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Time Flies by oxboxer Time Flies by oxboxer
"In truth, these birds are rarely caught. The children, who alone have the speed to catch birds, have no desire to stop time. For the children, time moves too slowly already. They rush from moment to moment, anxious for birthdays and new years, barely able to wait for the rest of their lives. The elderly desperately wish to halt time, but are much too slow and fatigued to entrap any bird. For the elderly, time darts by much too quickly. They yearn to capture a single minute at the breakfast table drinking tea, or a moment when a grandchild is stuck getting out of her costume, or an afternoon when the winter sun reflects off the snow and floods the music room with light. But they are too slow. They must watch time jump and fly beyond reach." --excerpt from Einstein's Dreams, by Alan Lightman

Time is a bunch of nightingales. Nice image to play with, there.

One more of these things to go! Hopefully it'll be the best one... ;P
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SomethingFerocious Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
I love how happy and content the kid looks... You've got quite a talent for making thought provoking words into thought provoking pictures. Keep up the lovely work, and thanks for sharing this.
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odd-hunter Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
This is simply beautiful. And I love the thought behind it. It's something I'm starting to feel, and it's truly impressive to see such a startling concept portrayed so brilliantly. You have some serious mastery in art. I love the colors you used, vibrant ones for the sky, the birds, and the child, and dark, damper ones for the adults.

in much fewer words, faved
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mitzithekittzi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
damn girl why are you so good!
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oxboxer Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It's because I came from outer space, duh. =P
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mitzithekittzi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
oh, right, that explains it. how silly of me to forget
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rufftoon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
Finally I getthe time to look at this lovely piece :heart: Very nicely colored and composed. Looooove the aura around the child.
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insanellamagirl Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006   Traditional Artist
i like this alot. I had the same idea to illustrate this passage as well and decided to search for it on Deviantart. I like your interpretation. One other person has illustrated it too, it is probably the best passage in the book. Anyway nice interpretation.
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006
The symbolism is very effective. Nice character designs and fine poses. The details and colors are beautiful. Solid atmosphere.
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hazerever Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006
this is wonderful to look at. the symbolism of the concept works great too
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blue-fire Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2006
Beautiful imagery here. *_* This picture is flat-out gorgeous.
Really makes me want to read the book.
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