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Forbidden Forest by Iardacil Forbidden Forest by Iardacil
Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water-rats.
There we've hid our fairy vats
Full of berries,
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O, human child!
To the woods and waters wild
With a fairy hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than
you can understand.

The Stolen Child - W.B.Yeats
(full poem: [link] )

For =Behana Forgotten Folklore contest

Dedicated for *freaky665 - our new really up and going manipulator. Her dreamy works, those emotions... and she is such a lovely girl.. and such a great support for me..

Close up: [link]

Yeats is one of my favorites poets and irish folklore and fairytales was his primary source of inspiration and that's why I found it is such a great idea to use his poem as inspiration for me to create that piece.

Irish mythology and folklore has always fashinated me. The beauty of those hard stories, the magical element there, time where everything was so much more important, where king and queens ruled, magical faes lived in forests, protectors of nature kept their secret places and beauty of world was treasured.

And this poem. To be honest, I first, I think, heard it on Spielberg's movie - Artificial Intelligence: AI. And later, when I got myself book with Yeats' poems, I found it there. And the way he has described the way I felt then. It was autumn. I was sitting on the park, having really hard time and I just wanted to cry. I sat there... colorful leaves falling, early on the morning, little mist, silence around me, fountains.. it was really beautiful. I set and read those poems... and I just felt.. I would want to go away.. go to fae lands and leave it all behind as there is too much sadness.

This work is obviously symbolistic as the poem above. The white pure and pale (sorry :P) almost like chryistal, the human being - pure from heart, kind and caring, yet untouched by the evils of this world. But how long can you stay like that? How long can you cope witht the hurt and the pain world has? And so she goes - follows the roads noone else dares or remembers, goes deeper into the dark forests... to find and seek what was promised - easier breathing, lightful being, no worries and pain.

Somehow those fairies around her lantern - they look like night butterflies drawn by light - but we all know what happens with them - they are tempted too much and drawn to close and in the end - they will burn. (I just discovered that the work where I did use that theme - nightbutterflies and candle and burning.. I used the same model there) In this case it reflects - that humans and faes - they are two different words and even if wanted, we cannot go to their forest. It could be escape from our troubles but some things are not meant to be. Humans are the ones, who, at the end, will be hurt on those forbidden and secret forests - as when they live too deeply and too darely for their fantasies - they will suffer... I am so sad to say that, but it is the way... the only thing we can do is remember and dream... Dream and remember...

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Garapan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is perfect. Would you consider a collaboration of Art & Poetry? I'll message you!
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BlueEvanescence Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
very beautiful~ this peice is so soft and graceful
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Iardacil Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Thanks
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Mishkin-Rayman Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Thanks
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BleederGuy Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
wow . .
i can feel her by the way you show it ..
keep up the gd work :)
10\10
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Iardacil Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
Thanks
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InspiredByMints Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
absoleutly GORGEOUS!!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Thanks
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willowave Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
This is a beautiful piece of artwork. Definately going into my favorites.
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
:D
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kaleallerion Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Student Writer
Stunning.
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Iardacil Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Thanks
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:iconkaleallerion:
kaleallerion Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Student Writer
You're welcome. :)
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Eirian-stock Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Hi! :wave:

We have featured this wonderful piece in our journal -> [link]
Thank you so much for the amazing art!

:sun:

-Iribel&Jillianiina
aka
Eirian-stock
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
:) thanks
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Blissful-Day-Dreamer Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Student Writer
beautiful...
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emotion-B-D-F Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
great work Iardacil

+fav
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
thanks
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lamour13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the innosence and the light of this one! :heart: You create amazingly beautiful works!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
so glad you like it
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derrickfong Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
:wow: amazing works! :clap:!!!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
thank you
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derrickfong Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
you are welcome...!
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Gina-Marie Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
Lovely work.
I featured this piece here: [link]
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
thanks
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Soul-Of-Sorrow Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Absolutely Breathtaking! :D :hug:
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
thanks
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Soul-Of-Sorrow Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
No Problem :hug:
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agatka-apple Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
amazing light!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
glad you like it
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Momotte2stocks Featured By Owner May 18, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
What a sweet faery in an enchanted forest ! :heart: :love:
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Iardacil Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
:D
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Songein Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
It's beutiful! Sadness

It's my favourite, too! Joy
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Iardacil Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
thanks.. :)
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Veiz Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is also very, very good!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
:D thanks
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HotaruTsukino4u Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Student
pretty O.O
I wish i could be in that place! >w<
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
:D
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TheWaffleFox Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
Well done! The poem you mentioned if a favorite of mine too, and I sing the choral version of it often. This picture is so perfect, as though the feary's sing it to the changling and she follows.
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
you did.. oh.. you are a great singer I am sure.. I have never been good on that..
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oXFallOutGirlXo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008   Writer
Lovely
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
thanks :D
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008   General Artist
This is to let you know that this beautiful image is being featured in a new News Article [link]
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
thank you :D
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veaclaire Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
Very pretty. The forest and the light create together a mysterious atmosphere. Reminds me a little bit of "Chronicles of Narnia" ;)
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
:D maybe yes..
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Iribel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
I have featured this wonderful piece in my journal. You can see it here. Please send me a note if you'd rather not be featured. Many thanks for the great art! :heart:
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
I am honored.. thanks :D
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PereviR Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Student
She's so cute and naive, like Wendy who's following the fairies ( in "Peter Pan") ^_^ :)
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