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Oil on canvas. 18"x24".

A larger more detailed version of my previous tiny 5"x7" "Moonchild" painting which wasn't photographed very well, either.

Inspired by the song of the same title by King Crimson.
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:iconlunnika-horo:
Lunnika-Horo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Professional Photographer
Beautiful!
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. This is one of my own personal favorites, as well.
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:iconhaneen-lady-in-black:
this is very beautiful  good  work
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I'm pleased you like it.
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:iconannariart:
AnnaRIART Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks like it's from a fairytale.
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The song it was inspired by has a sort of ancient fairy tale tone to it.
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:iconrichwalker:
RichWalker Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
I can see why this particular piece has had so many comments and views, It's wonderfully composed and like many of your other pieces there is a lot of detail and ideas to digest.  The delicateness of the webs and the water that cascades off the water fountain into those beautifully reflective pools are wonderful.  I really love this.
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. The better the song, the more it inspires me.
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:iconkainmorgenmeer:
KainMorgenmeer Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so unbelievable good *____*
One day I want to reach this level of skills
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. As long as you have the desire I'm sure you will reach the level you want.
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:iconfairychamber:
fairychamber Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh.. this is very beautiful. Serene and mysterious athmosphere.
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! This is one of my more commented on paintings.
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:iconceluthien:
Celuthien Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy damn, did you PAINT this??? It's so good, just ... wow :o (Eek) 

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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I spend quite a bit of time on them and use small brushes. It usually takes me about a month to create one of my paintings.
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:iconceluthien:
Celuthien Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It takes me more than a month to create one of mine, too, but it doesn't come out half as good as yours, haha! 
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:iconcelartworks:
Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful use of light!
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I like the play between light and mist.
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:iconguinever87:
guinever87 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
wow, from where do you get so much fantasy that you can paint such a work with so many details? I simply love it!! :D
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm a surrealist by nature but I love landscape painting as well. I especially like depicting the seasons.
 I go back and forth between both worlds.
 Plus, the more I paint the better at it I get. I'm getting more patient and willing to put more time and concentration into each painting.
My love of music helps, too.
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BlossomBrooks Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your work! This is just magical, the luminescence on the sleeve is stunning. 
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. Originally, I was just going to have the 'moonchild' dancing or strolling along but by fortunate circumstance I happened upon this old copy I made a long time ago from some obscure photo. It was a perfect foil for the moon illuminating her garment.
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:iconamandapalmerart:
Amandapalmerart Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful and atmospheric.
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconkia-13-7:
KIA-13-7 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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KIA-13-7 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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Kineil-Wicks Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Oooh....I love all those little spider-webs, and how you've done the moon and its light. Very pretty and blue, and I love the various birds you've included...and the whole thing.
Excellent work! :)
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. This is one of my more popular paintings. I had a clear image/idea in my head as to what the painting would look like ahead of time. Others are more spontaneous.
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:iconnjada:
NJada Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful and certainly goes with the song. I love the colors. Blue is my favorite color and it looks like the perfect escapism to me.
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Blue is my favorite color, too.
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:icondreamweaver222:
DreamWeaver222 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi James,

We are very proud to present to Moon child 2 the Award Central's Award of Excellence for its outstanding artistic merits in the Category of Fantasy.

Please go to the following [link] to view and pick up your award. A copy of this deviation is now permanently displayed in our Fantasy Gallery of Excellence.

Congratulations James
from all of us at Award Central :)
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm flattered and most appreciative.
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DreamWeaver222 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your very welcome James, This is really beautiful. I love the color palette you used in it. It is very magical and stunning!!.
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:iconi-am-who-iam:
i-am-who-iam Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
sspiritual!
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.
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:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner May 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Another beautiful piece
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. This painting has proven to be one of my more popular images.
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:iconderthmort:
derthmort Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Wonderful piece. Fantastical and serene.
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! That's what I was going for since the song is fantastical and serene, as well.
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4ScarfAce4 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I knew Crimson were amazing... but this just floored me, all over again.
Well done, Tolkyes. You have another watcher.
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm flattered.
It was originally going to be a slightly smaller painting at first with the 'moonchild' more close up. Then I listened to "Moonchild" before painting it without skipping over the spacey psychedelic part afterwards. It inspired me to paint a larger landscape with more imagery in it.
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4ScarfAce4 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've always thought that the end part of the song was like a glimpse into the Moonchild's mind. That may have something to do with the fact that when I first heard it, it was late at night and I was alone in a darkened room in a house I didn't know very well. It gave me a most enjoyable attack of the creeps, and I'm still glad that I was able to hear it for the first time under those circumstances.
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I'm often influenced by the circumstances, time of the day, temperature outside, etc. when I hear a song for the first time. Especially in the past when I was younger and more impressionable.
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Beauty in blue. :)
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Blue is my favorite color. Of course, it's the most popular color with most people. Blue is tranquil yet wondrous at the same time.
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darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Totally beautiful subject, colors & execution. I'm also glad that it isn't based on the novel by Aleister Crowley, which was absolutely self-serving crap.
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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Aside from Tolkien and sci-fi to a small degree, most of my work is inspired by music rather than literature. In the lyrics of "Moonchild" by King Crimson the 'child' is a metaphor for the moon and its visual effects on the landscape.
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darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for the explanation!! Some sci-fi is excellent & Tolkien always rewards rereading. Have you ever done any work based on any of Ray Bradbury's short stories or novels?
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The only science fiction literature that has influenced my art that I can think of off hand was Isaac Asimov's 'Foundation Trilogy'.
I'm more influenced by sci-fi visually, mainly in the form of movies. The animated film, "Fantastic Planet" was a big influence on me. I liked the organic forms of the plants and creatures. Whenever it's on one of the local arts/education TV channels I watch it.
I do appreciate Ray Bradbury, too. "Fahrenheit 451" is one of my favorite movies. I always liked "The Illustrated Man", as well.
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darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I haven't seen "Fantastic Planet". I must ask my youngest son to download it for me. Your art is always amazing!!
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