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Underworld nymphs by Arbetta Underworld nymphs by Arbetta
I'm so sorry... I know have to finish the Muses and the Greek Olympic gods... but I just can't find the time right now, I have a lot to study and one of the Muses and one of the gods are being very difficult to paint! I guess that's the thing you call "art block", hm? (*goes to cry in a corner*)

Anyway, I put four nice ladies here, all of them quite unknown, and all from the... yessssss... the UNDERWORLD! Lovely place! They are:

Orphne/Gorgyra is a representation of the darkness of the river Styx, the river of hatred. But she doesn't hate you ;)
Minthe/Mente is also a Naiad, of the river Cocytus, the river of wailing. There are many stories explaining why she was turned into the mint plant, all of them concerning Persephone being jealous of her (kind of) affair with Hades (:omg: I hope he didn't do it!).
Leuce, or Leuka, is a representation of the white poplar. Long before Persephone became his wife, Leuce was the dear lover of Hades. She was an Oceanid who went to live with him to the Underworld for many years… and then died (yes, it can happen to nymphs, maybe due to her changing water for THE UNDERWORRRLD!). A very sad Hades then turned her into the white poplar, a tree which became sacred for him from that moment on and grew in the Elysian Fields. When Hercules travelled to the Underworld and returned, he crowned himself with white poplar leaves. It is a symbol of a peaceful afterlife and a memory of those we love... (*cries again*)
Lastly, we have one of the many Lampades, a group of sisters who were the companions of the witchcraft goddess Hecate (here: [link]). They hold torches to light the way in the night and their lights were feared, as they could drive a man to madness! Nice gurls! :dummy:

Well, that was a lot of useless information! If you've read it, thank you so much :hug: (it was already in my tumblr, I cheated!)

I hope you like these dark ladies :meow:
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sofia3180 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
I think Minthe actually set out to seduce Hades after seeing his golden chariot but then Persephone intervened and changed her to mint. I really love the representations here, especially the Lampad!
Cupcakequeen16 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
They all look amazing! That last one creep me out though, but it's still good!
SilkenHeart Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
LOVE them; I would love to see you do Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos together. Also a Gorgon would be really cool!
kata0830 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Love your nymphs i am a fanatic of legendary creatures! :D
TheEmeraldMasquerade Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your nymphs! They are all so beautiful and embody perfectly the river or the element they are realted to. I didn't know the rivers of the Underworld have nymphs and so I'm very happy to learn new things about mythologies since I absolutely love them. ^-^
Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so great to see lesser-known gods get drawn! Where did you get that version of the myth of Leuce, where she is a lover of Hades before Persephone? I have only heard versions where she happened after Persephone. I really love how creative these interpretations are. :)
WarriorNun Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always see Hades as the type of man who genuinely respects women (human or otherwise) but his only experience with one is with Leuce (I always thought of her as his first) and really uncomfortable of the persistence of Minthe.  
Pinkcaramel68 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
I absolulty LOVE the  first and second one omg. 
The first one is so dark but has beauty ans she has this shyness, beautiful. She's the styx alright :D
The second one is so cheeky and cute omg wow! 
And the third one is so pretty!
xpictinaki Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Just love them!  Keep on creating!
Realms-Master Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Goodness, I love all of your Greek/Roman mythology art! Since I was a kid i've been fascinated with mythology, primarily Greek/Roman, Egyptian and Nordic, and it's so much fun to see all of your illustrations! I was thrilled to read the Percy Jackson/Kane series(s) because the author uses actual, factual mythology in his books.
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