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The Theory of Chaos. by Gwendolyn12 The Theory of Chaos. by Gwendolyn12
"As I stepped closer I was struck with the beauty of the scene: the deep green of the leaves contrasted with the butterflies flitting from branch to branch, sipping from the pale blossoms of the tree. What I had taken at first to be a bed of flowers beneath the tree turned out to be a carpet of butterflies almost completely covering the ground. The scene was so breathtaking I stopped several dozen feet away from the tree’s canopy, not wanting to startle them into flight.
Many of the butterflies flitting among the flowers were purple and black, or blue and black, like those in Felurian’s clearing. Others were a solid, vibrant green, or grey and yellow, or silver and blue. But my eye was caught by a single large red one, crimson shot through with a faint tracery of metallic gold. Its wings were bigger than my spread hand, and as I watched it fluttered deeper into the foliage in search of a fresh flower to light upon.
Suddenly, its wings were no longer moving in concert. They tumbled apart and fluttered separately to the ground like falling autumn leaves.
It was only after my eyes followed them to the base of the tree that I saw the truth. The ground below was not a resting place for butterflies . . . it was strewn with lifeless wings. Thousands of them littered the grass beneath the tree’s canopy, like a blanket of gemstones.
“The red ones offend my aesthetic,” claimed a cool, dry voice from the tree.
I took a step back, trying to peer through the thick canopy of hanging leaves.
“What manners,” chided the dry voice. “No introduction? Staring?”
“My apologies, sir,” I said earnestly. Then, remembering the tree’s flowers, I amended, “Ma’am. But I have never spoken with a tree before and find myself at something of a loss.”
“I daresay you are. I am no tree. No more than is a man a chair. I am the Cthaeh. You are fortunate to find me. Many would envy you your chance.”


I find this character quite interesting, altough detestable, obviously. A creature made of pure evil with the power to foresee every possibility in the future, and lead someone to the worst of all possibilites for themselves and the world.
I know the Cthaeh destroyed several colored butterflies, but I painted mostly red ones because they resemble of blood, the blood that was caused throughout history due to it.
I hope you guys like it. It was quite a good experience to try painting this. :D

Thanks for looking!:blowkiss:

Cthaeh, The Wiseman's Fear (c) Patrick Rothfuss

:bulletred: Time: 5 hours
:bulletgreen: Tools:
Ecoline watercolors;
Uni Posca poster color marker;
Copic markers.
Drawn on Canson watercolor paper, 300g/m² (140lbs)
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:iconjenny42:
Another gorgeous watercolor! This one looks like it has a bit of salt technique? I love the vibrant colors. The highlighting on the leaves is especially nice! The white specks add a lot of magic and whimsy to the picture. On one side of the tree they looks like stars in the night sky while on the other side they appear to be floating motes of magic or fairies.The fading away of the ground is a beautiful way to leave the picture. I am glad you did not add any hard edges here. If I had to say anything negative, the only thing I may have done different is maybe used a darker pen to finish the butterflies, but that may have been on purpose for the work this was based on. I thoroughly enjoyed marveling at your watercolors!
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lailatovluna Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible.
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :heart: :meow:
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Anoya Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014   Photographer
Your work has been featured here: Forum Features #44 - May: Green! :heart:
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :love:
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Anoya Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Photographer
Anytime! :heart:
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Togekaboom Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
I'm not joking when I say this is one of my favourite pieces of artwork, and by far the best I've decided to use as my PC desktop. <3 Thank you
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so happy to hear you like it so much. :love: thank YOU <3
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Togekaboom Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
You're welcome ^_^
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LonelyFullMoon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Lindo! :heart:
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
obrigada <3
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Silver-MoonNight Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive :O I really love the colours :D
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome, thanks. <3
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Silver-MoonNight Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome :D
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fairydustshower Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
woww such a magical scenery!
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :heart:
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lugavi Featured By Owner May 30, 2013   Artist
woow * w *
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
<3
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lugavi Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013   Artist
x3
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Raeleven Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student General Artist
oh my... I love Patrick Rothfuss and his books and to see such a lovely painting from the story is so awesome! I love the highlights in the leaves and the sky especially. :aww:
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So do I!:D
I'm so happy you liked it. Thank you<3
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Jenniej92 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the effects you made with the white pen :)
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!:love: the white pen is a life saver:lol:
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Jenniej92 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is :D
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:iconcality:
cality Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your watercolour work is so beautiful. :love:

The magical feel of this piece is just lovely!
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much:love: that was the intention since this tree isn't normal in any way.:XD:
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cality Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!

YAY FOR MAGIC TREES. :squee:
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Caori Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's how i pictured Cthaeh! beautiful :)
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Good to know!:D thanks:D
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britegreenfish Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Photographer
beautiful
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you:D
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PetaloMaM Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Beautiful artwork, and great interpretation of the Cthaeh
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, dear!:love:
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PunktAusEnde Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I'm really fascinated...
I love the way you used the colours!
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!:D I love playing with colors.
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013   General Artist
This is so beautiful!
I love the colors!
You know, I'd actually buy your work, AND go to your art shop.
But I don't have enough money to afford it, perhaps when I graduate in may I will. ;)
You are lovely Gwen!
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
THank you!:love:
Thank you so much<3 that's so kind of you.:D though I'll leave my current work at the art shop soon, when I move I'll probably try a job in another art shop I found in the city I'll be living in.:B
I'd love if you could visit me and my country one day. :la: please don't forget to warn me first:meow:
and if I ever go to the US I'll try to visit you as well:D

you're lovely yourself!:hug: and I love the giraffe in your icon:squee:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013   General Artist
My pleasure! :love:
You are really amazing. :la:

Ooh! That would be so cool! You seem like such an amazing person.
I wonder what you think I look like. :lol:
I love giraffes, :love:
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kylecaio Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god. OH GOD!!

THOSE COLORS!!
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: thank you!:D
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TrueMangaAnimeLover Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I'm in love with that accent on the right of the trunk. Beautiful piece.
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
what do you mean?:o
either way, thanksC:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Ooh beautiful! :love:
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks darling:love:
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Xelgot Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wonderful!! :D
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!:la:
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EmpressEgoiste Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Best Cthaeh out there. Beautiful, elegant, and terrifying.
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!:love: that makes me happy<3
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Fayven Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
OMG....I have no worda...this is just so beautiful and inspiring and really reminds me of my earliest childhood! x3
I always wanted to be a fairy and flying with the butterflys was my big wish....8D
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so good to know:D thank you<3

I just hope you won't fly around the Cthaeh.:lol:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Stunning; full of power and real energy!
:+fav:
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