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Once in the middle of a dream I went walking by Thaneeya McArdle

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Once in the middle of a dream I went walking by 


This whimsical mixed media drawing/painting was thematically inspired by the dreamlike works of Chagall. A giant folk art bird ambles amongst brightly colored flowers, under rain falling from a dark cloud comprised of a multitude of intricately-designed ink eyes. The vividly playful architectural forms on the left reference Russian minarets. On the right is a floating umbrella and an array of strangely-placed fish. This drawing is incredibly detailed. This piece is a fusion of my intensely-detailed black ink drawings and my equally-detailed colorful abstract work. The two come together in a rich marriage of style and energy. My abstract artwork is very process-oriented and carries a spiritual meaning related to the mystery of existence and a reverence for the unfolding process of life. The designs in this drawing arose spontaneously in a stream-of-consciousness manner. While working on drawings that are this detailed, I become so immersed in the work that drawing the images becomes a meditative process through which I strive to achieve balance amidst chaos (similar to the concept of mushin). The colors and designs arise spontaneously and reflect my interest in tribal and aboriginal art, specifically in the act of storytelling through nonrepresentational means. My abstract art is also heavily inspired by my world travels, particularly my visits to remote tribal villages in the Kutch region of India, as well as my visits to temples and roadside shrines in Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal.

You can see more of my artwork at my website, http://www.thaneeya.com.

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abstract, storm, bird, cloud, pencil, ink, rain, bright, media, pop, eyes, funky, colors, watercolour, pencils, psychedelic, coloured, folk, whimsical, watercolor, colored, russian, minarets

Comments

  • rait
    raitover 4 years ago

    nice work!

  • WhoDini
    WhoDiniover 4 years ago

    This is clever, colorful, and awesome!

  • danita clark
    danita clarkover 3 years ago

    Beautifully composed and coloured

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful color and detail!

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