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March 23, 2012
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Elemental - Earth by artorifreedom Elemental - Earth by artorifreedom
Water Earth is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. It was commonly associated with qualities of heaviness, matter and the terrestrial world. Due to the hero cults, and chthonic underworld deities, the elemental of earth is also associated with the sensual aspects of both life and death in later occultism. In alchemy, earth was believed to be primarily cold, and secondarily dry, (as per Aristotle). Beyond those classical attributes, the chemical substance salt, was associated with earth and its alchemical symbol was a downward-pointing triangle, bisected by a horizontal line.

Cardinal direction: North
Season: Winter
Time of life: Aged
Time of day: Midnight
Regent Planet: Saturn
Colors: Brown and green
Feminine energy
Other: strength, stability, abundance, structure, dependability, structure

The earth is what we all have in common.

-Wendell Barry

horse ~EquineStockImagery [link] | forest =AngeliaArt NOT STOCK (used with permission) | squirrel *SalsolaStock [link] | rabbit #ZoeLaFleur-Stock [link] | leaves ~gd08 [link] and ~midnightstouch [link]
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It is very interesting that you credit Saturn as the regent planet here, but it has animal life similar to ours. Eg, the horse or the small forest animals. I recall that Robert E Howard adapted the horse in Mars for his John Carter stories--i.e, a thoat was a horse-like animal with six legs instead of four. As a rendering of Earth life, it is very well-presented; but again, for another planet, and some are perhaps uninhabitable, a slight adaptation would be better.
The general photographic technique is good nonetheless. The lighting and color scheme is very natural. The association between the animals is amusing too.
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Inadesign Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning work! :clap:
artorifreedom Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
primalfuryan Dec 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:iconcternetea::iconsquirrelflight-77:Your artwork has been featured in Christmas special feature my friend:huggle::iconsquirrelflight-77::iconcternetea:
artorifreedom Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DOC-Ash1391 Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I find this marvelously amazing. Truly, its beautiful and captures both the imagination and creativity of a 'surrealism scene'. I love the colors and the woods animals. Truly, you did a wonderful job. :D
artorifreedom Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
oooh --the interaction between horse and rabbit----so cute
artorifreedom Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :love:
HighSteppin Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omgoodness, this is beautiful! I hope that one day I'll be able to make such amazing things
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