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"Ouroboros" by Alison Smoot

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Without beginning and without end.  This is the Ouroboros, an immortal serpent forever consuming its own tail; not really a myth, but a symbol representing that which is eternal and ever renewing.   I’ve given it arms so that it can hold the earth in its constant orbit and a compass so that it will always know its way. 

I wanted to use the starkness of black and white to give a factual sense to the piece, as colors tend to distract at times. Fancifully, creatures of the water hold down the oceans, while creatures of the air hold up the sky, and the little dragons on the clock face stick their pointed tongues out in contempt of the time that they are made to guard. 

This is one of the most difficult and time consuming pictures that I’ve made.  It’s done in brushed China ink, with the aid of a quill pen for the finer details, and a great deal of coffee. My ultimate tribute to circles, I can’t even count them all. 8x10ish   

26 Jan 2012:-) Gabby Green
This looks very intricate and beautiful. Must have taken a long time.

:-) Alison Smoot replies: "Ta, and it did rather. 2"
22 Apr 2013:-) Bill Gage
Your focus and dedication paid off. This is really nice. For China ink, I am so intrigued and inspired by this technique.
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 • Created by: :-) Alison Smoot
 • Copyright: ©Alison Smoot. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Everything, And, Universe, The, Life, Time, Space, Clock, Phases, Moon, Trapped, Cycle, Perpetual
 • Categories: Demons, Imps, Devils, Beholders..., Dragons, Drakes, Wyverns, etc, Faery, Fay, Faeries, Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters, European Traditions, Mythology, Asian Traditions, Mythology, African Traditions, Mythology, Mermaids, Leviathans, Underwater Creatures, Celtic, Parody
 • Techniques: Black Ink
 • Submitted: 2011-11-28 10:55:40
 • Views: 1347
 • Resolution: 1475x1992

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