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Under The Spreading Chestnut by Lupingirl Under The Spreading Chestnut by Lupingirl
The full title is "Under The Spreading Chestnut, I Sold You and You Sold Me."

The title is taken from George Orwell's 1984. The painting is about realizing that the impulse towards self-preservation can kill even the strongest of relationships when people are put in dire situations. I had just re-read the book when just such a situation happened between me and someone I love. We have never been the same.

Mixed media on paper. 48" x 60"


****I was finally able to take a better photo of this painting, so it reads more true to life now.
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Given 2007-12-29
Under The Spreading Chestnut by ~Lupingirl is a mixed media piece that really carries an incredible emotion about it, executed with a strong palette and fantastic use of bold colours. ( Featured by RockGirl1582 )
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S-helleh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
love it :D
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singing-this-song Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
wow. I love that :) .
Love the colours.
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eme1191 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
I love how large it is. Very cool.
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Thanks very much!
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limnides Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008   Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I received the print this evening and it is absolutely gorgeous. :heart:
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Thanks very much! I'm glad you like it!
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FaMz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
Featured your piece in my journal [link]

Hope you have a great week :heart:
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HollyhockDanu Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
Wow, the odd thing is, I favorited this a long time ago because I liked it, didn't know about 1984 or pay attention to that fact. Today I did a search for the book and that came up. Now it has even more meaning :)
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jinxedbyemily Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I just finished that book a couple weeks ago. I hadn't read it before I first saw this as a DD. After I finally read it, I just had to go back and favorite this. It really puts the book in perspective. It really had a heartbreaking ending, and this peice reminds me of that.
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
Wow, thanks!

That I could put Orwell into perspective for someone else is a huge compliment - I don't think 1984 would have affected me quite so much had I not gone through what I did when I read the book. But it's interesting how books can affect people so differently depending on where their lives are taking them at the time.

(Sorry for the late reply - I am returning to deviant after a long hiatus, and just found out yesterday about the DD feature on this painting)
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tennislvrx3 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
I love it! :):) :heart:
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FaMz Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Featured your piece in my journal [link] :heart:
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
Thanks very much!
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grungeink94 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
I love this. That line is probably my favorite in the whole book.
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cocoa-forget-me-not Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
Wow, this is beautiful :) I love the variety of techniques you've used, it's really insipiring!
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CrazyLadiee Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007   Photographer
Such a wonderful painting ^_^
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
Thanks so much and I apologize for the late reply!
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Desireduser7 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Student Photographer
Haha, I just read the book a couple weeks ago and I flipped out when I figured out where this was from. Great book and great piece of art to match!
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jozefm Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007   Photographer
Congrats..:clap:
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MINIX00 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
what do all the words read?
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seekhisface Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Student General Artist
This is really magnificent. I love artwork like this, and it caught my eye on the front page more than any of the others. Congrats on the DD; you deserve it!
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
Thanks very much - that's really gratifying to hear.

Sorry for the very late reply! I had no idea I had a DD until yesterday!
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quixotic-me Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
you've inspired me to reread the book. (i've been meaning to do so for quite some time now.) i really love this, though. :+fav:
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
Thanks so much!
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kmaier99 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
The type of situation you described is one I have never been in nor thought much about...now I will have it rolling around my brain for weeks.
Thanks...I needed something to fill in the cracks between thoughts anyway.
It is a well done, very emotional piece...thanks for sharing it.
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
Thanks for the compliments! And I am glad I could provide some food for thought! (sorry for the late reply)
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kmaier99 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
I never mind late...my daughter is named "Becca".
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Draith Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
Sad as it is, I've never read the book... I suppose I really should, as someone who claims to love literature (enough to be majoring in it...)...

This is a really nice use of mixed media, though, and the feeling here is fantastic. Such warm colors, and yet also that creeping splash-type white... almost as if it's removing the warmth, I don't know... it's intriguing.
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
Thanks for the thoughtful comment - I actually have never thought about the white that way, but I like this idea - it's been in my head all day now!

(I apologize for the late reply - I am just coming back to deviant after a very long hiatus, and just found out yesterday that I got this DD.)
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Negative-Inc Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
You express yourself very well through this piece, wonderful work.
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
Thanks for the compliment, and sorry for the late reply!
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pulsesprite Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
This is SO amazing, but what do you mean by dire situation? I don't think I fully grasp the meaning
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
Thanks for the compliment, and sorry for the very late reply. I will try to answer your question - my own situation is very personal, so I won't get into it here.

But by dire I mean something that would be threatening in a physical or emotional way. That would have different meanings for different people.

If you have ever read 1984, you may understand what I mean. And, please don't take offense to this, because I know people say it all the time, but it may also be something that you will understand better when you are older - life experience is like that - it helps you to understand yourself and your reactions to everything a little better. But, honestly, in a lot of ways I feel like I understood life better when I was your age!
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pulsesprite Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
I understand the meaning of the words, i just don't understand the MEANING of the words, if you know what I mean.
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
Sure, and I think that's where experience comes in like I was saying before. With art and literature, usually, you can never truly know the intent of the creator, but you can relate your own experience to what you are seeing and glean meaning (with a capital M) that is personal to you. The wider and more varied your experience, the more you have to draw from in creating that meaning. At least, that's how I feel about art, anyway. I'm sure you have your own ideas about it!

By the way - in relation to your sig line, did you ever read The Dharma Bums? I enjoyed that one more than On the Road - although that was good, too.
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pulsesprite Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
honestly, I've never read anything by keroa
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
You definitely should - it's almost a right of passage!
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pulsesprite Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
srry, sent that before i was done, I've never read anything by kerouac, I just read that quote in The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx, I do have ever intention of eventually getting around to reading his stuff though.
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aw2010 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007   Photographer
so you didnty actually do this?
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Lupingirl Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Sorry for the late reply. Yes I painted this - that's why I posted it here.
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aw2010 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008   Photographer
ok. i got it, well some people post things that they didnt do so thts why i asked....
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Draith Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
...:confused: What part made you think they didn't do it?
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aw2010 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007   Photographer
no i mean did you paint this
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Draith Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
I'm not the artist, I'm asking what made you think they didn't? The description says why they made it...
You asked, "so you didn't actually do this" which says you think it's not theirs? :O_o:
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aw2010 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007   Photographer
no no u missinterpretted. i mean by did you yourself pain this.i believe you if you said tht they whoever they are painted this
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Draith Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
....I said I'm not the artist.... you're still talking to me as if I am. :O_o:

You asked the artist if they didn't do this... that's an odd question, that's all I said in reply.
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aw2010 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007   Photographer
no i understand tht ur not the artist now
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NeverForget2394 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
Wow, I agree - certainly worthy of Orwell's poem. Absolutely wonderful :]. :+fav:
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akirazme Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007   Traditional Artist
True. I've read the book once a while back and it's something that will make you think about things a little clearer. A moving piece.
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Somethingfake Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
That book truly scares me. To my shame, I've only read it once, but I shall buy a copy and read it to death!
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