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painting of a mystic writing at night, candle light
Mystic ( 2002 • digital • 6000 x 2793 px )

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" The dead of night was the time to write secrets. Secrets of ages gone past, of friends long dead. So few survived the rituals of purification. Many had given way to greed.

He scribbled once again in the book of alchemical formulae. The secrets there for all to see, yet his long training would force him to write the words backwards, with deliberate mistakes. Mistakes that would surely lead to many more deaths, when those who attempted the transmutations read with their eyes, but not their souls. "

The above wonderful caption was written for this image by the Fantasy writer Jaq D. Hawkins. Thank you Jaq, I think you did an excellent job. To learn more about the author visit her website at www.jaqdhawkins.co.uk.

A Mystic is a person who practices mysticism, a term which Wikipedia explains as:

"...the pursuit of achieving communion or identity with, or conscious awareness of, ultimate reality, the divine, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, or insight; and the belief that such experience is an important source of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Traditions may include a belief in the literal existence of dimensional realities beyond empirical perception, or a belief that a true human perception of the world transcends logical reasoning or intellectual comprehension."

Here I illustrate a Renaissance mystic. In the dark of the night he quietly treatises the experiences of his reality.

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Templar Mason from UK wrote:February 13, 2009

I love all your images, the dark amber feel to the lighting on some of them really infuses your edge of reality with an otherworldly emotional content befitting of the darkwork done.

Salvinorin from Portugal wrote:December 8, 2008

Absolutely amazing detail... awesome work !!!! One of my favorites. Thank you Dawid.

hellboy from neterland wrote:July 10, 2008

nice job my frend realy good

Dawid Michalczyk wrote:March 31, 2008

nerdboyxx: You are right about your interpretation of the Mystic painting. That is exactly what I wanted to communicate through the image. Hopefully I'll soon get the time to do more of such images.

nerdboyxx from AUS wrote:March 30, 2008

I believe this to be a great reflection of man's interest in the beyond and uknown, the supernatural and the unexplained. This reflects well in this paining. I see where you are going with the mystic. He is deep in his studies, searching for ways to communicate or make connections to the beyond. It is something that is very popular in older fantasy. It takes us away from the quest-style, D&D style books and images out there. I hope that you draw more of these soon, and I really look forward to it when you do.

Andy from UK wrote:August 15, 2007


I am listening to some exellent fantasy pipe music looking at this picture.

Very Nice work.


Melany from usa wrote:July 19, 2007

To me this man resembles Leonardo Da Vinci in his 50's threw 60's. I know this because i saw a self portrait of him.

Mario from The Mushroom Kingdom wrote:July 2, 2007

This picture reminds me of mystery, fantasy and dreaming... you are very talented, I hope to see more of your great art.

Amanda from United States wrote:May 21, 2007

I love this image, it always puts me in a mood that i want to go dive into a book and go to another world for a little bit. Or maybe the mood where you want to go lay down and dream about "what could be". Anything is possible with the mind. Great image. =)

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