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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 Digital 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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