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May 25, 2013
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May 25, 2013, 5:11:41 PM
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!!!
Mivala Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you thank youuoouououoo!
Doktrinen Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Multi-layered madness! This is really appealing. One of your best I think.
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!
fadhlysb Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
once again you impressed me... nice work

Mivala Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That means so much, thank you!:)
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..
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
fadhlysb Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks moira .. i'll try your tips , hopefully ill back making more deviantation 
Mivala Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Can't wait to see your creativity spring to life!:)
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