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Quatrain 7 by Himmapaan Quatrain 7 by Himmapaan
Quatrain VII

Come fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
The Winter Garment of Repentence fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To fly - and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.


I had decided against posting this one here at first, but was somehow persuaded otherwise by the approach of spring. I shall probably find I ought to have listened to my first judgement...

As with the illustration to quatrain IX, I again drew from Persian mythology for this; this time choosing the Huma bird as the subject. It is a creature of fortune who bestows kingship and flies without ever coming to rest. In some variations of its legends, it is said, like the phoenix, to consume itself in flames and rise again. I felt that it might serve for the metaphorical 'Bird of Time' of the quatrain.


lllustration for the 150th anniversary edition of Edward FitzGerald's translation of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, published by The Folio Society, in a limited edition of 1,000 copies (edition sold out): [link]

Watercolours and gouache highlights on Arches Hot Pressed watercolour paper, 140lbs/300 gsm; 240 x 135mm.

Other illustrations for this book: [link]


Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2009
Please do not reproduce without permission. Thank you.
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whimandwonder Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE the background, and the composition, and oh my goodness the beautiful color scheme for the bird, how that minimal use of the blue POPS.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
wronatwist Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student General Artist
awesome :)
KaynessArt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
the delicacy of your lines and detail and the use of space. it's sooo great!
cynthiacxli Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
absolutely stunning
DiakosRuLz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
trully a MASTERPIECE! :O
trsor7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
So beautiful work !
pedroography Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011   Interface Designer
so stylish and lovely
aysenurvural Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011   Writer
very nice!
mattandersondesign Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
I have been a regular on your livejournal and followed your work for some time now. Words can not express the amount of admiration (and envy) I have for what you create. You are incredible, as is this entire collection of illustrations. Also I would love to own a copy of this book :D
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