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Hesitation and the Silver Key by pallanoph Hesitation and the Silver Key by pallanoph
You carry a little key, once a bright silver that shown in the sun, but see, it grows rusty with misuse! You carry it close, and as such it burdens you with its weight, and it will do you little good unless you find the proper door!

Well, see here, I promised those of you watching me for my more realistic work some birds, and here's one! :la:

So a little about the piece itself. It's sort of a self portrait. ^^; The bird depicted is, of course, the Northern Mockingbird: A bird for a multitude of reasons that I feel has a connection to my personality, etc. , so it is here representing me, in a sense. I'm not sure of the exact symbolism a mockingbird has in a broader, more worldly sense, but for me I consider the nature of the bird's song ability: it mimics the calls of other birds, and anything else it may hear, and reinterprets in its own voice. They are not remarkable to look upon, and it is not all that often you will see one out in the open. I've encountered a few singing that have taken flight into the trees the minute they realized they were being watched. Aside from that, in a lighter, more humorous sense, I've been likened to a variety of birds by friends. :giggle: So it's kind of stuck.

The key the bird is holding in her beak has its own symbolism, which will no doubt be interpreted differently by each individual. My meaning behind this key is a metaphor for an ability or a thing held very dear to me. (Which would be art.) The key was once a bright polished silver, but it is growing rusty. Why? Sure, I do plenty of art. But I'm not using the art to further myself... aside from uploading, I'm not trying nearly hard enough to advance in the professional sense. So you see my dilemma, yes? :| I can only find reassurance in the fact that it will likely take me a few years. :fingerscrossed:

The 2-D look of the branch has a bit of meaning in itself... we wonder if the bird can actually perch herself on something seeming so fragile! :laughing:

The painting in technical terms: Yet another gouache painting, this done with some newer and better gouaches on a mysterious sort of fiberboard given to me by a co-worker. :) I have a ton of these boards now to do fun little practices on. That wing was a real pain, let me tell you. :no: I had to re-paint it a good half a dozen times, making it larger each time. And it's still not perfect! (Note: Mockingbirds' eyes are normally yellow, but I figured I could take artistic license here, as it is a self portrait... :giggle:)

Yikes, I haven't done anything symbolic for quite a long while, so bear with me and that disastrously long explanation. :XD: I further wonder if I should use this as my new ID. Any thoughts? My current deviantID is old and slightly ill fitting. (I finished it really early one sleepless morning and there are glaring errors that I find hard to look at.)

Comments, critiques, etc. are welcome as always. :aww:
Art (C) April Schumacher (pallanoph)
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Lostaesion Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like dastardly long explanations.
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Scorchyz Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love how much thought and detail is put into this. Stunning. <3
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Jak-Jojo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is weird but i like almost any picture that has old mystifying keys and a sence of subtle mystery...
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drgnelf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Very nice.
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thebeingone Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
super nice
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FalconofFire Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this.
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AnubisHC Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
:eager: I can't get over how beautiful the Mockingbird's head is.
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Aimee-Lesley-Sim Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Student General Artist
Beautiful. Simply beautiful.
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LadyShar Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Student General Artist
wow the feathers are so good. any tips?
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Taikata Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
'' Why? Sure, I do plenty of art. But I'm not using the art to further myself... aside from uploading, I'm not trying nearly hard enough to advance in the professional sense. So you see my dilemma, yes? ''

I have that.. unfortunately its because of commishions, when your paid to draw 95x95 highly detailed pixel squares time and time again, and no one will commishions for anything else,..you realise your spending most the time just drawing the same old Neko, or wolf face, and i tell you it gets so boring.
Ive taken to painting acryllic more, i realised just how much i love it <3

And i love how youve symbolised yourself here, and how it all links up so well.
I'd like to see your little bird flying one day, with a shiny silver key. Having met your goal. <3 Your work is beautiful, But i know we can all improve, if not by improving what we can draw by learning to draw things we cant X3
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, yes. I am likely to be stuck with pallanophs, but since I still have it in my head that I'll be taking them to a more professional level, I'm still (sort of) okay with it. :giggle: I can definitely see how that would be frustrating, though! Glad you've found some solace in acrylic painting! :)

Hopefully some day in the future there will be my little bird with the shiny key. There will be a few rough years to go here, but if I try hard enough, things will work out. :nod: It's only a matter of time, and more hard work! :D
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Taikata Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Im not entirely sure what im going to draw now, ive started to go off dogs... they're not really that original, and my deery things.. i dunno where im going with that either, i think for a goo year or so im gonna be practising to improve on humans, and other animals, landscapes and atmospheres,
its good to practice yes, but yea it must be good also to know what you want to draw, and how you want to draw it.
im drawing of feelings and memories right now, and they arent coming out as the feeling i want it to be.. or.. well not quite, but.. practise makes perfect, i jsut hope i dont ruin it for myself X3

And yes, its a matter of time and patience, X3
though artists tend to always want to improve dont they? do we ever really reach our goals? hehe
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Goonlalagoon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Beautiful work.
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andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
This is such a beautiful mockingbird! I love it!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Y-Esk Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
So beautiful. The colours are great, gouache was a great choice for the painting! :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm particularly pleased with the soft warm colors here, normally I use so many blues! :giggle:

Thank you! :hug:
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dana-redde Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! What a lovely self portrait :)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, thank you! :D
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Koeyohte Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautfiful! I love how you painted the wings, and the 2D branch :) I like the explanation and agree with you on changing the bird's eye color. I think you could use it as your ID - if you lik eit better, it is a representation of yourself, so why not? ^^

Are mockingbirds supposed to be a little harder to come across? They're all over the place where I live, them and blue jays, sometimes cardinals ^^ I love how they can imitate other birds - the blue jays do it a lot, too (around here, they like imitating our redtailed hawks :giggle: )

~Koey
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I think that the mockingbirds become less prominent in the more northern states... I'm originally from Iowa, and am living now in Minnesota... Practically none to be found! Makes me wonder if they've somehow been bullied out by other birds. (Then again, I think that is slightly out of their main range.) Otherwise I'd say they're quite common... and loud! Blue jays are one of my other favorite birds. (Interestingly enough, I've also used them in representations of myself. :laughing:)

I'm using it for my ID now... I think it works nicely! :nod:
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Koeyohte Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, that makes snese - I don't know their ranges ^^ Blue hays are fun - they're definitely interesting to watch!

~Koey
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Drunken-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
the soft touch on the bird made me almost 100% sure this was painted digitally! :D Nice idea, makes me wish the mail today´d be moving by featherly wings of all size :giggle:
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lost-buoy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
Big fan of mockingbirds. Love how they "flash" when searching on the ground. I really enjoy seeing your stylistic fusion of East/West and line/rendering here. All your stuff is tops, m'dear!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
They are very neat, aren't they? :)

Thanks very much! :aww:
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
Beautiful picture, I love the non descript but starkly white branch under foot, another brilliant background IMO =) I love mockingbirds, I have one I feed raisins, he loves them so much he follows me on my dog walks and pips along different songs to me ^_^
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Student General Artist
Absolutely beautful, as usual of your work :) The symbolism is nicely done, and the bird itself is amazing looking!

Whether you think you're improving or not, your work is great. Eh at least you're not like me who's art isn't improving much AND it isn't anything special x_x Keep up the great art and I know you'll improve! (Apologies if I'm being too optimistic, XD)
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Abellia Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Student Filmographer
That's great! I love how you painted the key.
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This one I really do like ^^ I like the branch. The lighting is very nice. I'm sure we have them up here, but mostly we have wrens, finches, and the like. Plenty of crows, some killdeer, mourning doves. I love the killdeer ^^
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
They don't seem very fond of Minnesota, do they? :( There were a few every now and then back home in Iowa, but they seemed oddly reclusive. :shrug: We did have the occasional Brown Thrasher... They sing beautifully, repeating each phrase only twice, and they usually sing way high up in a tall tree, very loud and clear. They're in the same family as mockingbirds, I believe. :nod:

Killdeer are simply adorable! Watching the babies scoot away on their stilt legs is just too much! :giggle:
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
When I was little, I used to try to catch the killdeer chicks. They always escaped me XP
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Bueshang Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009   Artist
Lovely work, the paint came up real well on the craft paper :D
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JulieDoornbos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Fantastic! Very well done.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)

(And your signature got a good laugh out of me... :rofl:)
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JulieDoornbos Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Thanks! can't tell you how many times I've scalded my left hand while in that pre-caffeine haze. :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm prone to burn related incidents in general, it would seem... It's amusing, since I seem to have a fair talent for not slicing myself with sharp objects as consolation! :rofl:

*backs slowly away from the cup of hot coffee on the edge of the table* :XD: :laughing:
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
It's very nice to look upon :thumbsup:
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Shirleys-Art-Site Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Nice unique style...
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GreenLadyMonster Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009   Traditional Artist
"...and it is not all that often you will see one out in the open. I've encountered a few singing that have taken flight into the trees the minute they realized they were being watched."

When I was in the low country of South Carolina for nearly three months, these guys were literally EVERYWHERE. Every morning, evening and sometimes in the afternoon the neighborhood was full of their song and chatter. T'was interesting for a Westerner to experience, since we don't get them over here.

Your symbolism makes perfect sense, by the way. Perhaps you should use it as your ID for now, since you liken it to a self-portrait anyway.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
They seem to be noisier and more plentiful the farther south one goes! :D We rarely get them here in Minnesota (or in my home state Iowa, either) so they often took flight when we came across one.

I think I just might use it as my new ID. I like it better than the old, and it's recent! :D
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GreenLadyMonster Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009   Traditional Artist
Well they've definitely got the noisiness down, thats for sure. They never hesitated in chastising me in their bird chitterings whenever I walked past, lol
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HighDracaBlancfrit Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Student General Artist
I've also used mocking birds in a self-portrait before! There some of my favorite species and we see they nearly overpopulate the place where I live. They're fiesty too. It's funny to see them chasing after a hawk.
This is very beautiful!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
They can be pretty hilarious, I hear... Where I live (and lived) there really weren't many of them at all. Seems they knew they were outnumbered by every other kind and were a bit subdued... :giggle:

Thank you kindly! :aww:
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RavenStarStudio Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful, I love the symbolism of it all :)
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EatToast Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
really nice! great job. :)
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silverglass19 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009   Digital Artist
Completely amazing! The feathers are beautifully painted, as is the rust! Well done. :aww:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D The feathers were rather tricky, surprisingly enough, and the key practically painted itself! (I've never painted rust before, so it astounded me... :laughing:)
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silverglass19 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009   Digital Artist
:XD: Feathers are always tricky. But you pulled it off swimmingly! ^_^
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Amurra Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Good job on this!
There is a pair of mockingbirds that live by my house. They are hard to spot though. The only way I can ever recognize them is the white stripe of feathers on their wings.
Have you ever heard the song Mockingbird by Chase Coy? It's about a mockingbird and it's one of my favorite songs. I'd send you a link to the video on youtube but it won't let me :(
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Andeva Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, read the whole thing, thats amazing lol.
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