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Love Slowly Kills - oil painting by borda Love Slowly Kills - oil painting by borda
oil painting 53 x 45 cm
it's birth has a funny twisted story...I had received a message from MarkScheider, that has made a photo after one of my still life paintings, [link] .. I browse his deviation folder and I was really inspired by his pomegranate photo [link] so I came to paint this one...

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This is a perfect example of a hyperrealistic painting which isn't just a mechanical reproduction of a photo but rather has a strong concept. Particularly striking about the style is how much it reminds me of the Spanish still lifes from the 1600s while having a kind of new feeling to it - the merging of a heart and pomegranate and it surrealistic quality, the sticker on the bottle with the cute heart/skull sign. All in all, extremely impressive work. Quite warm and romantic while still telling a story - something which is very rare for the genre. If I had to come up with one thing to improve, it would be the texture of the heart - it looks a bit like plastic rather than havng an organic, bloody,wet texture like a real heart does - (trust me on this, I've actually held one in my hands, ha! ;))
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For me, the image of the pomegranate evokes the mythological tale of Persephone and Hades and the fatal seven seeds she partook of prior to her rescue from the Underworld, condemning her to be its queen for seven months of the year. When I look at this piece, I am reminded by the arrow piercing the pomegranate-heart of Eros' damning darts that caused Hades to fall irreversibly in love with Persephone. It is a relation that is rather forced on both ends: Hades trapped in love by the irresistible power of a god, Persephone confined by her own hunger, and the two irrevocably intertwined in this art. The bottle of poison(?) in the background seems slightly out of place, but can have a context as well; "love kills" in a sense that Persephone dies for seven months each year as a result of love, only to be revived. The image of the pomegranate as an anatomically correct heart is a striking one.

I apologize for not being able to give a critique that goes beyond the literary one. I'm afraid I have little credentials to provide better feedback.
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poisen2014 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
nice Clap 
HulderDo Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
carnival Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Astounding painting, technically brilliant!
Rayleighev Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool Cool.
KangTengri Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013   Photographer
perfect, just great work
Saddust Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Great ! I am not a specialist, but it seems to be a new concept of surrealism.
something-one Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
This is smart. Like,really smart. If you look at it from simbolical view. Fantastic job!
Jcat4ever2 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really, really great. I'm amazed.
getitgrl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
interesting how you meshed the concept of the heart and a pomagrante
6vivi6ana6 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your bottles are not straight. But everything else is perfect.
heartinart Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
iamthebloodyearth Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great concept and execution
beware-thejabberwock Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
this is AMAZING I love it so much :D If I could, I would have it up in my room
joshbryant Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
your pomegranate-heart is fantastic O_O
cheetahjammies Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Is that a pomegranate shaped like a heart? But still good.
70R4N Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: Greatly done! :clap: Bravo! :clap:
Angelov723 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
I love see the artwork of one person that was born to do it like u, congratulation mon ami! A apreciate your work.
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Love this!
GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your beautiful artwork was featured in my journal :aww:
You can take a look here :[link]
Haggis53 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Artist
Thats a pretty rotten pomegranate....
ishee Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
well I,m not a professional and not even close ,
but this is one of the most amazing and intriguing art
I have seen on deviantart
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I featured this deviation in my journal today --> [link]
ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
I've included this wonderful piece in my journal feature here: [link] :heart:
agre76 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wish to have album with Your art:)
theRealJohnnyCanuck Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
As Much as I detest still lifes you did an amazing job on this. nice work.
evolutionlab Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
kind of reminds me of Frieda Kahlo
samgreal Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Eugina's critique hits the mark with the arrow, but othervice it is impressive to the core. REALLY nice work my friend!
velvetclaim Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The worst is indeed that one remains alive, even as it slowly kills.
DarthSanchez Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing. Me Gusta
pandagog Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student General Artist
inspiration from inspiration, thats so cool
mariamism Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
awesome! The heart looks so much more real now. I think it really makes the piece amazing. Great work :)
TomKilbane Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome story!
AndyZuniga Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Man.. This is just Great!
Congratulations for your Creativity
MrJellyfish Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is very creative!
Aib-Alex Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Genial!!! :D
theloulagoon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Beautiful! The pomegranate reminds me of the myth of Hades and Persephone.
syarali00 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Big love for the creativity, i LOVE your imagination!!!!!!
richyystoned Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
PickleMittens Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
yes hi i am a little girl who is wondering if you used a pallet knife or a paint brush. i have done only one oil painting and i used a pallet knife. [link] please do reply. :) i love this.
borda Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
hi little girl, I use only brush, with the knife I cannot get enough control over the colour.
PickleMittens Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
oh thank you. :) do you just use it like any other paint?
Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once again an intelligent piece of work!
Lizagee Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
:D WOW thats so good
WendyLynn Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's beautiful, I love it!
Quilsnap Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012   General Artist
great work
Chlodulfa Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Euquina is right in everything in her critique. The chiaroscuro effect reminds me so strongly of the still life paintings of the 1600's and 1700's.
Barbareola Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Chilling and captivating. Just great!
emeraldgardensnail Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
does it have seeds or something
RobineSchelkens Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I study art history and did a lot of research on paintings like this from the 18th century and I must admit that your work gives me the same feeling those old painting give me. I love your work ! You have a great talent , keep up the good work.
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