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 Bear and Shaman http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/bear-and-shaman <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/bear-and-shaman"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/466518/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Part of my "30 Drawings in 30 Days" project (<a href="http://tamtasticart.blogspot.com/search/label/30D%5E2">link</a>), this piece is inspired by my foray into shamanism and the great Goddess cults of our human past. Bear is credited with bringing fire to humans. Folk have literally followed Bear and learned of herbs and safe forage, thus Bear is considered a wise teacher and often is associated with healing herbs. The mysterious habits of Bear, especially those revolving around pregnancy and cub-rearing, have also lead to many considering her a fine mother and nurturing spirit to follow. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:09:34 -0500 Hippocampus http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/hippocampus <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/hippocampus"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/466517/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Created from an older sketch during my "30 Drawings in 30 Days" project (<a href="http://tamtasticart.blogspot.com/search/label/30D%5E2">link</a>), this creature is one of my favorite mythological beings. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:09:33 -0500 Bluebeard's Key http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/bluebeard--s-key <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/bluebeard--s-key"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/466516/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Another drawing I created as part of my "30 Drawings in 30 Days" project (<a href="http://tamtasticart.blogspot.com/search/label/30D%5E2">link</a>), this piece was inspired by the many "Bluebeard" fairy tales, especially Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes' retelling in her book <u>Women Who Run With The Wolves.</u> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:09:32 -0500 Hephaestus http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/hephaestus <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/hephaestus"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/466372/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Inspired by a recent exploration of the archetype of the wounded healer. This is one of my first projects working with alcohol markers. You can view a time-lapse of the creation of this image at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpaXFzLHUI0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:22:32 -0500 My Weird (with landscape) http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/my-weird-with-landscape <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/my-weird-with-landscape"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/466371/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />As I have explored the deeper reaches of my own inner world this figure appeared to me again; it became apparent that this was my ally, my Weird. So named as the constant sniping comments from without became a mantra ("You're weird...you're weird..." became "your weird....your weird....my weird...my Weird), I feel brave and capable having made the acquaintance of this character from my psyche. Inspired by a recent exploration of the archetype of the wounded healer. This is one of my first projects working with alcohol markers. You can view a time-lapse of the creation of this image at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpaXFzLHUI0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:22:31 -0500 Whiskers http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/whiskers <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/whiskers"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/452125/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />I created this piece as part of an ongoing challenge I am undertaking to create 30 Drawings in 30 Days. This three-tailed beauty is my constant companion, he shows up again and again in my work and he has come to personify my creative spirit. I don't know his name yet, so for now I might just call him Whiskers ;-) You can find out more about my project at <a href="http://tamtasticart.blogspot.com/">my blog.</a> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:29:50 -0400 The Innocent http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/the-innocent <a href="http://shadowness.com/t4mk4t/the-innocent"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/441053/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Inspired by Carol S. Pearson's <u>Awakening the Heroes Within</u> this drawing depicts the archetype known as the Innocent. We all start as Innocents, trusting in our parents friends, teachers and institutions and while this is a warm place to be, staying here forever would be detrimental to our psychological growth. The Innocent I depicted is full of faith in the magickal, hence the unicorn. We never really put away our innocence entirely, however, and holding on to a certain amount of faith is healthy... <br><br>Yes, I still believe in unicorns. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:59:35 -0400 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