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Repainting: Spirit of the Desert

So, a while back I did a painting inspired by going to Milwaukee's Indian Summer Festival and watching the dancers. I was very proud of it, but it lacked contrast. Still, where I was in skill, I hesitated to mess with it. I liked the composition and a lot of other things about it, and didn't want to risk ruining what I'd achieved.

But my skill and my confidence have both improved, in part thanks to @EllenMillion's sketchfest, and so finally, this week, I risked it.

I made almost no actual changes, but I added layers of paint to give it contrast and I added a lot of detail. Before it was very orange. Now it's still very orange, but it's more than that. (I should have thought to take a "before" picture. There might be one on my computer, but I'm tired, and I'm not taking the time to look.)

So, here is my Spirit of the Desert (with a watermark). It's acrylic on a 9 x 12 inch canvass.



Comments welcome! I'm at the *stare at it for a few days to see if it's done* stage.

This entry was originally posted at http://wyld-dandelyon.dreamwidth.org/441620.html. Be welcome to comment wherever you prefer.

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xjenavivex
Jan. 14th, 2017 11:27 am (UTC)

It's beautiful

wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 14th, 2017 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
acelightning
Jan. 14th, 2017 01:23 pm (UTC)
That's very "solar"! Although the dancer seems to be wearing Ojibwe-style feather rosette dance ornaments, and the drummer also looks vaguely Northern, the spirit lizards and the face in the sky are definitely desert-born!
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 14th, 2017 07:39 pm (UTC)
The festival I went to, which was the inspiration for this painting, had a lot of different tribes represented, and many of them were dancing together. I also talked to a couple of dancers, and those particular dancers stressed individual inspiration for their outfits rather than tribal traditions. I doubtless missed a lot of subtlety and significance, but I think that is always the case when you come to another culture as an outsider, especially in a public festival setting. So your analysis is interesting and appreciated.
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seekerval
Jan. 14th, 2017 02:10 pm (UTC)
I like it! This is the time of year when we particularly need color and warmth, and your painting fits the need well. I particularly like the background face and the lightning arrow.

Glad you decided to post this.
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 14th, 2017 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you and you're welcome!
mdlbear
Jan. 14th, 2017 03:56 pm (UTC)
Nice. The image didn't show up in the Dreamwidth post; that may be because LJ is blocking it based on the referrer; when I open it in a separate tab it works.
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 14th, 2017 07:41 pm (UTC)
That's weird. _I_ can see it on DreamWidth

I would have just uploaded it to DW, but they don't seem to have that function. One of these days, I should get an imgur account or something, I suppose. I'm not at all sure what services are best for what purposes, though.
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queenoftheskies
Jan. 14th, 2017 04:47 pm (UTC)
That's absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

I love the colors, and the way the white contrasts with the primary themes.
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 14th, 2017 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you. The white and blue paints are nearly all new.
magenta_girl
Jan. 14th, 2017 06:08 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Is that a Gila monster in the front? (Or Sheila monster, as I insisted on calling them when I was little)
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 14th, 2017 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I don't remember which type of lizard I was looking at. It wasn't a gila monster, but something a little more slender and that had a weirder hind-foot.
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dormouse_in_tea
Jan. 15th, 2017 12:03 am (UTC)
I think this is really awesome.
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 15th, 2017 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
ziasummer
Jan. 16th, 2017 10:24 am (UTC)

Love the colors and it seems both calm and active enough to look at for a bit. I could see putting this in my house.

wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 17th, 2017 01:53 am (UTC)
Thank you. I do hope to sell this painting.
filkferengi
Jan. 20th, 2017 12:50 am (UTC)
Very vibrant, & comprehensive. The color palette's different, but the comprehensiveness of it reminds me of the Jane Yolen book, _Welcome To The Sea Of Sand_. I think you'd like it, especially the artwork.
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 20th, 2017 07:14 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I haven't seen that one, or it doesn't come to mind right now. I'll have to look for it.
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soundofsunlight
Jan. 24th, 2017 05:58 pm (UTC)
That is very beautiful! I love the vibrant colors and the energy in it.
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 25th, 2017 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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