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Green and Sultry Summers by MelissaFindley Green and Sultry Summers by MelissaFindley
I dream of green and sultry summers, and the light that dapples the damp, still places of home.

I started this painting because I missed Florida. My husband and I talked about it one night, how some people only see Florida as a tourist trap, or a waiting room (waiting to get on a ride, waiting to get to another state, waiting to die). But some of us... some of us love it there, it's in our blood, it's home. That's the way it is with my husband and I. He's been gone from there much longer than I have. But after only a few months living in Missouri, where the winters are gray and brown and cold, I *really* miss Florida. Luckily, what started as a painting about longing is now a painting about happiness: we're moving back in a few months. He found a great job there. Which is good because as you can see, I miss my swamplands.

Oh, and if you're not sure why I've put this in fantasy, look closer. Some people miss the obvious on first glance. Also, it's a good thing my swamp spirit isn't human, either. Cottonmouths aren't known for being the most snuggly of snakes.

Because the size I have to show it at here to avoid art theives is so small here's a couple of detail closeups (still at about 25% of the original size):… and…

Please, nobody get offended over some body hair. I swear, I've seen models at Abercrombie and Fitch Stores wear their pants lower than *this*.


Holy Crap, a DD! Wow. I thought I'd cleaned out my message center last night and I logged on this morning and went, WTF? Thank you, faerywitch and cosmosue so much for the Daily Deviation suggestion and feature. I love this painting, and I'm so glad so many other people do, too.

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Given 2008-06-15
Green and Sultry Summers by =Mercuralis is gorgeous! The light is spot on, with quality of the soft late afternoon light being diffuse through the cypresses branches. The droplets of water on his body are a great touch that adds to his sexiness and the swamp creatures add a perfect touch for ambiance. The expression of the egret makes me wonder what is the little dragon fly fae telling to this swamp spirit. ( Suggested by faerywitch and Featured by cosmosue )
ExoticCherryBlossom Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*bangs head on wall* i shouldnt be looking at dat @.@
NittaJun Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
EmokoX Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student
amazing sexy and amazing.
Jolynn76 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
anacecilia22 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student Writer
now that is one hawt dude
FyreKou Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
He's Lovely Excellent work. :headbang:
Kaya-Avatar Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Kalara75 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Uhoo he's hot. I like sexy fae man's!
ombajeezus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
you should do some faerie pictures im curious to see what the little one looks like
BrayonHopper Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Very Nice artwork. I love the symbolism in it.
kanati44 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
this is a glory, your love of place comes through :-)
NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Beautifully done!!
michaels-lover Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
This is amazing! So life like and beautiful, i love Florida! I have family in the Miami/ Hollywood area, down there; I miss it especially in the winter when its cold and gray. I yearn for the hot sun and flowing palm trees.
muddyfox9973 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
I really love this image. It has such a strong earthy naturalness about it. It makes me long for your beautiful swamp lands too! Brilliant work.

SpringTulips Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Student General Artist
I have family down there at Florida :D From Miami all the way to Tampa. And then more at Puerto Rico :P

I miss Puerto Rico~ it's boring up here in Nebraska.

And cold...

And people don't have a good sense of humor and take every joke I say as offensive xD PFFFTTTTT.
lunarballad Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Florida is my only home!!! YAY for Florida girls!!! XD

somehow this reminds me of Tarzan... but I really like the expression on his face. It seems so natural.
LAS-T Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
stunning! :wow:
starry-one Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
Absolutely nothing offensive about this! Beautiful piece.
Tearsarine Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
This has taken my breath away! Absolutely stunning and I'm so glad that you get to return home! My husband and I are stuck in a different state than our home as well. Hopefully we'll soon beable to return to the bayous of Louisiana. Best of luck to you and yours!
Crazeh-Sunshine Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Florida was the first thing I thought of when I saw this; and lo and behold, I read the description and...!

You captured the essence of FL perfectly with this :) And not just that, but the entire piece is just wonderful.
Inuibuki Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
beautiful details. I really like the snake. :)
DoodleKins Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Student
Is that an Otter I see!!! I LOVE Otters!
I also have fallen in love with this picture. He's... smexy XD!
Esrial Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
This picture in particular in your gallery really stuck out to me. The lighting is fantastic and I'm in love with the warm golden and green hues, they're awesome! I had to double take to see the bit of fantasy in there, you did an awesome job making it right under our noses and at the same time not too obvious. You clearly put a ton of work into every detail, though my one critique is his fingers on his hand that's dipping into the water seem kind of stiff. The rest is gorgeous though, great work!
Lylla4 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Curse you water... CURSE YOU! -faints- So close yet so far away! Gorgeousness personifyed.... fantastic work!
gummiball-auf-lsd Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
love this. especially the snakes...
DreamerKiss Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:] I love this, I live in Florida, have all my life, and I would miss it if I left it.
TheLongLivingConchit Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008   Photographer
Wow, awesome!
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I love this on many different levels - really nice work!
ebrulii Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
you've been featured here [link] :)
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :D
ebrulii Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
my pleasure :)
EmilyHeatherly Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008   Digital Artist
[link] ---> Featured :D
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
CrimsonMoons Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Men are such sinful, delicious temptations.

I saw this and it actually reminded me of where I use to live in my childhood days. Sadly spirits didn't have a popularity in those times, everyone feared them and literally hid us inside the huts.
Timbrewolf823 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooooooo. Sezeh Musc-lez. O__O ^__^
Linuska Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
:wave: Hi, this awesome deviation has been featured in my journal [link] . :hug:
mjk-art Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
Nice piece.
mollygoblin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
...I forgot to fav this. Huh, go fig. Fixed! :D
GicyNeko Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
I wish to see the lower half.... D:
ftourini Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Perfect! :clap: i love the colors and the shimer on his skin!!
zebabeth Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
wow! Beautiful man! He lives with his parents? :D
Great work!!
Behydezell Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
don't dream: It's enough hot today. I think he lives in a jungle with a espinette player monkey !
zebabeth Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Damned! bouhouhou!
xBluepearlx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
:wave:This beautiful work is being featured on my journal this week [link]
Hope you don't mind
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Not at all. Thank you!
xBluepearlx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
you're welcome
pyro-helfier Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008   General Artist
I love the atmosphere in this. The way you painted the trees, the water and the lighting is phenominal. The skin tones and anatomy of the man look great. Not to mention, all the little creatures are adorable! I'm especially fond of the snake. :D
TerezaMarin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
AMAZING!!!!! I am in :love: :)
darknez Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008   Digital Artist
it reminds me brad pitt on fight club
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
er... why?
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