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Where the Shadow Used to Fall by puimun Where the Shadow Used to Fall by puimun
Size: 19x29 inches
Medium: Watercolors
Detail views, original painting, and prints: [link]
Related blog posts with sketchs & in progress: [link] [link] [link]

We walked once where the shadow used to fall:
watched the eclipse blot out the sun,
and the streaming beams between the
pinhole gaps of leaves became
a cascade of glowing crescents across the ground.

Where the shadow used to fall,
the rain did not.
Dense, dry, fallen carpet of the years
pooled at the Giant's feet.
Blanket of crisp leaves and needles. Sap and compost.

My shadow falls, where its shadow used to fall;
and when the sun fades to my back,
I stand upon the hundred rings.
I reach my fingers up up UP to a ghost canopy.
The sunset melts amber sap down my shoulder blades,
down my spine.
And I watch as my shadow grows tall,
then melts into the shadow-less evening.
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Firiel-Archer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
You always have so much detail in your pieces, but the night-tree in this one catches my eye in a special way.
puimun Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
Caretaker-of-Myth Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
I love the clever use of space in this--how something that should be an exterior, the tree bark, becomes something like an interior, and invites the gaze past the exterior of the scene. Just draws it right in.

Not to mention the starry tree itself is beautiful. Yggdrasil? For some reason it reminds me of that.

Taken together or separately, all your works seem like they could tell a story. They all feel like scenes from a great epic, and this is one of my favorites. Your light, delicate, airy style, with all the details and your signature shells and foxes, even if I can't spot a fox in this one, is absolutely beautiful. If I were ever lucky enough to have a wedding, I'd happily commission you to paint something for it! Your pieces are perfect for solemn, beautiful, mystical moments, and they're all a joy to look at.
puimun Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! (And yes, I don't think a fox managed to wander into this one. :) )
VeroFalcioniArt Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kkamacho Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you are so talented!
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist
Soulfoxii Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow this is really amazing *_* :heart:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used your deviation's title in my Title Poem [link] . A thumbnail of the original is in the version linked in the comments, here [link]
saffronlungs Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
endless endless love
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