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Umbra:Penumbra:Antumbra by Simanion Umbra:Penumbra:Antumbra by Simanion
Done with watercolours and acrylics on watercolour paper, size is a bit bigger than A6. Incoming essay, beware. :lol: ...

Umbra: Penumbra: Antumbra - Brodie Ellis

I recently saw the Biennale of Sydney, which is an annual contemporary art festival, staged in several locations and encompassing every medium you could think of.

There is this island off the harbour in Sydney called Cockatoo Island, which is a former convict-built prison and shipyard. It's like Alcatraz. Or Shutter Island. So for anyone with an imagination it's really creepy, and it's one of the venues of the Biennale. It's murderer material. My friend and I got separated from the rest of the group and wanderd the island on our own, going through mines and dark, rusty rooms on a quest for art. Ther majority of works were video and/or sculptural installations. It was all very cool and edgy. It was also pouring rain....

We eventually worked our way to the edge of the island and cautiously (it was never quite clear if something was part of the exhibition or was going to contain an axe-weilding psychiatric escapee) entered a large, blacked out warehouse.

At first we could see nothing, but immediately apparent was the atmospheric Sigur Ros-like music that was at once loud and engulfing, but also uncomfortably soothing. Our eyes slowly adjusted and we could see in front of us one large circular screen lying flat on the floor, projections playing on top.

In the middle of the warehouse was a large circular metal sculpture - a circular frame held in place with several bars that came to a point behind it.

Finally, on the back wall of the warehouse was another large circular screen. The images projected on it seemed like abstract clouds and shadows, light and branches. Greys and whites and dull blues and browns. It felt like we had stumbed onto an alien spaceship. In the future.

We were the only ones in there so we decided to immerse ourselves in it, standing inside the sculpture and watching the screens, alternating between that on front and behind us. It was truly beautiful and we just got lost in the music and the experience.

THEN as the music came to a deafening crescendo, and the rain came down harder, we both spontaneously broke out into primal dancing! Totally unexpected! It was an intense sensory experience one of those moments that you could feel but never properly describe. It was just an experience, something every installation artist wants you to have. Touched by the sublime. I could go back, or tell someone else to go, and it might never be the same. That's the beauty of it.

Anyway, I was inspired so much by that experience I decided to paint it. Or an interpretation of it, heh. I was thinking of astral projection. The title is the same as the installations', which was by Melbourne artist Brodie Ellis.

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bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional
nice job
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Les-Diables Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Great work! If you don't mind, we've added this to our latest feature: [link]

Have a lovely weekend!
Les Diables
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Simanion Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thanks very much! :peace:
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taintedpurplelips Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Beautifully fluid piece that draw’s one eye. Enough details to keep a person captivated and entranced. Great work!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou very much :aww: I hope it is true of the original too...it's only very small, I think the "screen" version probably has more impact.
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Onniori Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
It's ... great! It does not look complicated, but really awesome!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yes I guess it's a fine line between something being able to sustain interest and being over complicated.
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Lila-Hani Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
making such amazing art in traditional is 100 % more artistic the digital:3 great drawing, i really like how theres slowly appear warm colours out of the black C:
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I just like traditional because I like to be able to play with materials and watch things change, and make marks. And because digital is not intuitive for me, when doing this style anyway. But that doesn't mean digital can't be beautiful as well!
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Lila-Hani Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aw thats a pretty good argument:3 i often ruine the whole thing when i trie out too much:3
really awesome how you manage to do it that greatC:
i need a clear imagination of the finished one,thats why digital is the medium for trying out and traditional for the master pieces of which i didnt produced really something until todayXX)))
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Aylen-O-Y Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Muuuuy hermoso!!!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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amyhooton Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Featured:--> [link] :heart:
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Miyazu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
its beautiful
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I've always had a soft spot for this one, thanks :aww:
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Miyazu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ok ;D
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Nikita-KellyGin Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Featured here [link] :D
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry for the late reply, but thankyou for that! :aww:
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minimeany Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
I featured art work in my journal:[link] Have a look!:clap:
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Nanette55 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
really like this one.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Nanette! :heart:
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3raven Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I just started using acrylics and I'm hoping to be able to get to the point that you're at. Looks really good and clean and the different tones and some color. good job :)
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Simanion Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's a mix of watercolours too :) That's how you get the more subtle tones and the blending, the acrylics was for the bold lines :thumbsup:
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3raven Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome :)
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naphtali Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Uh, wow. This is just awesome.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :peace:
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suklaarae Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
amazing!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :peace:
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kevsterman Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: I love this!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man :D
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missninachan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
* staring in awe, drooling .


oh, wow. that amazing. a wise man once told me, that you put a little of you soul in each work of art. I wonder what part you put in this.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I have always thought that! Not literally, but that's how it feels, which is why it's hard to let go of some works, and so hard to put a price on them. I'm really glad you liked this :aww:
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missninachan Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
i see. i know how you feel. and yes i like it vary much! just keep making these amazing creations!
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Morpheusdream Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Its aweso. its just is. The title really cught my attention, then your description swept me away like I had been there, I imagined everything, the lights, the sound of the rain, the dark warehouse...
When I went up and looked at your painting again, I imagined they were soul, searching something, yearning for it.. Haha, thats me and my incredible rambling mind. Thanks for sharing!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
No thankyou! A perfect ramble haha. I love that you got all that from my work :aww: It blows my mind.
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Morpheusdream Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Besides, it helps that here in the rooftop is raining.
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mirrormasked Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
this looks like what i would like ejaculation to look like under the prism of Dream.
wondrous.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
An immense comment. Lol. I love it. Thanks very much :D
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mirrormasked Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
's nuffin
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MerX1337 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
geil! Tolle Farben
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Dankeschön! Ich bin froh, daß sie wie Sie. Ich habe ein Übersetzer zu schreiben, so hoffe ich, es ist sinnvoll haha
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gelae Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the light and energy in this is amazing and bubbling over into real life!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! A beautiful comment.
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Feidhelm Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
A6? That's like... tiny! :wow: I can't believe you managed to paint such an incredibly detailed and wonderfully composed piece on such a small surface. I am most impressed.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, yeah..blame it on only having a small space on my desk that isn't covered in crap, lol. Thanks for your lovely comment! :aww:
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Cvicious000 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
To hear anyone reference Sigur Ros already makes you one awesome person. The colors and the swirls are enough to keep me looking for faces for the rest of the day. I mean this in the best way possible, it makes me want to go to sleep.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Dude, I've spent all night with their music as my soundtrack. All the live Heima tracks off youtube. Thanks for your great comment! :D
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Cvicious000 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
My friend habitually passes out to them, I usually do them or the album leaf for subconscious realization moments. (Totally self made up mind you.) But you're welcome I try not to leave bland little comments with no value.
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BeaTSyBeaTS Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
i like it)
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :thanks:
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