Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation

First of all, I hate to start out on an unpleasant note, but if you look closely at this new illustration you will notice a watermark. It is not something I enjoy doing, but felt it had to be done. I love sharing my illustrations with everyone, but have been extremely disappointed and frustrated to discover some websites and Facebook pages have downloaded my work, removed my signature and website information, then use the illustrations to promote their sites and pages. Several hours of planning and work go into each one of my pieces, so you can imagine how irritating it is to basically have your hard work stolen and misrepresented by individuals that have no problem violating copyright laws.

It’s disappointing that I have had to resort to this, because everyone else has been so wonderful! I truly appreciate your support and enthusiasm for my work. But then again, I do feel the need to protect what I have spent large amounts of time creating. So, I have tried to make the horrible watermarks as unobtrusive as possible. I hope you all understand why it has to be done and I hope you will all still enjoy the illustrations. 🙂

Now…let’s get on with something more enjoyable, shall we? 🙂

Throughout the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, Christian Grey feels he has an emotional need to control and dominate. The playroom plays a large part of it and satisfies a need in him, stemming from the horrors he experienced as a child. While it may sound as if this particular room at Escala fulfills a purely selfish indulgence for Christian, the dynamic seems to change a bit once Anastasia enters his life.

One particular scene that seemed to illustrate this change occurs in the playroom when Christian incorporates the music of Thomas Tallis into a session with Ana. Instead of turning out to be an experience purely for Christian’s enjoyment, instead he is actually quite giving and generous…and it turns out to be a special first for both of them… I chose to attempt to capture the moment when “Spem In Alium” is put on repeat… 😉

Since Ana was inexperienced in the broadest sense of the word, Christian was very sensitive to this fact and made sure that all aspects of the session were made clear to her before it began. While I’m sure it had as much to do with him being careful not to scare her off, it did show quite a bit of patience and care. It’s quite safe to assume that no explanations on Christian’s part were ever necessary with any of the subs he took to the playroom before he met Ana. Nor were they expected. So, it was interesting to see how meticulous he was while setting everything up, explaining what was basically going to occur and making certain that the safe words were in place. His reassurance that there was no risk of pain and that her fear was mostly in her mind was most certainly never needed in his earlier relationships. A great departure from his past, yet done with no hesitation or reservations.

Christian derived much pleasure during this session in the Red Room of Pain with Ana, much as he derived pleasure in the past with others. However, with Ana he made certain that it was a extremely intense, yet extremely enjoyable experience for her. It was no longer just an opportunity to satisfy his own needs, but was a moment to share with a partner.

Later we learn that it was also a first for them both. Of course participating in a session like this on the large 4-poster bed in the playroom was an obvious first for Ana! But Christian admits that he had always wanted to use Tallis as a soundtrack while having sex, but somehow never had in the past. Yet, he only actually accomplishes this with Ana. Perhaps it had been a long-standing desire, and the fact that he finally decided to try it with her is another example of his special feelings for her.

While this all occurred fairly early on in their relationship, we all know there are many more ‘firsts’ to come…

-Victoria

 

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31 Responses to Music Appreciation

  1. Holly

    I love all of your work, thanks for sharing

    • admin

      Hi Holly! It’s my pleasure, and thank you for taking time to look at my illustrations! I’m very happy that you are enjoying them 🙂
      -Victoria

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  3. Nancy

    so sorry that you have had to resort to such great lengths to preserve your “patent”. whatever you need to do won’t spoil anything for me. Absolutely love this. spot on, as usual. I check every day to see if you have posted something, although I know your time frame. You NEVER disappoint me.

  4. Nancy

    whatever you need to do protect your “patent”…do it. Doesn’t bother me a bit. as usual, you are spot on and I think it is fabulous! I check each day, but have “sort of” figured out your time frame and know how much time you spend on these illustrations must be unbelievable! Very much appreciated.

  5. Nancy

    1 more comment: I also know you must spend a great deal of time figuring out how you are going to “word” your explanations for each illustration. you are quite the remarkable woman!

    • admin

      Hi Nancy! Thanks so much for all your comments and support! It’s very nice to hear that you appreciate the time and effort that goes into each piece…as well as the posts that accompany them! I didn’t intend to really write much when I posted pieces to this site, but all kinds of thoughts come to me as I work on the illustrations. 🙂 Thanks for continuing to visit!
      -Victoria

  6. Catherine

    Oooh, very erotic – love it. You certainly succeeded in keeping the watermark unobtrusive – I hadn’t even noticed it until I read the text (perhaps a trip to the optician is in order LOL)! Who would’ve thought we’d suddenly be ‘into’ 16th century church choral music, but I love it! Have enjoyed listening to the FSoG Classic Album whilst re-reading the books, playing the right bits in the right places – saddo! 🙂

    • admin

      Hi Catherine! hahhaha! I’m sure your eyes are fine–but I’m glad the watermark isn’t too distracting 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the illo! I bet you aren’t alone playing the appropriate classical music track that match the part of the book you are reading! I’m sure it adds a whole new dimension to the experience! (as we learned…music can add a whole new experience to a lot of things…) 😉
      -Victoria

  7. Love it again, as well as your analysis of the scene. I was going to ask what was playing, but know I know.

    Sorry to hear people are more then borrowing your work, that is very frustrating.

    • admin

      Thanks Crissy! I’m glad you enjoyed the illo as well my rambling! 😉 I know it’s crazy, but I went as far as to look up the Tallis album art and did a rough version of it on the iPod screen. I drew the line at actually printing out all the text, time, etc…especially since I knew the iPod would be very tiny in the final artwork! hahaha! Yes, it is very frustrating finding out about those particular sites and pages, but I suppose that’s just the nature of the internet, unfortunately.
      -Victoria

  8. Bia

    Oh my! I loooooove this part of the book! I looooove “Spem in Alium”! I wonder this scene in the movie. You have imagined? 😛
    So, I have a secret group on facebook and I always public your work, but I never removed your signature or site. Just yesterday, a friend of mine posted one of your illustrations and I commented to her that you are super cool and always responds to my comments. 🙂

    • admin

      Hi Bia! I’m glad I picked a scene that you really enjoyed reading! I hope I did it justice for you! 🙂 I think they could really do a great scene for this in the movie…we shall have to wait and see! Ooo…a secret facebook page, huh? LOL 😉 Thank you for sharing my work! I love it when people share, and I know you’d never be the type of person I wrote about in my post 🙂 Thanks again for your very sweet comments!
      -Victoria

      • Bia

        You have no idea of the things we talk about in the group! LOL That’s why it’s secret. 😛
        I’ve been through this thing of stolen photos… Some people have used the photos of my products, it’s very annoying.

        • admin

          Ooo…intrigued… LOL! Very sorry to hear you had content stolen as well. It’s very frustrating, isn’t it?! Oh, btw, I checked out your site. Wow!!! Filled with so many wonderful and creative things! Some of those fabrics you’ve used are *so* cute!!! Great work! 🙂
          -Victoria

          • Bia

            Oh thanks! I’m glad you liked! I’m a fabric addict! LOL

          • admin

            Oh, your work is amazing! 🙂 I love fabric too…but I am horrible at sewing. I get so frustrated! I have a lot of fabric stored away that I have never used! I should take a sewing class…LOL! It’d be a dream to be able to make my own clothes. So many designs in my head, but no way to get them out! 🙂
            -Victoria

  9. Marina

    Oh my God I love it! You are so acertive in each and every aspect. You know Im a big fan of both your work and your writting with each of your work.
    Congrats for this piece is great!!!
    Thanks for sharing 😀

    • admin

      I’m so glad you really liked this new piece Marina! 😀 Thank you so much for your support!<3 I really appreciate it, and am so glad you are enjoying what you find here!
      -Victoria

  10. Tiffany

    Hi there–wow! amazing, simply put. love, love it. just as i imagined it 🙂

    sorry to hear people are stealing your work, that sucks. I didn’t really notice the watermark, until, I read your writing 🙂
    thanks for sharing. incredible work!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • admin

      Hi Tiffany! Gosh! Thanks for that very enthusiastic thumbs up! So glad you liked it!!!:D
      I’m glad the watermarks weren’t getting in the way for you. If it prevents future misuse of my work and still doesn’t distract anyone from enjoying the piece, then I am very happy!
      It is always my pleasure to share with everyone! Thank you again for your very sweet words! 🙂
      -Victoria

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  12. Inbal

    That was absolutely one of the strongest scenes in the book, and you illustrated it perfectly.

    Music is such a strong motif in the trilogy, not only in erotic sex scenes but in general.
    It took a while before I knew of the classical collection CD of FSOG, and when I did, I’ve already read the entire trilogy, and found myself matching the tracks with the scenes, making them even more intense.
    Love it!

    • admin

      Thanks so much, Inbal! I wanted to attempt an illustration of this scene for quite a while, but wasn’t feeling very confident with the ideas I was having about it. Finally I just decided to begin and see what happens. So, I’m really pleased to hear that you enjoyed the outcome! There were so many elements to the scene, so it made it very unique. I agree–it was one of the stronger scenes of the trilogy. Speaking of the music, I’m not sure you’re aware of it, but the author has most, if not all of the tracks mentioned in the trilogy organized as playlists on YouTube! She has even broken them down by book and has short notations where the song appears in the books! I think you can find the direct links on her official website. 🙂
      -Victoria

      • Inbal

        My pleasure 🙂

        as for your comment about the music: Cool! I wasn’t aware of the playlists on youtube, I will look for them.
        I kinda like to figure it out myself, but sometimes it’s too hard to remember exactly when and where they’re mentioned.
        Thanks!

      • Inbal

        Thanks!
        I found the play lists 🙂
        And I’m glad to make you happy with my comments.

        • admin

          Hi Inbal! Oh, I’m glad you found the playlists! It makes it a little easier when all the tracks are in one place. 🙂 Now you are all set with the appropriate tunes while you read!
          -Victoria

  13. Sheila

    I understand why you put those watermarks. Your work is hard, and peronal, and it takes long time. You are ir your right. I enjoy it very much and I wouldn´t like you stop sharing it due to those indisspectful people who stole it.
    You have all my respect and support.
    Best wishes.

    • admin

      Thank you for being understanding and for your support, Sheila. I really appreciate it. 🙂 I really don’t like putting watermarks on my work, but try to make minimize their distraction as much as possible. It was really disappointing that I felt the need to do it. But, I am so happy to hear that you are still enjoying my illos, even with the watermarks. Thanks again! 🙂
      -Victoria

  14. A. Sue

    your watermark actually add a genuine originality to your illustrations. I actually love them 🙂 And god you added more sensuality to the scene than it’s already is. sooo hot! great job.

    • admin

      Aw, thanks so much for being understanding 🙂 Hahahaha Wow, and thank you so much for the lovely comments! Really glad you enjoyed the illo!
      -Victoria

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