRAGILE - Handle With Care by borda FRAGILE - Handle With Care by borda
oil on canvas 37 x 33 cm
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:iconjjneeps:
If you have ever been in love, or even quite smitten, this piece is so "heart-wrenchingly" relatable.

The Heart; Having been violently pierced with cupids' arrow, it slices in two despite the obvious warning "fragile". Cupid doesn't care.

I enjoy the fact that perhaps a fruit was referenced for this, I feel like if the metaphoric heart had a flavour, it'd be cherry or maybe even citrus. Showing a heart can be sweet but can also quickly turn bitter. The bright red and plain background, an interesting contrast.

So many ideas and themes wrapped in this one piece. I also enjoy that one sliver of heart, it looks like a rose petal. Hearts can be delicate as a flower and need to be treated with care.

One wonders if this heart can be repaired, or is it too late?
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:iconstellartcorsica:
stellartcorsica Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
stunning!
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:iconderwalzer:
DerWalzer Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Amazing!
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:iconpisspaddywack:
Pisspaddywack Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
This heart was first pierced by Cupids arrow and now someone has broken it.
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:iconjamiewilly:
jamiewilly Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Unfortunately the majority of us, at one time or another know exactly how this feels. For me this conveys the intense agony which accompanies such emotional trauma.
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:iconvaryz:
Varyz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
I was thinking about that just 2 days ago! Why people don't paint real heart :) Thank you, at least I know how it looks when it's finished.
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:iconbipolarbearinthere:
bipolarbearinthere Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
<3 
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:iconalexialougiaki:
AlexiaLougiaki Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Very nice artwork!!Really true meaning!Clap 
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:iconnoxidron:
NoXiDroN Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
that I feel now :(
amaizing art :clap:
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:iconsinfulndelicious:
sinfulndelicious Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
THIS IS STUNNING BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF ART THANK YOU FOR SHARING XX
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:iconlaedyrose:
LaedyRose Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Detailed, realistic, and visceral.  If I think about it too much, my heart will hurt.
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:iconcoloredinlove:
COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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:iconscarletspark:
ScarletSpark Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
superb
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:iconomnicogito:
Omnicogito Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A true artist.
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:iconfrodoprime:
FrodoPrime Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
what a powerful interpretation of heart break
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:iconfrodoprime:
FrodoPrime Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
reminded me of the Billy Joel song - and so it goes - [link]
In every heart there is a room
a sanctuary safe and strong
to heal the wounds from lovers past
until a new one comes along

I spoke to you in cautious tones
you answered me with no pretense
and still I feel I said too much
my silence is my self defense

And every time I've held a rose
it seems I only felt the thorns
and so it goes, and so it goes,
and so will you soon I suppose

But if my silence made you leave
then that would be my worst mistake
so I will share this room with you
and you can have this heart to break

And this is why my eyes are closed
it's just as well for all I've seen
and so it goes, and so it goes,
and you're the only one who knows

So I will choose to be with you
that's if the choice were mine to make
but you can make decisions too
and you can have this heart to break

And so it goes, and so it goes,
and you're the only one who knows.
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ScottEllington Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Heartichoke
What seemed like the dreaded end of life turned out to be just another exit interview;
a debriefing in which they cut your heart out, half it, and drive an arrow through the larger part.
Layered, like an artichoke, somehow, one survives without an exit wound,
whether or not survival's what one wanted.
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:iconetshadow:
EtShadow Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Superb!
:heart:
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:icontefian:
Tefian Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:'D exetremily beautifull :iconclapplz:
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:iconmoeenn:
moeenn Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Perfect
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:icontzighy:
tzighy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I like this a lot, although it shattering into 5 pieces instead of 3 would have made this gorgeous to my eyes
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:iconguinavere2012:
Guinavere2012 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
soooo beautiful, I really am blown away
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:icongothfoxgirl:
Gothfoxgirl Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
That has happened to me but the out come was so much worse and that is part of the reason y most my life is a black hole
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:iconvesperwinchester:
VesperWinchester Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student General Artist
All life is fragile - not just hearts and romance. And life is brutal. Once the blow has been dealt... you can't put an egg back together once you crack the shell, can you? A previous comment compares the small sliver to a rose petal; when I first glance at this picture I always see it as a feather. Anyway, a GREAT painting.
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JoeCorreia Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
We all have one of these on our past!!!!
Awesome concept and brilliant execution!!!!
Can't wait until see where you go with it!!!!
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:iconmdthorn:
mdthorn Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
"SHOT THROUGH THE HEART"
sorry had to
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:iconscorchyz:
Scorchyz Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous <3
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:iconvluekisses:
Vluekisses Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i dont care! i love it!
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:icontarabell01:
TaraBell01 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how you got the anatomy right! That's what makes this piece really interesting!
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:iconminzile:
Minzile Featured By Owner May 30, 2013   General Artist
cut right before the bloom. you're so cruel. and it's great to see a painting of yours again. :D
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:iconcrypticdog:
CrypticDog Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Shot through the heart! :D
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:iconxaldorn:
xaldorn Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
hah! thats what i was going to say! XD
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:iconcrypticdog:
CrypticDog Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Can't go wrong with Bon Jovi.
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:iconxaldorn:
xaldorn Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
i hear that.
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:iconemilyuniqueworks:
emilyuniqueworks Featured By Owner May 30, 2013   General Artist
love how real this looks - love the lighting job! I like how you didn't stick with a whole heart with one arrow in the middle, you made it more gruesome with the heart being cut open.
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:iconparanoid-queen:
paranoid-queen Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
powerful
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:iconmellypooky:
MellyPooky Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brutal :D
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:iconxxblackxdirtyxsoulxx:
xXblackxdirtyxsoulxx Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
So much emotion.
Good job! 。*:★(´・ω・人・ω・`)。:゜★。
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:iconyaxoi:
Yaxoi Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
looks tasty
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:iconxenaris:
Xenaris Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
The gory appearance is an interesting contrast to the "fragile" warning.
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LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Ouch!!!
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:icondeanski:
Deanski Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work never ceases to amaze me. Thank you so much for sharing :)
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:iconmossyhairundys:
mossyhairundys Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
I feel like eating some chicken hearts now...
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:iconashes-dust:
Ashes-Dust Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just wow...speechless...though I know the heart is just a blood bomb (that makes sense in spanish) this is truly romantic!
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:iconborda:
borda Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
heh, I started a painting like that, but didn't finish it yet - a heart like a ticking clock on a pile of dynamite :D
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:iconvesperwinchester:
VesperWinchester Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Do it!
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:iconashwinmathuria:
AshwinMathuria Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mind Blowing (rather heart blowing :D)!!!!! :clap:
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:iconborda:
borda Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
need to paint that as well :D
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