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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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Bandicoot317 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  New member
looks like a vintage work of art depicting sirens very intersting
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Karinta Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I love the realism.
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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  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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VeraArt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Artist
this is so beautiful that almost made me cry..
thank you for your art.. <3Hug
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Someone-Else79 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Wonderful piece of Art !!!! Amazing !!!
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rockafellow Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Your work/technique reminds me of Waterhouse.  Also, I really like the composition of this piece.  Nicely done.
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dmkozicka Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful and original painting !
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
You've been featured: gryffgirl.deviantart.com/journ…
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PrincessArsenicStock Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unbelievably beautiful~! 
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suburbangeek Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Beautiful!
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PMucks Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your beautiful artwork has been featured in my weekly journal! fav.me/d6e84x2 :)
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rareamx Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful job! I think you should do fairies
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Beautiful painting! I love the interplay of warm and cool colors in the skin.
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Leny97 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you´re featured here [link] :meow:
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khaelan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Love it!
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Anavlisliph Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
ohhh i absolutely love this, it's amazing!!
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Azemwardd Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
buena tecnica
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KevinNichols Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
beautiful piece
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CatONineTales Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heartbreaking.
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carouselclover Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful work!
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liliayn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
q lindo
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
gorgeous colors ... a wonderful mood
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eva-chausheva Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Amazing painting and so interesting stories :) thanks for sharing
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MysticOwl1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
I love how you hyperextended her tain...it adds a little something more to the piece! and her tail fins almost look like feathers its soo pretty!
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhhh! so good. you are a master!
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eiger3975 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing
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CardboardIndia Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
Love this and the story behind it!
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KellyYaY Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so pretty
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JeffZarinelli Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
BEAUTIFUL!!!
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:iconnalabulle:
nalabulle Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful work !! ;)
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giottoart Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!!
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maidofmer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
stunning
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Nice.
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Julilionet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Wuh,FANTASTIC! *O*
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unveilpure Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
nice sombre tones!
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TheMoonchild85 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! Like on of the old masters of paintings! Beautiful and great idea! Love her hair and the details!
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Rhi-Raven97 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
absolutely beautiful
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kagekabuki Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy hell, that is amazing.
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Christa-Kinde Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Writer
Delightful in every detail.
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Kevlartounge Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful and it sends out emotions really well.
So stunning, I love it! <3
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eye0n Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm in love ^.^
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