Shadowness - AruarianDancer Mitzi Sato-Wiuff (Aruarian Dancer) is a fantasy artist, fusing her traditional line art done in pen on paper with digital coloring technique which pro... en Reverie <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Ink, watercolor, & acrylic on bristol vellum (140 lb.) 9" x 12". Painted for the Enchanted Visions Project's old theme "Emergence". ©Mitzi Sato-Wiuff 2013 <a href="">My Facebook page</a> <a href="">My Etsy shop</a> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 01:46:45 -0400 The Dark Bride <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Ink & watercolor on bristol vellum (140 lb.) 8.5" x 11". Painted for the upcoming themed auction at the Femme Thou Art Collective facebook page. ( The theme is Grimm's Fairy Tales. My piece's inspiration comes from an obscure tale titled "The White Bride and The Black One", in which, the antagonists (mother & daughter) of the tale are turned "as black as night, as ugly as sin", but with the help of the mother's black magic, the daughter manages to deceive the king into marrying her. Worked in a looser style than usual and with black only, except for just a hint of color on her lips and diseased patches of skin. I'm not sure if a scanner was able to capture the subtle colors... ©Mitzi Sato-Wiuff 2013 <a href="">My Etsy shop</a> <a href="">My Facebook page</a> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:52:49 -0400 Red Poppies <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Ink & watercolor 5" x 7" (approx. 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm). The third in my series of images featuring poppies. I generally enjoy drawing/painting flowers and poppies are one of my recurring motifs that show up in many of my fantasy pieces. ©Mitzi Sato-Wiuff 2013 <a href="">My Facebook Art Page</a> <a href="">My Etsy Shop</a> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 19:21:32 -0400 Flora <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Ink & watercolor 5" x 7". The sketch was originally done in spring during one of the Sketch Fest events that I participated in. Back then I had a completely different color scheme in mind, but I never got to finish inking and coloring until just recently. Now that the leaves are changing color, I was inspired to go with muted golden tones rather than green for this piece. ©Mitzi Sato-Wiuff 2013 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:13:07 -0400 White Lady <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />"White Lady" in ink & watercolor on vellum (140 lb.) 8.5" x 11". One of the artist collectives that I belong to is going to have an originals auction event, and the theme chosen was "White Lady". Thought of the ghost story of a lady in white as well as the Angolan White Lady butterfly. ©Mitzi Sato-Wiuff 2013 <a href="">My Facebook page</a> <a href="">My Etsy shop</a> <a href="">Femme Though Art Collective</a> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 00:27:49 -0400 White Poppy <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Ink & watercolor on vellum 5" x 7" ©Mitzi Sato-Wiuff 2013 Following the Himalayan Blue in the poppy series, this piece was originally started for "White Lady" and I had several different choices of approaches, but in the end, she came out. The process/journey is always interesting, arriving at a destination new and unintended, finding something strange and unexpected along the way... ^^ Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:54:05 -0400 Himalayan Blue <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Ink & watercolor on vellum (140 lb) 5" x 7". Haven't posted anything in a long while. I have been doing a lot of traditional work, but most of them have been ACEOs -- maybe I'll make a compilation image and post as a collection rather than posting them individually. I get asked to draw/paint red poppies a lot. I wanted a change of pace in color scheme as well as approach. I'm pleased with the way this one turned out. For those who are not familiar with blue poppies, they do exist. Many species of Meconopsis are found in the Himalayas, and there is a species of blue poppy (Welsh Poppy) indigenous to England, Wales, Ireland, and western Europe. I think they're quite lovely. ©Mitzi Sato-Wiuff 2013 <a href="">My facebook page</a> <a href="">My Etsy</a> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:04:19 -0400 Black Lace Angelfish <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />An ink drawing of a whimsical angelfish with lace fins. The idea for this came to me when I saw a prompt "Black Lace" at April 2013's Sketch Fest. I had the feeling the prompter had something sexy with a female figure involved in mind, but I thought of a variety of angelfish called "Black Lace" and immediately had a mental image. I quite like the way this turned out. Would love to do a series of fish with lacy fins. ©Mitzi Sato-Wiuff 2013 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:17:28 -0400 Anima Sola <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />The monthly theme for May 2013 for the Enchanted Visions Project is "Anima Sola", Latin for "Lonely Soul". I was not familiar with this notion at all before this theme was posted, so I had to do a bit of research (as usual, actually... ^^; ). Wiki: "Based on Roman Catholic tradition, the Anima Sola or Lonely Soul is an image depicting a soul in purgatory, popular in Latin America, as well as much of Andalusia, Naples and Palermo." The overwhelming majority of images associated with this idea depicts a dark haired woman looking up heavenward with shackled arm(s) raised upwards, standing in flames, sometimes with prison cell as the background. Many interpretations in various traditions exist. There's lots of information available if one so decides to delve deeper into the meaning of this concept. I had a hard time getting started on this theme (But miraculously managed to finish well ahead of the deadline... How does that work?). ^^; I thought it was a little too restrictive for my liking and I just wanted to get the theme done for the project for its sake (Not the most artistically inspired moment there. lol). I decided to go with the loose style (so I can get this done quickly), where I do a pencil rough, scan it, and then go straight to coloring in Corel Painter without inking over the pencil lines. The pencil sketch went through many revisions because the more I thought about the notion, my images drifted from "Anima Sola" to what appeared more like a "Lost Soul". XD The flowers at one point looked really weird, and although it was amusing to me, I came to the conclusion that the overall image was looking irrelevant to the theme and I had to readjust. ^^; This is the challenge with narrow themes -- deciding how much 'me' to bring to the table while still making the image coherent to the theme. Since I wanted something a little different from most of the "Anima Sola" images that pull up in image searches, the flames of purgatory are represented by the red poppies, and she loosely wears chains rather than having shackled wrists. I gave her eyes and expression that are hard to read, not weeping of loneliness nor looking hopefully up at the heaven with salvation within reach. Maybe she's a lonely soul on the verge of becoming a lost soul. ©Mitzi Sato-Wiuff/Aruarian Dancer 2013 Visit my facebook art page for monthly giveaways! --> <a href="">Fantasy Art of Mitzi</a> My art site --> <a href="">Aurora Wings</a> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:14:35 -0400 Metanoia <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />"Metanoia" for Enchanted Visions Project's theme, "Changes". Line art in ink on vellum (9"x12"). Scanned image digitally colored free hand on Intuos 3 tablet with Corel Painter. Metanoia in the title refers to the term used in Carl Jung's theory of psychology -- it denotes a process of reforming the psyche as a form of self healing, a proposed explanation for the phenomenon of psychotic breakdown. The various Noh masks express different characters as well as emotional states. I could have given her any mask to hold, but I let her pick the Hannya mask (a demon, which is usually a transformed form of a woman, triggered by anger, jealousy, etc.) here. My father had a genuine carved wood Hannya mask as a part of his art collection in Japan and I remember, as a child, I couldn't look at it because it scared me so much. ^^; These days, they're more creepy than scary to me. All of these masks. XD I have been doing a lot of traditional pieces in small scales lately, so I wanted to do something kind of over-the-top with this theme. It took me a while to finish inking the line art, and then even longer for the digital coloring. The kimono textile patterns were all hand drawn. I like doing tedious things like this the old-fashioned way every once in a while. It's like a meditation to me. ©Mitzi Sato-Wiuff/Aruarian Dancer 2013 <a href="">My web site</a> <a href="">My Facebook art page</a> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:37:03 -0400