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Watercolour. Inspired by the beautiful Zoe Jakes.

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Thank you for the DD! *___* this was really unexpected! Love you all :)
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A few words about this painting, since so many of you are asking me about the symbolic meaning.
As you may know, Yoni is one of the most primeval forms of the goddess. She represents the origin of life, the womb or "secred temple" in Hindu philosophy, the creative force of the Shakti/Devi. She's doing a "yoni mudra" with her hands (a symbolic hindu gesture that represents the woman's vulva and the primal female energies) and behind her you can see the moon phases which represent the female fertility. In this case the antlers contribute to convey the idea of the fertile uterus (just look at a picture representing the uterus, you can actually see the "horns"). Studying archaeology I noticed that from the neolithic period (and even before, if we think about the paintings in the Chauvet Cave in France - upper paleolithic) the female archetype is frequently associated with horns and bucraniums (Marija Gimbutas wrote an interesting essay about this).
And yes, it's very Mucha-ish! I love Mucha, I've visited his museum in Prague a few weeks ago and it was mesmerizing! : )
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Given 2013-04-10
Yoni by ~UnripeHamadryad

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:iconwaywardwillow:
waywardwillow Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, truly. Would you mind if I used this for a tattoo?
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Sure, no problem. Send me a pic of the final tattoo if you like, I'd love to see it! :)
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waywardwillow Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I most certainly will!  Thanks.
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LadyFaisca Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
I absolutely adore this painting. I love the way you have mixed mythology and symbolism with the influences of Mucha and your own style. I'm not a very active DA user, I came across your work through Tumblr but I wanted to log in just to tell you you have impressed me. Cheers talented lady!
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing those beautiful words! (: I'm glad you like my work! (:
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:iconthesakuradoll:
TheSakuraDoll Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is simply beautiful! 
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much! :D
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sub13mundo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Hello! I thought his work on tumblr and saw this link on Deviantart there too.
I'm passionate about his art! It's all very lovely!
Keep inspired and inspiring so many out there!
Kisses from Brazil!
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! (:
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LadyAzurFromAlkemya Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is beyond wonderful. Magnificent and very inspiring :heart:
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I see you're into tribal bellydance, so I get why you like it! (:
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LadyAzurFromAlkemya Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, you got me :)
But your art is gorgeous nonetheless.
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Sleeplessasylum Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! extremely beautiful and so intelligently pieced keep it up just loved this piece!
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! (:
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Stirro Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
You have Great gallery. Image like this has been haunting my mind for long time but Ive failed transferring it to paper. So thank You doing it! :)
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well thank you so much! (: Is really great hearing that! 
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SvalaW Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the vibrant red and brownish colours, they give this picture such a powerful, lively amotsphere. The details are breathtaking.
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
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dilunaintheattic Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   Digital Artist
stunning!
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
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:iconknottymorningwood:
KnottyMorningWood Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You do beautiful art!
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! ^^
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:iconknottymorningwood:
KnottyMorningWood Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are welcome!
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CaptainSpaz Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Your work is very beautiful and this piece really speaks to me. Is there any possibility you would be willing to sell it?
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! : ) I enabled the print here on DA, and you can also find it on society6.com/natasailincic
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Hecci666 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah. This is gorgeous!
I love the info, too!
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you do! and thanks ^^
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:iconhecci666:
Hecci666 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's awesome. :)
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BertaLlunetica Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student General Artist
nice and sexy yoni :) I like it!
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ;)
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HunddesKrieges Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love this! Absolutely stunning! She looks like a goddess, and the symmetry is perfect! Congrats! Hug 
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UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! <3
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HunddesKrieges Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No problem. It was very good. ^^
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ghostfist Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Just incredible
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:iconbrandon1920:
Brandon1920 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is truly amazing! You really deserved the DD. What a fabulous artist!
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:iconxxnamaste:
xXNamaste Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is soooo gorgeous, very powerful. <3
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! ^_^
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:iconliminalworks:
LiminalWorks Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Love this!
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! ^^
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zakiaybee122 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
great detail
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! ^^
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zakiaybee122 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
no problem
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zakiaybee122 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
no problem
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MissCaz Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous, looks so detailed but actually quite simple lines in close up. Brilliant use of shading
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! : )
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HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
fantastic work, beautiful design and details. congrats on the DD
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:iconunripehamadryad:
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!^^
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lavandulae Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
This is absolutely beautiful. I can't stop looking at it! Antlers are some of my favorite pieces in art, and I can't help but collect them. :) You are amazing.
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UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
and you're far to kind! :) Thank you<3
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Atlasavion Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
this is absolutely incredible and I adore this style of art! I love the detail and the rich colors and the Hindu symbolism ^^ you also exposed me to Mucha, who's art is just incredible so thank you for that too! :icongrin--plz:
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