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December 1, 2013
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The Wheel of Fortune by ObsidianSerpent The Wheel of Fortune by ObsidianSerpent
Acrylic on canvas board

Part of The Magician and the Hanged Man series

During the French revolution.  Magical manacles restrain them to prevent Merlin freeing them. (This experience led to Arthur's subconscious drive to learn escapology during the Victorian era)
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yesimafan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
omg I love it!  Missed this one on my Merlin art rounds somehow.  <333
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
So glad that you liked it, thank you.
royaltylover Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Your French Revolution paintings are marvelous.  I am fascinated by them and how you capture the graphic Reign of Terror in the background and those dreaded revolutionaries who love chopping off the heads of the aristocracy.  Your paintings bring out the hatred the revolutionaries had for the aristocrats.  I noticed that there is a lady on the scaffold who seems to be enjoying her job as well.  Looks like the two men are doomed.  
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Thank you very much.  I read all the Scarlet Pimpernel novels as a child and absolutely loved them.  I definitely wouldn't have wanted to live through that period, but as a subject for novels and paintings, it can provide a lot of ideas.

(Well, I'm hoping they get away...though of course, hardly anyone did.)
onceinmyheart Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW :O This is simply STUNNING!! The vibrant colours and I can almost hear the noise of the scene its incredible but their faces, wow, I can't stop staring, you have captured them perfectly they are Merlin and Arthur, I can look into their eyes and see them.  Amazing, as always :)
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Thank you so much for such a lovely comment.  (I would have replied sooner but Christmas is getting in the way.  :)   )
wonder-follows-me Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
I love that this experience caused his interest in escapology. You could make a e-book with the paintings and just include those little tidbits above each one. Everything in order and made even more effective. I wonder how Arthur came to be shackled too.

(Honestly, I wish I had the skill to bring your ideas to written life. All the potential angst and beautiousness gives me pangs. As you can tell.. I am conflicted. I'd like to attempt it but I'm afraid I won't do it justice. Assuming you'd ever want to give it a go. No pressure either way.)

What eras do you plan on painting? Will it continue until modern times?
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
That's a nice depends a lot on how many more I end up doing.

Actually, that's a very good point about why Arthur has a magical shackle on too.  They'd only have to put it on Merlin, Arthur could have a normal one...  Unless maybe, they know someone magical is going to try and help Merlin and Arthur escape...  Maybe Gaius never had to give up his magic in this life and is much more powerful than he was back in Camelot times...?

I can't remember what I've read of memory is absolutely TERRIBLE.  I'm sure I have though, could you remind me and send me something maybe?

I don't know what other eras they'll be in yet, and I haven't thought as far as the end, so I don't know where they'd end up.  Mind you, if I did end up working with someone writing the story, that leaves it nice and loose for them to take it where they want to as well.
wonder-follows-me Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Perhaps Arthur was desperate and tried to learn magic to help Merlin escape and someone caught him. Gaius might get to save the day. Or it could be Morgana (And maybe Gwen if she and Morgana have made amends) that helps them to try and make up for Camelot doins.

Is it bad that I'm kind of glad you don't remember what I've written?

I posted my beta'd fic last night. It's not one my favourites. I may rewrite it in the future but I just wanted to get something out there as the last time was over a year ago.… (Tagging for stories is so difficult. I had/have no idea what to properly classify that story as.)

I should probably email you something that I did show you before. Get you properly wary. ;) (I can see the end of your series being modern day with Merlin and Arthur showing up at your door. Comical happenings ensue and things end well although you may be traumatised forever. lmao I wouldn't do that to you but it does make me laugh.)

I watched Some Like It Hot the night before last and it reminded me of you as I remember you loving Tony Curtis.
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
I've been a bit snowed under with work and stuff, so I've only just had a chance to pop across and read your fic, AWWWWW, that was absolutely lovely.  I do hope you get into writing and write more stories.

Some like it hot is a classic film, brilliant!  Though I haven't seen it for a long time.   Yeah, I used to love Curtis, both he and Lemmon are genius in that film. 

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