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The Mistletoe Prince by ObsidianSerpent The Mistletoe Prince by ObsidianSerpent
Acrylic on canvas board.

The blurb beneath the previous painting (Consultation) explains what project this was created for, (The sequel to the story "Light of Arthur" by the amazing Venivincere), so I won't repeat it all here.)

This painting is a companion piece to my painting of Arthur as the Oak King.
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The idea is that Arthur is the Oak King, and when he takes Merlin as his consort, Merlin becomes the Mistletoe Prince.

It's said that Mistletoe was sacred for the druids. It only grows in apple or oak trees. (There's a whole fertility symbolism attached to it...mainly because the translucent white berries resemble semen, which is why we kiss under it now.)

A little bit appropriate for the season what with the mistletoe and all, so I shall wish everyone a happy Christmas, or Yule, or whatever you happen to celebrate.
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redsailor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness, I didn't know that about mistletoe before. *falls over laughing* Society is odd indeed. I love the Celtic knotwork in your pieces. As always, love the lighting!
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Gotta love the old religions, it's often all about sex.  :)

Thank you very much.  I love paintings with interesting light.  Some day I'm gonna try a rainy night scene.  I haven't yet, but I love that sort of atmosphere and lighting.  Hard to paint though.
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Myristica19 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Again, if ever you have prints made of these please keep me in mind. I would love to collect all of your work. They are truly great inspirations for stories. :)
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thank you so much. At the moment I don't have any plans to sell them as prints.

But I deliberately don't watermark anything. So that if anyone wants to print anything off then hopefully they can print themselves off a decent copy.
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Guienvere137 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely...
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Thank you very much.
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cakelady1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Yes! Love it!
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Thank you! :)
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EndlessDrama Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Beautiful work :aww:
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ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Thank you very much. (This one is one of my favourites, I must admit.)
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