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The Language of Roses by DimeSpin The Language of Roses by DimeSpin
When Handel was just a baby, her mother died near a human couple's summer home, still carrying her, and the humans found her. They decided to keep the little baby Dryad, and they raised her and became the only family she'd ever known. While she was left in their summer home, the couple died in a car accident. Young Handel was forgotten in the home, the couple never came back.

The humans didn't really know anything about Dryads, so they weren't able to tell her how important it was that she go and find a tree to bond to and what the signs were that it was time. When the time came, she refused to leave the house, so in desperation, her body bonded to the roses just outside the house. The spell in her body has encouraged the growth of the roses until they completely overgrew the house.

Later, the other Dryads contacted her, but it was a while before she let them talk to her.
Painted with the GIMP
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
Beautiful picture and a wonderful story to go with it. Very evocative and emotional!
empressofmelnibone Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
This is Gloriously heart aching.
divyanka2012 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
de unde ai luat trandafirii
Feeriee13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
So sad and so beautiful...You're very talented, drawing and writing! :)
Createdit Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is magnificent, you really know how to set the mood, really nice lighting and even the outer scenery looks beautiful, great job, Dime. :3
snoissesbo Featured By Owner May 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Such a beautiful story. So sad, but beautiful, and the same for the painting.
RedSuzanne Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What a gorgeous tale!!!! Thank you, and the painting is glorious!
CorrsollaRobot Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow, this is really beautiful. I dont know whether to look at it fearfully or sentimentally. love the idea and use of light
Audronasha Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
a fragile one. love it.
TheNAILS Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Oh this is all kinds of cool
Reymonkey Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012   General Artist
Your paintings... agh, so much talent! It's like rennaissance stuff, very Rembrandt here, and the other one where you did a portrait of her face.
CastoroChiaro Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous. The color palate really makes this piece for me, with the contrasting light, faded warm colors against rich, dark cool colors. It's just splendid. The story behind this really makes the piece. Poor girl.
Shrineheart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God I love your world building, this is such a sad yet lovely character.
dwilliams Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
The story you wrote underneath just adds to this. Magnificent, m'dear.
QuazarShark Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Gah, this is so beautiful.

Perhaps we can have a link to a piece of piano music you find fitting?
DimeSpin Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks =)

Either this or the song that inspired her name.
Spiritcatcher Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Nice story.
deathmango Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Seeing your work and reading the descriptions reminds me of the wonder I felt when I was introduced to Chris Van Allsburg's 'The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.' You also have an amazing way of relating place and mood. And I think I prefer your surreal, organic characters to his more traditional ones. It's just more in line with the other influences I love (like Alphonse Mucha, Neil Gaiman, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Tim Burton). Thank you for sharing these dreamtime vignettes with us.
JARM13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One tragedy after another , how sad ... sigh
spligity Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student General Artist
this is absolutely beautiful! <3
i love these dryads of yours; they're fascinating :0

what happens when they can't find a tree to bond to?
and how do they contact eachother?
do they all unconsciously use spells to influence plants??

i totally want to make one too someday ^-^
DimeSpin Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist

If there's not a single suitable tree or large enough plant to bond to anywhere around them, they get very sick and slowly die. In fact, Handel was quite ill for a long time, since the roses weren't quite big enough at first, but she managed to live through the rough patch while the roses grew.

They contact each other the same way people do. The Dryads that contacted Handel just went to the house and knocked on the doors and windows and yelled in at her.

They all have spells in their bodies to influence their bonded tree, mostly to encourage health, growth and healing to keep it in good shape. The spell is so strong it can have similar effects on other living things. Luz the surgeon actually uses the effect to help his patients heal faster.
spligity Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student General Artist
oh lol
i thought they had some sort of magic tree telepathy XD

thnx for the info :)
bonefish Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully composed scene. You did an incredible job lighting and framing Handel, and the attention to detail is obvious. Just love the mood of this whole piece. Wonderful stuff, and I enjoy the backstory too!
aisu-isme Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh my god this is simply fantastic. The story, the concept, the composition, the lighting... I'm in love! *o*
InuRyoko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh my god Dime! This is absolutely beautiful! I want to get a print of this! The reflected light and cast shadows! So gorgeous!
Raineve Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So Gorgeous!
gescheitert Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This story is very pretty. And this painting.. I don't even know what to say. Your dedication and patience are intriguing. It is extremely detailed though, I wish I could see it in a higher resolution. And I wish I wouldn't have missed so many of your livestreams! Ah well! +fav of course!
Qsteel Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this is really impressive :0
Andydot Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohmaigawd. Watching this from sketch to finish is just... just... Wow!!
gholacik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Wow, fantastic!
Shilpit Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Really glad to have seen some of this in the making, just incredible..
Acrosanti Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
This is absolutely incredible. I love your painting style, and the amount of emotion you manage to put into each piece. This one's no exception.
Mehen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
This is amazingly beautiful, there's so much emotion in this piece. Excellent work.
TechnoMageMalic Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This turned out, if you'll pardon the oxymoron, wonderfully depressing. Great work as usual Dime.
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