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Forgotten Bells of Ys by puimun Forgotten Bells of Ys by puimun
(For the more complete tale of Ys, see my blog: [link] )


Medium: Watercolors
Size: 12x17 inches
Prints available here: [link]
Detail closeup views here: [link]


The mythical sunken city of Ys. It was built by King Gradlon for his beloved daughter Dahut, and through treachery, the cities gates were thrown open to the wild elements and swallowed beneath the waves.

It is said that on stormy nights, you can hear the sound of the ghostly bells ringing out across the waters. Mournful memory of the glory that once existed in Bay of Douarnenez, off the coast of Brittany.


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The sailors and fishers have seen the gilt shadows
stretching proud arches upon the glass seas;
and I have heard echos of eons dead bells
drifting in tides of ghost melodies.
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Irmanamers Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The legend of Ker Ys plays a role in my Fantasy novel-on-progress, so that's a lovely image to go with it.
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Godfrey-Gallahan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student General Artist
I honestly have to say I was surprised to find this on here! I bought your book a while back and this painting has been one of my favorites ever since! I really love your work, it's incredible!
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puimun Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Wonderful!
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spiritImmortalLisa Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
amazing work!!
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pepe190390 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful amd full of magic.
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TwistedLeisure Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
BEAUTIFUL!!
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Monaco29 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Awesome work!
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:iconlunael:
Lunael Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Astonishing. There are no other words for it. Great job again!
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yanikaRed Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
total and complete badassness
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Elena1409 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so beautiful!
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nenuiel Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Is it silly for me to first notice your design for her fin? I love the design for it, and of course the composition for the rest of the piece as well. I actually just wish the bell would pop out just a little bit more - it seems important to the story and would create a nice focal point. But it is another stunning piece! :heart:
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Stonemirth Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
It looks like Atlantis but I think the story is much older. Beautiful colors and I love the mermaid and the underwater city and the fish and the turtle and the bell. /fav
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VXthinkwinkXV Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the poem :) and your fish.
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jmcmahon78 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist
Your mermaid work is by far my favorite!!!
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soof17-09 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
I absolutely adore it, it's so dreamy...
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ryoko25 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student Writer
Absolutely stunning.
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Charming-Manatee Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Student
really beautiful artwork , i love how you done this :D
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Anireshi Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Oh wow thats pretty cool
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Ever read the 'Lyonesse' trilogy by Jack Vance? It has a LOT to say about Ys. This beautiful image reminds me of classic Howard Rackham.
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Winged-Isis Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist
*** Your artwork is always great! Your style is unic and very rich of beautiful details! Always great experience to see it! ***
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Gorgeous Work!!!
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freespiritkrr Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
I really like the underwater quality of this =)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful under-water scene!
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CrispyWonderMint Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student Writer
Gorgeous as the rest of the work. I love the watercolors with this pice and all the detail. It has a very ethereal feel, as though the remains are holding their breath at being discovered.
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juliacollins89 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
What kind or brand of watercolors do you use?
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puimun Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Winsor & Newton, and Kremer Pigments
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Everlaun Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Tremendously stunning! The color and movememt of the painting makes it soothing and quiet.
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Aelcharya Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Magic, like everything you do :3
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LilyannHale Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the details you put in every work.
It's awesome!
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G00l3y Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
wow, just wow, so beautiful. It's incredible. :D
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PirateNinjaStar Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love your mermaids, they're so amazing...
:heart:
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footinadream Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Student General Artist
i love it cuz there's koi! reminds me of charles santore's illustrations of the little mermaid (i guess cuz they are watercolor to) its very beautiful
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Rulhoolie Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow, I really love this!
I feel like the cracked stone arc is sort of... different to see in your art? (I don't know if that makes sense)
But it's beautiful~
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Zephyrothil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
I cant even imagine the time and effort this must have taken.
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2twilight Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
wonderful job with your water colors! :)
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its better in person ;)
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Salaidard Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful! I love all the details...
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saturnword Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Mermaids have always been a childhood favorite.
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Anniina85 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011   Traditional Artist
OH MY DEAR GOD the amount of detailsssss, and the coloring is superb! very pretty, well done!
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EVAVESTER Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Excellent work!!!:heart:
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MellowMarie Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How beautiful! Everything flows together so nicely and the tone in the picture defintely reflects the melancholy story.
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The-Silent-Riven Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
That's just beautiful |D. I love the details put into it since it makes it look so real.
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madam-sketchy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful :iconsparklingplz:
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werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Great job on this!
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keeptrying Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
I love the rich, dark color of her tailfin, and looking through all the details in the foreground/background.
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The-Bothersome-One Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Very lovely :D Your art is beautiful!
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EnchantedMasquerade Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I absolutely ADORE your work. I picked up a calendar by you back in January.:)
This is great!:)
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Wingedthing1026 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student
all of you artwork is really beautiful! This one is my favorite! :)
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EclecticEcho Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
This is too beautiful to describe!
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JKLdesigns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Awesome per usual.
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