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Atargatis by PinkParasol Atargatis by PinkParasol
"Atargatis" Sneak Peek
16x20
oils on wood panel

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A week ago I posted a poll asking, "If I were to do a series of paintings, what theme would people want to see in my style most?" So far the results favor women in mythology, with the second and third most favorable themes being art that follows a story, and then mermaids. So, here is the piece I have started that covers all of these options. I found a beautiful Syrian myth about the goddess, Atargatis, who fell in love with a mortal man. When he died, she dove into a pond in hopes of turning into a fish. Instead, only half of her became a fish, and the rest remained human. Another myth following the same goddess, said that she was born from an egg that was pushed up onto the shore by a fish, and then incubated by a dove. Eventually, variations of the story spread throughout Greece and Rome. These stories are said to be the first to introduce mermaids into mythology.
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Ha88 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Amazing works <3
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JosefVonDoom Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!!!
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LilaaaPurple Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  New member Professional Photographer
this reminds me of Lana Del Rey...maybe its the hair, but I love this! its so mystical and stunning
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Klieo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I've never heard that story before!
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louisesdreams Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It's awesome and I really love it, especially the tail. Most artists make mermaid tails too short (in my opinion). A couple of things bother me. I hope you don't mind me mentioning them. The tummy part looks odd to me. Where it goes into the tail should be bigger. I realize she's lying on her side but it should flare. I hope that made sense. The shoulder angle is too sharp. I think that's because I can't see where the hair over her body comes from. You have her hair fanned out to the left. I was expecting the hair at the edge of the fan to flow over her shoulder. Just some thoughts. It's an excellent piece. All your gallery is stunning.
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PinkParasol Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to send me such a thoughtful response!  I appreciate your feedback <3
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elusiveelegance Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
This is spectacular.
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IsisKumara Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Beautiful artwork! +fav 
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iCamill3 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is so awesome!! I love mermaids :heart:
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WhiteDamascienBlue Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
 I was reading about Atargatis just now ..and I was searching for pictures or paintings that resembles her ..this is sooooooooo beautiful ...
thank you so much .. wonderful work ..
thank you from a Syrian <3 <3 
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