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Twin Caverns by Simanion Twin Caverns by Simanion
Acrylic and watercolour on canvas.

This painting was done for my younger brother's new electronic duo, Twin Caverns, to be used wherever they like. Their music is pretty chilled, down tempo, ethereal electronic stuff with haunting, floating vocals by Louise Millar combined with more gritty hip hop beats. Some kind of mix between Massive Attack, London Grammar (especially in guitar sound), Chet Faker and a touch of soul. Anyway, I wanted the painting to reflect their music in being dreamy, flowing and simple in form, but heavily textured and peppered with electronic detail. I think they were pretty happy with it :)

I really love this kind of abstract painting. Building a world  out of flowing lines and broad areas of colour and then clarifying parts with detail and contrast. I don't do it that often, but it may pop up more now, at increasingly larger sizes. 

If it sounds like your thing and you wanted to check out Twin Caverns, I thoroughly recommend you do! Only a few songs up so far with more coming soon. Here are some links:


Thanks!
~Simon

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The shapes of this piece are really the most interesting aspect to me; not to say the color isn't important, but the color would provide very little if it weren't used to create the contrast of the almost moldy/waxy, gravity-defying flow of the various pseudopod-like structures. These unfamiliar shapes and patterns (more accurately, difficult to describe using one simple real life comparison) seem to help ebb and sway the viewer in and out of an otherworldly ether; I myself see what could be an incomprehensible life form on an asteroid or moon so far and isolated from even its parent star that the lights of the universe step aside to the ghostly glow.

Your choice of almost exclusively cool colors is appropriate to the shapes, I think. It doesn't rule out the possibility of flames but helps lead the mind into other, less obvious directions; subtle, almost contradicting hues splashed carefully about add to the feel further.

From what I can tell in the description, it sounds as though you ended up with near exactly what you meant to portray. I understand that often this style of art is meant to defy some elements of other more realistic styles, but in recognizing that still, it's difficult to find a strong focal point. Given the type of music this was made to visually simulate, I can see how it would of little importance to the band, but its ambiguity does come with the price that it leaves a good deal to be desired from the eyes of most people browsing through music. It's all quite visually interesting but maybe a bit uniformly so...no certain point that really draws everything together into one strong emotional surge. Relating to a larger number of people may not be your goal with this piece either (the whole of the project to me sounds as though it is more progressive and concerned of artistic integrity than the volume of casual listeners) but that may be sometime to consider if you are also well concerned with drawing in a little more attention. The colors and shapes are shocking and draw interest, definitely, but it might help to have a little more of a hook once the eye is caught.
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Mad-Willy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it. Did you use watercolor or pouring medium?
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Simanion Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey! Thanks! It's mainy acrylic paint, which I sometimes mixed watercolour into, or "rendered" with watercolours. 
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JackSephton Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is so intense I love it!
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LenaLightwood Featured By Owner Edited Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soo cool:)
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rainbownote Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, what lovely colours! It's so beautiful and nice to just paint something abstract sometimes c:
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014   General Artist
wonderful! I totally love the minimalism of colors, the cool palette and the contrast between dark part and blue part. though it's abstract, it still speaks to the imagination of viewer. it looks like a fantasy castle in some icy realm :)
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EveKudo Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Student General Artist
i love the colors and emotion :3
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WillWorks Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014   General Artist
When I first seen this it made me think of an ice palace in the style of Amano.  The colors are very vibrant.  :)
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heat-the-her Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Beautiful.. What is the name of this technique?
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miss-Hobbit Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous and so inspiring. I love everything about it, great job!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :aww:
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:iconjbrenthill:
jbrenthill Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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:iconstemerrigan:
SteMerrigan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
Dude this is killer :D
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Smashbrudda Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
I can see my favourite colour
nice work
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elexti Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there,

Your amazing deviation has been selected for feature this week at :iconaus-art: here.

Great work, and thanks for submitting with us! :)
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shananaginz Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is.... wow. Just incredible things going on here. Very beautiful.
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ToniHinas Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
great abstract piece and nice work with the colours
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WTek79 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent, the organic feeling and colors are exquisite ! :clap:
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yami-akio Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, the contrast is fantastic !! 
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UraHameshi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Beautiful work :)
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
This is a lovely piece, Simon, full of depth and motion :iconloveblueplz:  I liked the music as well, especially the first sample.  They should consider sending a disc (or whatever they send out these days . . . :shrug: ) to Radio Paradise www.radioparadise.com/rp_2.php or perhaps www.chilltrax.com/v2/index.php…
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otherdruid Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful! :omg:
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MothrNaturesDaughter Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is stunning!!
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SabakuNoShi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work, lovely colors!
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Toyona Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow~ All those blues <3
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isischneider Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014   Photographer
beautiful mixture of colors,nice work.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow!  This is spectacular!  I just love the mood, color and balance of this piece.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Rebecca! I don't know if I have a favourite colour, every colour has its moment somewhere.....but blue always seems to have more of them :aww:
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KMO27 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow very pretty
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :D
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MedeaSafir Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, that music - i like :nod:
your painting and this sound goes very well together! you did surely a very good job. but eaven without your descriped intencion for this painting i would like it. for me it has smth like cool, smooth flames. it is a fire but it doesnt hurt you hot while touching... this is my feeling while looking at your work. i like it! Love 
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like their music :D And thanks for your kind words on my painting! That is definitely the feel I was trying to achieve. Like ice and fire joined together...
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MedeaSafir Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:lol:
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Infinius-Arts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it :aww:
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Infinius-Arts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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SethMaxwell Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks amazing!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :peace:
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SethMaxwell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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WiccanWT Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the choice of coloring. Very pretty
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :) It can sometimes be hard for me to stick to a small colour palette...I managed to sneak a few greens and purples in there :P
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