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Olorin by peet Olorin by peet

'Wisest of the Maiar was Olórin. He too dwelt in Lórien, but his ways took him often to the house of Nienna, and of her he learned pity and patience.

Of Melian much is told in the Quenta Silmarillion. But of Olórin that tale does not speak; for though he loved the Elves, he walked among them unseen, or in form as one of them, and they did not know whence came the fair visions or the promptings of wisdom that he put into their hearts. In later days he was the friend of all the Children of Ilúvatar, and took pity on their sorrows; and those who listened to him awoke from despair and put away the imaginations of darkness.'

JRR Tolkien: The SilmarillionVALAQUENTA: Account of the Valar and Maiar according to the lore of the Eldar 



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Painted in watercolour.

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Menkhar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Ffey Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
i like that there is the dissolving/missing/hidden half of his face, it is like saying: you can look at my face, but i am much more, you can never know me entirely
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yes, I made a deliberately ambiguous portrait, partly for the reason you give, but partly also because I myself do not know Olorin entirely - and more specifically, I do not know quite how I envisage him ;)
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful portrait of Olórin, very similar to how I imagine him (though that is quite vague). I like the blue dream-like colour scheme and the background (gardens of Lórien?). And of course his face – I can see Gandalf in him, but at the same time the way part of his face is hidden makes him much more mysterious, hinting the deeper nature of this Maia than just the good old wizard.
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Very glad you like this! It's an honour for you to say it's similar to your imagination, though I totally understand the vagueness, which is why I left certain aspects to the portrait ambiguous, ethereal and indeed dream-like as you put it. Yes, he's in Lórien - the perfect setting to get away with the above-cited! 
Gandalf's such an interesting character when you think about it. I wonder if he knew from the Music that he would have a big part to play in the History of Arda, and was afraid of it (all the more reason for his importance)?
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is interesting to think about Galdalf this way, as a Maia Olórin. I think it is quite possible that he knew something from the Music about the big part he would play and given his wisdom and humility it is understandable that he was afraid of it. Indeed he turned out to be certainly the single most important Maia to play any direct role (on the good side) in Middle-earth at lest since the War of Wrath.
Another interesting question I have been thinking about: What did Gandalf look like after he returned to Aman. I like to imagine that he didn't simply shed his Istar form to assume some fair young elf-like appearance again, but that his body in which he toiled so much in Middle-earth and was instrumental in the defeat of Sauron was very honoured and he chose to retain it (after all, Galdalf the White seemed already glorified compared to the old Gandalf and seeing him for the first time was like a foretaste of something from the Blessed Realm).
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017
Amazing detail and fantastic, subtle shading. Beautifully done!
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! This evolved out of testing some new paper, so that accounts at least in part for the subtle and slightly ambiguous aspects :)
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
You're welcome! :D
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AloiInTheSky Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
SUch an interesting painting. I love the wisdom that emanates from him. That touch of eternity. Looks really great ^^
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Kind words indeed! Particularly the 'touch of eternity'; that's really important for the Ainur I feel, but not easy! Thank you.
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ReDragoNatalia Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice art work :).
I like intensive blue color :) 
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot - this I suppose is a kind of turquoise, but yes I wanted to give it a dreamy, ethereal quality, and I think this was an effective way of achieving that :nod:
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ReDragoNatalia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In the foreground is the blue color and most conspicuous. You are welcome ^^
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, that's the more Cobalt Blue there :D!
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Ephaistien Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous drowing! Very wellHeart 
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
As always my sincere thanks! :D
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Ephaistien Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure!
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SarkaSkorpikova Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I  very much like the background (is it some huge cherries on the tree), there's never enough images of Lorien's gardens. But what I like most about this painting is Olorin's face and how the left part (right half of his face) is very, very abstract and could resemble to his form in the time of Music of the Ainur. Well done!:) :clap:
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peet Featured By Owner Edited Feb 7, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks as always :) Not really sure, they might be apples or oranges, or simply some unheard of fruit of the Blessed Realm! But the ambiguity of half of Olorin was definitely done on purpose - whether to indicate that this is he before the Making of Arda, or simply to achieve an ethereal, dream-like effect reflecting Lorien, is totally up to the viewer :D!
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