Shadowness - t4mk4t http://shadowness.com I prefer to work in colored pencils and my muses are mythology and nature. I create in celebration of Self, for myself; its my way of healing. I welco... en Sunshine of Your Love http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/sunshine-of-your-love <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/sunshine-of-your-love"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/364916/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br /><i>It's gettin' near dawn, When lights close their tired eyes. I'll soon be with you my love, To give you my dawn surprise. I'll be with you, darling, soon, I'll be with you when the stars start falling. I've been waiting so long To be where I'm going In the sunshine of your love.</i> ~Cream This song is meaningful to my husband and I; I created this intuitive painting with him in my heart. Acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16" Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:07:52 -0400 Wyngs of Gold http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/wyngs-of-gold <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/wyngs-of-gold"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/364553/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br /><i>Look deep into these eyes of love; what is it that you seek? Passions on the wyngs of dove; glittering goddess hand from above? All the mortal longings of the soul; flying on these Wyngs of Gold...</i> ~t4mk4t This piece was created as a gift for my brother and his wife on their wedding anniversary--it was inspired by an older sketch of mine, and the even older snippet of poem I wrote above. I used a triadic color scheme to complete his watercolor painting over ink lineart. Watercolor and Micron pens on 9" x 12" watercolor paper Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:12:51 -0400 Sleepwalker's Dream http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/sleepwalker--s-dream <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/sleepwalker--s-dream"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/354253/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br /><i>"Close your eyes for the night is falling, Fear no dark for it's warm and safe, And looks familiar as it comes approaching. Come with me and I will take you... "A world beyond the sleep, beyond what's real; A safely hidden sphere away from our daily reality. Truth lies out there..."</i> --Delain When I was going back through my old stuff in search of <a href="http://tamtasticart.blogspot.com/2013/05/personal-symbols.html">personal symbols</a> I found this piece, inked and uncolored and decided I had to color it! I used a triadic color scheme and realized that watercolors are actually a lot more forgiving than I originally thought. I also learned that bristol board doesn't take as much abuse as watercolor paper! I find it ironic that--while I use an average of 25+ colors for each colored pencil piece I do--I created this piece with only three colors plus white. Sleepwalker's Dream, 12" x 15" ink (2003) and watercolor (2013) Mon, 08 Jul 2013 08:15:33 -0400 Meerkat Shaman http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/meerkat-shaman-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/meerkat-shaman-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/347447/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />It's finally done! The Meerkat Shaman! Photos of progress can be found <a href="http://tamtasticart.blogspot.com/">here.</a> This is the first piece in a series I have begun in order to build a body of work and refine my drawing skills. The series will feature portraits of various animals displayed with mystic symbols drawn from the legends, myths and stories which surround them in their native land. I chose the meerkat as my first subject and--ironically--was not able to find any lore related to this curious and fiercely family-oriented animal. Thus, the mystical elements are from my own imagination. Colored pencils and watercolor; 5.5" x 8.5" Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:44:03 -0400 As the Crow Glides http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/as-the-crow-glides <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/as-the-crow-glides"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/343830/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />This image appeared to me--oddly enough--while being derided by my peers for my eccentricities (the least of which is using archaic speech). The subject was planned but the background evolved spontaneously after I completed the crow; I rather like it as it reminds me of an old-tyme children's book illustration. 8" x 5", colored pencils Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:49:32 -0400 Shakin' Off Winter http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/shakin-off-winter-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/shakin-off-winter-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/338306/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br /><i>She emerges from her den, eyes squinting as the sunlight glances off the last remnants of snow left behind by winter storms. Her stomach rumbles mightily but it is her thirst she answers to first; into a nearby stream she lazily slides, mouth open to gulp the fresh, chill water. She rolls and splashes playfully, warming her limbs with activity much needed after her hibernation. She drinks more water before pulling herself from the stream, shaking vigorously to rid herself of the water and the stagnation of winter.</i> Spring is calling to all of us; how does she speak to you? 8.5" x 5.5" watercolor, coffee/tea staining and colored pencils on 90lb paper Wed, 15 May 2013 23:55:51 -0400 For the Love of Spring http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/for-the-love-of-spring-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/for-the-love-of-spring-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/335807/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />A pair of freehand drawings I created while experimenting with combining watercolor pencils and color pencils. If rabbits could jump for joy, this is what I think it would look like! Both drawings 4" x 3", watercolor pencils & color pencils Wed, 08 May 2013 00:34:07 -0400 Spirit Tree http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/spirit-tree <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/spirit-tree"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/335418/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />A freehand, emotional painting created on a recent "Girl's Night Out." We visited a local art studio for a two-hour class in which we were prompted to create "ornament trees." The immediate immersion without time spent planning or sketching allowed me to overcome the "fear of the white paper/canvas" and restored faith in my ability to create with acrylics! It was a very rewarding experience and I hope to create more works like this in time. Acrylics on canvas 15.5" x 27.75" Mon, 06 May 2013 17:14:04 -0400 On the Nimbus of Dreams http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/on-the-nimbus-of-dreams <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/on-the-nimbus-of-dreams"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/306318/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />This fantasy piece is based on the <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/arctic-fox-2">line art I created</a> from a <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/arctic-fox-snow/">photograph of an Arctic fox by Stephen Oachs, National Geographic.</a>. If it looks familiar to you then you may be a gamer; the background elements and color scheme were inspired both by Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and World of Warcraft: Pandaria (I just finished playing the former while my husband plays the latter). ;-) Fun fact: I used 29 colors in this piece, and it took me about that many hours to complete (erm, I work slowly). 8.5" x 6", Prismacolors on 70lb drawing paper Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:53:04 -0500 Knowledge http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/knowledge <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/knowledge"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/303982/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />It can be said that in our psyche there are many doors; the key to these is the right question. The process of individuation, or building Soul, requires that we do the hard work of finding the keys so that we may unlock these doors and see what there is to see... Perhaps the hardest part of this is enduring what we find inside...what we have glimpsed we cannot ignore; the little token key will bleed profusely unless we face the horrors behind the door and take action to deal with them. We build Soul and strengthen our animus when we can face these "horrors," see the energies for what they are, deconstruct them and then rebuild them into something useful. I have been immersed in this sort of thing lately, and while re-reading C. P. Estes' <u>Women Who Run with the Wolves</u> (1995) the image of this key came to me. I saw it as a good opportunity to explore myself, redirect some energy into creating and to discover the capabilities of my new Wacom tablet. I first sketched the key on paper, then traced over the drawing on the tablet before painting completely over the original line work. I am mostly pleased with the way it came out and am encouraged to do more work with the tablet; for future works I would like to challenge myself to create more depth by using a wider range of values...your critique is most welcome. :grin GIMP Fri, 25 Jan 2013 01:18:22 -0500