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At the end of June 2010 my dearest friend Elena Malec, uploaded a poem she wrote in 1997, which touched my spirit profoundly.
I read it, and immediately visualized a painting based on the deep message of it.

Shortly after, Elena honored me with the request of doing a painting based on her poem.

I felt very flattered and immeasurable happy. I knew that the idea of how I will do this is already in my mind.

Now, I felt the time was here to finalize this project and I created this painting for Elena!


Please take minute to read my source of inspiration:

Vademecum – a survival kit
by Elena Malec

I would hold my eyes between my teeth
like a killer his knife
while he is tying up his victim.
In this way I can walk
almost safe
among the fittest;
and no one would know
I am but a Schöne Seele,

and no one would tell me:
watch out.
Who would bother with a cubist


This is my first painting of 2011…:)


Acrylic and Water Color on Canvas, 12/16in

Links to Challenges I WON with this piece:

For submition to the CHALLENGE WINNERS VAULT:

“See the “Forum Topic” posted by the host, mando13, in the “Group Messages” of the "60’s GLORY” Group, here


  1. 60’s GLORY Group’s WHAT’S HAPPENING ? Challenge, on February 25th, 2011


  1. The Group group’s DESTINY Chalenge
    on April 25, 20011


This painting was ONE OF THE WINNERS (TIE!!!) in the “60’s GLORY” Group’s “WHAT’S HAPPENING ?” Challenge on February 25th, 2011!!!

This painting was THE WINNER in the “THE GROUP” Group’s “DESTINY” Challenge on April 25th, 2011!!!

This painting was FEATURED in the “60’s GLORY” Group, on March 03, 2011

This painting was THE WINNER in the “THE GROUP” Group’s “DESTINY” Challenge on April 25th, 2011!!!

This painting was FEATURED in the “The Virtual Museum” Group, on July 31, 2011

This painting was FEATURED in the “VIRTUAL MUSEUM” Group, alongside with 11 more works of mine, on December 03, 2011

This painting had the special HONOR of being added to the “PERMANENT FEATURE PAGE”, in the “VIRTUAL MUSEUM” Group, when I was chosen for the WEEKEND SHOWCASE 13 – ELISABETA HERMANN event, on December 03, 2011!!!


  • linaji
    linajialmost 4 years ago

    My Goodness, congrats first of all and then some, what an intriguing poem, one I shall have to re-read as I can feel it’s sting. Your work brings about much for me to view and think of too.. Oh wow Betty, what a treat today!!

  • My dearest Lina,
    You have no idea how much happiness you brought in my heart with your gorgeous comment.
    These words coming from YOU are the proof that I reached my goal with this painting.
    Thank you more than words can express…:)

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 4 years ago

    Wow indeed Betty this work is powerful and deeply emotionally engaging. Brilliant my dear friend.

  • Thank you so much my dearest friend.
    I had really hoped you will stop by my newest work and leave a comment…:)
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart, my dear…:)

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • eMalec
    eMalecalmost 4 years ago

    It has been, dearest friend, my most precious gift I ever received and your art makes me proud and very honored. I will never find words to express my gratitude for this great piece of art you so beautifully interpreted.

  • The fact that you are happy is enough for me…:)
    Was my pleasure my dearest Elena…:)
    I am the one who feels honored for this opportunity.

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...almost 4 years ago

    Dear Betty, so good to see you doing some new work..God bless you..this wonderful…your poem is really somthing else just as you always wonderful painting..great!! super dear Betty!!

  • Thank you so much my dearest friend Sherry.
    I am sooooooooooooo glad you like my first painting of this year…:)
    The poem was written by Elena Malec, who honored me with her request to paint it.
    Thank you again for your continuous support and encouragement, in ART and in LIFE.
    Hugs a million,

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...almost 4 years ago

    Betty dear, I am thrilled for you that you have the time now to do your beautiful gave yourself to redbubble for a good its your turn for us to support you…love and huggs dear Elisabeta

  • I am working on 2 more paintings now…:)))

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • banrai
    banraialmost 4 years ago

    remarkable poem, superb painting… best to you in 2011 Elisabeta

  • Thank you so much…:)
    I did not create almost anything significant about a loooong time now. Some personal issues stopped me.
    I was hoping so much to hear your feedback, which is very, very important to me, banrai…:)
    Thank you more than words can express for your wonderful comment and for the Fav.
    It means a world to me.

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • My best wishes to you too for 2011, immeasurable successes in your BRILLIANT ART and in your LIFE!

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunteralmost 4 years ago

    Szia Betty, Lenyűgöző az új munkád is! Gratulálok!
    Holnap szólok is Anyumnak, hogy fordítsa le nekem amit a képhez írtál.

  • Szia Istvan,
    Igazan nagyon orulok hogy tetszik az uj munkam…:)…plane hogy nem is erted a azt amit a kephez irtam. Ez nagyon sokkat jelent nekem es nagyon sok oromott okoz.
    Igen, jobb lessz ha anyukad forditsa majd le neked, mert elege nehez lenne nekem hogy elmagyarazzam; a tema mely es Elena Malec-nak a versere irtam. Egy nagyon sokkat mondo, erdekes es absztrakt betekintes a mai szomoru realitasba.
    A verset persze itt a leirasban idezem…:)
    Kivanom a legjobbakat, mint mindeg,

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • sky   princess
    sky princessalmost 4 years ago

    wow amazing work, dear Betty … Great poem …

  • Thank you from all my heart my dearest Eman.
    The painting is the interpretation of Elena’s poem…:)
    I am very, very happy you like them…:)
    Hugs a million,

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • Miriam Morgan
    Miriam Morganalmost 4 years ago

    Betty, this work is astounding, deep, really amazing. I’m so glad to see you painting again!!


  • My dearest Miriam,
    How happy I am reading your beautiful comment!…:)
    Thank you so much! I am very, very happy you like my first painting of this year…:)

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago

    This is bamazing work betty full 0f the poems vision great work my frirend !!!!!@LIz

  • I am soooooooo glad you like this piece, my dearest friend Liz…:)
    Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement and for the Fav…:)
    Love and Hugs,

    – Elisabeta Hermann

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