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36 x 18 inch oil on canvas - this was a commission  .....  not my choice of subject matter.... but the customer was very happy with the result.  Excuse the quality of image, it is a scan of the photo of the painting.


HELP NEEDED ... I am looking for a better title, I did have "The Grim Reaper" ,  "Surrender" (because of the expression on woman's face and the passive pose) but if you have any suggestions it would be appreciated. :heart: 

maybe............  ** Netherworld Emissary **......Angel of Dark and Light....Angel of the Abyss .....

Decided to go back to my ** SURRENDER ** title




Grim by vegitapion    Dont-forget-to-Live by KmyGraphic
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The worst reaction you can have as an artist is for a piece to be passed over, and that is not the case with this painting. I appreciate the subject matter, even while it is a commission as I over-read, but what I appreciate more is that is it executed with care to details. I do think there are some minor issues with the woman's face and death's arm next to it, but the shape and rendering of the rest of her body is nicely done. The negative space on the bottom left could use something more as well, or perhaps the rock could use some darker values to help fall back into the darkness, so it's not such a stark jump. Overall I enjoy your piece, keep up the good work!
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nilescclover Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
love it.



sharp knife
up against her neck the
reaper had but
reacting she did not
even though she might die
not many would
do that what an
extraordinary woman
reckon she's a witch......................
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016
thankyou, LOVE the poetry and interpretation, you have a gift with words :iconshinyheartplz:
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moonwolf17 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
The face of death is intriguing. It looks almost as though he has 'human' eyes behind the skull. Interesting =] 
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
it took ages to work how I was going to deal with the "Face of Death" :iconskullplz:
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
beautiful
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
Thank You - Free to use by Undead-Academy
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful!! :clap:!
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
Thank You - Free to use by Undead-Academy
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ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
 I don't find any title but I like a lot the painting!
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
Thank You - Free to use by Undead-Academy
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lemgras330 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always love your kitties. :nod: But this piece is very interesting....

Perhaps a case of opposites attracting(?) There's darkness surrounding him, and she is bathing in the light. Look at her expression and the way she grabs his arm as if wanting it around her, Nice work! :heart: She likes the strong silent type! :giggle:
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
love your interpretation Goood Job!! by LOVEMAYU :giggle:   The title : "Angel of Dark and Light " would fit that interpretation.   
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lemgras330 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yaay!! :happybounce: Just ignore those negative comments Astrid! :heart:

Art is meant to be interpreted in many different ways! :nod:
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
A fantastic painting!!...That is such a beautiful figure!!!!!,,,,So much feeling is apparent in her stance!!!....Realisation of death...and giving up your life.....succumbing to the inevitable.....!!!Wow!....What a commision!!!
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"The Inevitable"""Into the Afterworld""Neverlasting life"After thoughts"or just"Angel of Death"...I like your"Surrender"
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
thankyou very much, it is a confronting painting. The person whom commissioned had an old sepia photograph that was very deteriorated, lot of sections missing due to decay, so it was quite a challenge.  I painted it some time and came across the photos of the painting.  Slightly different to my kitties. :kitty:

I did have "Surrender" but I received a negative comment about that ( in comments, please read and checkout site).  Does it send the wrong message? (ie suicide) That's why I have changed it from "The Grim Reaper" to "Surrender" then to "The Dance of Death"  personally I like Surrender too, but maybe you need to be older to understand that.  When I submitted I ticked mature, strict content. I do like " Neverlasting Life "...quite clever, and  "Into the Afterworld" .    I would call it "Surrender" on another site. (adults)


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TriciaS Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
People are so funny.....As you said if you are a bit older you do view things a bit differently!!!
Just love the figure you did!!!!!So beautiful!!!.......I too like "Surrender"

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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
I think I will change it back, just had a wonderful comment from :iconlemgrass330:  its worth reading,  amusing. getting different reactions which is interesting. :icondedplz::heart:
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
I'll pop over and look!!!My internet is terrible at the moment ...Just goes on and off at will!!!....Glad you changed it!!!
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JakeMasterr Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I might just flag this as not suitable for DeviantArt
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
I apologise if I have offended you.
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JakeMasterr Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I accept your apology
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
Have-a-nice-day by vafiehya
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JakeMasterr Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know I have to take what I said back! Your art is pretty amazing
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016
Thank You by KmyGraphic
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JakeMasterr Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why thank you!
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ImaginationStudio Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Worth a peek. The commissioner must be using this as a metaphor.
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
Thankyou, yes I wonder what for.   :iconquestionmarkplz:
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ImaginationStudio Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Kinda like saying beauty is a temporary thing I think.
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
that is another wonderful interpretation. :iconthumbsupplz:
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ImaginationStudio Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Maybe. I really like it because of symbolism.
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
Like by KmyGraphic
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Alfreddd95 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
good job !
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
thankyou :iconflyingheartsplz:
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MARCO-E Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
Awesome work
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
ThankUVeryMuch by JacqChristiaan
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MARCO-E Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
My pleasure!
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