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Close Encounter Within by EmbraceTheInsane Close Encounter Within by EmbraceTheInsane
April 24 2009 - Added a request for critiques.
I have no formal art training and would love any input!

Ok, so.... in a way it's like this....
While exploring an altered state of consciousness in perhaps a different dimension (no, I do not promote or advocate drug use), I found myself at a place of great darkness.
This darkness seemed to be the place where ideas were born before they make it to the physical world. I seemed to have some sort of invested interest in this place, as if it were in me, in my cells and ultimately in us all.
I pondered the idea that perhaps our consciousness does not reside in the physical, but in that which is in between and inside....
...in a nutshell.... lol!

So...
I have worked into this painting my natal chart, an ergot infected being, the idea of material being created from conciousness, healing auras, a colour wheel to represent emotion - which is shaded dark at the bottom to represent the unconsious and lighter at the top to represent the illuminated consciousness. The 'tube' like things often find their way into my mind and my pantings. Here they are again, emmiting 'clouds' of ripe ideas and energy.
...again, in a nutshell....

I will be writing more soon about this subject on my blog - [link] - for those who are interested in hearing or sharing experiences :)

*phew*
Sorry about the spelling and grammar, I'm rushing it.

2009.
Watercolour painting.
No scanner, had to take a picture of it.
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:iconbobitho:
Bobitho Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
wow great colors =D
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JusticeVonBrandt Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
i like this
I love the textured look
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TaNgeriNegreeN1986 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
I like this piece for some reason it reminds me of a Plan for a garden city by Ebenezer Howard. :)
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank you kindly!
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EmersonStem Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
this is great
it is so serene!
lovely colors, and the flower is amazing!
Beautiful!
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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EmersonStem Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
your welcome! :D
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Sapient-Butterfly Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice idea and a lovely painting also :)
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank you kindly!
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yager12 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Intriguing. The elements fail in my connection but the effect it really good =)
"exploring an altered state of consciousness" sounds delicious, hehe.
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Student General Artist
Mmmm, indeed it is delicious!
Thanks for commenting!
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calypsochick Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Cool! Great painting ^^
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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calypsochick Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
No problem! :D
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DrNedlof Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
way cool painting!

you said:
"I pondered the idea that perhaps our consciousness does not reside in the physical, but in that which is in between...."

and i totally agree! the cells of our bodies rejuvenate every seven years or so, and yet i have memories from my childhood. so who is doing the witnessing, if even my brain is not the same? :) ahh, yes, the amnesia of our earth school. there's a saying i read, something like: 'it's not that we are physical beings having a spiritual journey, but spiritual beings on a physical journey.'

the detail in the plant and root system pops! very nice work. :)
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Student General Artist
Awesome! Good to know I may not be all that crazy!
And thanks, eh!
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noniq Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
The color concept is so amazing :)
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank you kindly :D
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aliceferox Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Professional Photographer
funky and unique! i really enjoyed this.
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student General Artist
:D
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Gabriella-Fraser Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Interesting piece, at first I was sure what I was looking at but your explanation seems to make sense. I love the style, the washy colours and soft blending...just very well painted. The colours are great, as are the details of the plant. I can't see anything a miss here.
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank you kindly for your thoughtful comment!
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Pandemoniumswings Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I like the harmony of the colors and the simple background compliments the picture well.
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!
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HaouForm Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Exactly like a colour wheel. Love it! =3
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student General Artist
:D Thanks!
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HaouForm Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! =D
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i would have expected the measuring instrument to have a larger deflection towards red ... :-)
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Student General Artist
lol, I don't use red, do I?
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
no, never :giggle:
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
this one is a phantastic work!
you probably do not know the vienna school of phantastic realism? [link]
it reminds me lot of some of their work.
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Student General Artist
Wicked site! Thanks for the link! And thanks for the comment!
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
he he - when was THAT comment. 1884 :-?
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Student General Artist
lol!
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:p - how are you doing, number 2 (!!!!) DA friend? :heart:
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TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm usually not a connoisseur of abstract, but I really do like this piece. The nature of abstract work makes it difficult to critique, but I'll try to give you a nugget of advice. I'm a big fan of watercolor, and you did it in such an interesting way! The plant-like thing is fascinating, easily my favorite element of this piece. The rest of the painting is fantastic as well, the only part that bothers me is the hole in the center of the color-wheel. While I like the idea, the black hole as it is doesn't really fit with the rest of the piece. Its lines look a little too deliberate--like a piece of clip art, if that makes sense.

Obviously, nothing I say about an abstract piece is going to be concrete ;) I still think this is fantastic!
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Student General Artist
First of all I'd like to thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment! :rose:

The hardest part of making this abstract piece was that I really didn't know what it was going to look like in the end.
I would have to agreee completely regarding the black area in the middle. Once I had finshed it I realized it didn't fit. I also realized I have yet to learn how to de-blackify black paint, lol.
I really appreciate your honesy, it not only validated how I feel but also assured me I'm on the right track.

Thank you ever so much again!
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TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Not a problem:D

Black is a little hard to change, ha ha. Perhaps if you added to it to make the shape a little less geometric, soften the edges or make them more of an organic shape it might help. I wouldn't worry about it too much though, critique is really about helping your future pieces ;)

Glad I could help!
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LedZeplin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
thats freakin awesome man, theres a balance there thats just right it makes me think like its spinning :faint:
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student General Artist
Sweet, thanks!
The picture of it just doesn't do it justice. It looks terribly muddy on my monitor. Stupid internets.
lol.
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LedZeplin Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
I think it looks awesome still, but yeh I know what you mean, I have to put em in photoshop and fiddle witht the levels till im happy with it on the monitor
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student General Artist
I totally hear you on that one.
I get real nervous doing that - don't want to over do it. Then there are the hours spent after the editing, playing with the picture in all the filters in the gallery. ha!
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dissenters101 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Oh do tell. It's a beautiful painting and it invokes emotions I can't put a finger on.
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EmbraceTheInsane Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Student General Artist
While exploring an altered state of consciousness I found myself at a place of great darkness.
This darkness seemed to be the place where ideas were born before they make it to the physical world. I seemed to have some sort of invested interest in this place, as if it were in me, in my cells and untimately in us all.
I pondered the idea that perhaps our consciousness does not reside in the physical, but in that which is in between....

...in a nutshell.... lol!
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