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The Salvation of Metanoia by Mivala The Salvation of Metanoia by Mivala
"The Salvation of Metanoia"
(alternately -- "The Salivation of Metanoia)
18"x24" Watercolors, acrylics, paint markers, graphite, charcoal, and sharpie.

I've been slowly piecing this image together since the beginning of May (though the horizon line and cherry-face were scribbled out way back in April). I'd had this dream that I was wandering through a room full of images I'd created -- this one sort of stuck with me; once I woke up, I began to outline the basics of what is saw. I did deviate slightly from what I'd originally visualized, but I definitely think it was for the better~!

The process of making this piece was extremely therapeutic for me. "Metanoia" is a term that has a few different meanings, depending on the context in which it is used. I happened to stumble across the word through a series of small events, which seemed interrelated enough (to me) to deem as significant.

Essentially, I see it as the reconditioning of one's method of thinking and relating to external conflicts. It's a sort of positive deprivation -- weeding out what isn't necessary and what has the potential to burden the mind & body. The result is an overall improvement in self and circumstance.

Carl Jung often associated Metanoia with dreaming; he believe that the life brought to us in a state of dreaming could very well aid in coping with the external world.

Lately, I've been leery of my dependence on external influences. It's especially hard to disassociate from them, as an artist, because they manifest so often in what I create. But, in this case, I tried to look more to my own visions for inspiration... the closest being the dream I'd had.

I'm really happy with with how this turned out. It's a bit of personal experiment, jiving quite well with this whole philosophical approach to life I've taken recently.... I hope ya'll find it somewhat visually appealing, at the very least. :)
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michaelelliottfurr Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome work!!!
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Mivala Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you thank youuoouououoo!
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Doktrinen Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Multi-layered madness! This is really appealing. One of your best I think.
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Mivala Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I think so too, it's also one of my largest colored surreal pieces!  I hope to go bigger once my skill improves a little bit. :)

Thank you very much!
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fadhlysb Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
once again you impressed me... nice work

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Mivala Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That means so much, thank you!:)
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fadhlysb Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no prob, my pleasure indeed , and um can i ask you one thing ?how to get back to drawing again when you have stopped for long enough that when you draw , it doesn't feel alive anymore.... cause thats my problem here ive stopped drawing for a test that need a preparation for at least a semester and that happens..
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Mivala Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
How I get over that is sort of through 3 ways:
I learn a new medium altogether (like painting or sculpting).  It gets you thinking about different ways to approach making an image; plus, I find that I end up instinctively drawing in the process, be it to sketch out a painting or to study something I want to sculpt.  Essentially, keep your mind open and don't get too hung up on drawing alone. 

The second way is to just doodle as often as you can.  ------And commit to it!-----  Don't make your focus drawing something "good", focus more on getting all you can out and done in maybe an hour -- just draw organically for the sake of drawing and see where it takes you.  It's kind of like some variations of yoga (if you've ever tried it before, I'm in a yoga class right now) -- the idea is not to stretch yourself until something happens, it's more or less to focus on what your body is saying is natural and helpful.

Finally, when in doubt, practice technical drawing! :)  Draw from references.  And again, commit to the project.  Find a face (it doesn't even have to be appealing) and draw it for the sake of practice.  Sometimes all you need is just a little boost in your skill, or otherwise, to discover the feeling/epiphany of new lines, new ways of shading you may not have noticed before, etc. Don't focus on subject matter, just think about the pieces that make up an image.

Hope maybe some of that helps, haha It all comes down to nurturing your creativity, giving it different outlets, etc. :D
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fadhlysb Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks moira .. i'll try your tips , hopefully ill back making more deviantation 
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Mivala Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Can't wait to see your creativity spring to life!:)
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LunaticEquinox Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
its very very good...............i like it
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Mivala Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hooray! :D
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bear48 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional
richly expressive and deeply moving
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Mivala Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Danke danke danke!
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bear48 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional
very nice work

very expressive
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Mivala Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!:)
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Fractalvision Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very well done.
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Mivala Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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WilliamDallwitz Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
There's always a line and always something jumping out... very interesting. A great piece of art, as always.
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Mivala Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thankye thankye I want to line up all my work someday...I think I start on the same natural horizon almost every time. Eventually I'll learn a different angle to approach things.:P
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WilliamDallwitz Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student General Artist
A cryptometaphysician, eh? Just like me. I struggle to kill all my gods but they run around like eels.
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Mivala Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, the image!O:
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WilliamDallwitz Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Slooshing around in their vile, fat juices, they slither like corpses on the sand and laugh at me gulliver of burning ideals. I want to give 'em the hardest of tolchocks, great bolshy bounders that they are, but someone keeps on sendin' them away to Amsterdam.
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Mivala Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
EeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEeEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEE(el)!!
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WilliamDallwitz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student General Artist
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Mivala Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconelectriceelplz:It's so cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!!:iconelectriceelplz:

I love Amazoniaaaan aquatic beeeings.
I think Botos are fascinating -- supposedly there's a folk legend that they abduct women in the nighttime...but I can't find the full tail.):
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slight-obstruction Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Burrtiful.
I don't know how you think you're going to avoid external influences though... that's all there is in art ever. Is it different if you combine them subconsciously? You have always been more subconscious than I...
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Mivala Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's like...
Chocolate.

I convinced m'self I hate it.
So I do now.
So I don't eat it.
No harm done. And never will chocolate harm me.

Chocolate is one external influence. Not necessarily a source of inspiration, but by the same logic as my sort of spiritual purge, it's something that I'd thoughtlessly consume. And now I've made a conscious decision: to thoughtlessly not consume it. O:

It's not avoiding ....all external influences. Just forcefully as many unnecessary ones as possible. Tricking myself to turn against the unnecessary, and then thriving on what's left, combined with the inspiration that the philosophy alone supplies, lol

I'm an extremeeeeee intellectual lately. I read three novels yesterday morning.U:
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slight-obstruction Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess that makes some sense. You might just be doing it because you are a contrarian though. P: How can you be sure something's unnecessary, though? When it is only around by habit?
Basically you're rebelling against habit...?
Which three?
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Mivala Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Contrarian? I loveth that term!:D

How can you be sure something's unnecessary, though? When it is only around by habit?
Basically you're rebelling against habit...?


Exactly! Lawdddd, you should read some of the philosophical conversations I've been having here on DA lately, lol I come here for the art...stay for the intellectual stimulation..never...leave....U:

AND I read A Clockwork Orange (over again...nadsat was becoming uncomfortably unfamiliar to me!), The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, and thennnnn some Shakespeare, including Taming of the Shrew. Which sucked. And made me mad. Which is actually why I had to read the other two, lol
Today I read half my Theater textbook.O:
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slight-obstruction Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There are necessary habits though :0
But I suppose you can tell the difference, lol.

Heather accidentally texted me in nadsat the other day. Except it was just really hilarious typos. P:
My father has had The Prophet wandering around our home forever now. Who knows why.
OooooOOooooo theater textbook.
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Mivala Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
ohurhur, that lass!

It's a great little philosophy booooook.:heart:

And yes. We have to write intros about ourselves for our first assignment this summer -- explaining why we're taking the class, more specifically. My response is so I can understand what my friends will be talking about after they become famous Broadway stars.
Because I think that's what ya'll izzz destined for. ;P
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slight-obstruction Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe I will pick it up next time it's out for some reason XD

Lol, I dunno. Even Jacob's a little frightened of trying to be famous for acting. o_o But then meanwhile Heather's like "Aw yis I got this bros."
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Mivala Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sounds like a plan!

I feel like all of you will/should be renowned for something entertaining, yusssss. All of you being a term I loosely use to describe... all of you.....O:
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AnonTheDarkOne Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely appealing to the eye with all of the colors, mixture of abstract with surrealism, and the emotions from the faces. It's interesting how the faces (and other parts of the painting) are all connect to the open mouth, as if it was the cause of the emotion (seemingly negative). Or from another point of few, the negative emotions (aka emotions from external world) are effecting an individual internally (hence the strings leading to it). The top right is interesting to me as well because of the face being on what looks like an apple, like perhaps a "bad apple". That silhouette figure brings back bad memories though :fear:...but still interesting. Like the negative emotions internalized in an individual from external influences can...attract...things...
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Mivala Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankya much for your interpretation!:) You're spot on! (I think, hehe)
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AnonTheDarkOne Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are most welcome :). Lol possibly XD. Thanks :D.
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