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February 16, 2011
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'That Which is Magic' by RJDaae 'That Which is Magic' by RJDaae
Among the hunted beasts of the British Isles, in days long past, there was no quarry more sought-after than the great Red Deer, the male of which was called a 'hart'. Then, as now, the prowess of a hunter was often judged by how many heads were over his mantle, and how many prongs were on the antlers of said heads. But there was one trophy greater still than even a deer with one hundred branches on its antlers: the White Hart.

White harts (and possibly hinds) were sometimes associated, in legend, with unicorns. ;)

There really are white Red Deer (it's possible in quite a few deer species, actually), and they're really white, not albino.

Acrylic on Bristol board, 14 x 17 inches

Detail picture: [link]
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LolaAnnabel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
I love white harts. Beautiful painting!
RJDaae Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
ForbiddenSongstress Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmn, this sounds very interesting! I remember having the honor of witnessing a wild white doe ( I live in the States) on the way to an amusement park with my high school senior class..Of all the phones on the bus, no one caught a picture of it...But then again, I guess what I saw is entirely different from the passage above...:shrug:
pyewocket Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
I don't know how you could hunt something so lovely as this. I would be like Snow White. I would rather sit with all the animals and let them know my heart was pure and kind. ^^ Then again to this day I am an animal activist :/ so...Perhaps I am like Snow White in a sense of words. ^^. I get calls from one of our vets to take in strange wounded animals. Help them then set them free. It brings me joy and it has also sadden me when some of them don't make it. 
RJDaae Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Me too. :)
morleigh13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
This reminds me of the movie Princess Mononoke. The ethereal air is especially good for that fairy air.
RJDaae Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:lol: Every time I paint deer, they remind someone of Princess Mononoke.
Glad you like it!
pyewocket Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
This picture reminds me of the Hart in the movie "Snow White and the Huntsman" with Kirsten Stewart in it <3 Which yep I so own that movie :)
WinglessFairy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
reminds me of the forest spirt from Princess Mononoke.

Don't take it's head D:
WebberErikPhan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
VERY good!

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