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Ethereal Tree by Dreamspirit Ethereal Tree by Dreamspirit
Old Art - Completed on April 6th, 2006

This piece is rather huge for me: about 30 x 40 inches I believe, and is all acrylic. And the colors are somewhat washed out, but I'm sure you can get the general idea. :) Instinctively I wanted to cover everything up and make it very hyper-realistic, so this was a fun self-challenge for me, and to this day it is one of my favorite paintings that I've ever done.

This painting started many years ago as, well, an underpainting gone awry. It was done for one of the only art classes I took in college, and while the prompt was to paint a realistic outdoor still-life, it took on a sort of ethereal quality all its own, and graciously the professor let me me take it in this direction. (She also wanted me to be careful not to overwork it...)

I actually painted it outdoors under some dappled leaves and lighting, and at one point I loved the shadows and how they played over the canvas so much I painted the shapes of the branches and leaves onto the canvas (you can see their darker shapes here and there even now). It was so much fun and loose and free! .... which is about as polar opposite as you can get from my sketches, I suppose... ;)

Can you see the areas where I "painted" the shadows falling over me from the dappled tree canopy under which I worked outdoors?

There were a lot of neat, playful, experimenty things I did with the paints to form some cool patterns and brush-strokes in both the underpainting and the more detailed layers atop that. It's certainly interesting seeing how my usual work translated to this.

It still feels like it's "growing" to me.
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leoninesoul Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017
Oooh, I love this!  Sublime and truly ethereal!
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Silveraxe Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful colors on this one, really like it <3
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! I actually turned this into a large woven throw, too, and I really love it. The colors make me comfortable and happy. :)
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Silveraxe Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oh that's awesome! :D
it's peaceful one
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fmalchemist1993 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I'm in a similar situation. Underpainting is going awry and I need help. Did you use any tutorials or know of any I would find useful?
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I honestly didn't use any tutorials for this one, so I wouldn't know where to point you. I'd just suggest to keep on going, and hopefully you'll get a feel for what you're aiming for.
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fmalchemist1993 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
ok, thanks. Your work is great by the way
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maria2rhiannon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely LOVE this!
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so very much!
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Kt17 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Excellent color palette.
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:icondreamspirit:
Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so very much! :) This is definitely one of my favorite palette's (on a personal level). All tealy green and earth-toned. :)
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Kt17 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
I really do find it gorgeous -- I'm making a note to myself to try using it in one of my own environment sketches.
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I'd love to see it when you do!
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GabbyVee Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Acrylics!? That's intense
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :) This was/is the largest painting I've ever done, so it was a big change from my little stamp-sized doodles. ;) Working with acrylics was definitely an interesting experience at this size, too, and was actually quite "freeing." :)
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GabbyVee Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yes! I just rekindled a love for painting and it IS very freeing and relaxing. It can be a battle too though haha
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Definitely! I think one of these weekends I will try to see if I can squeeze in some RL painting. I'm still trying to figure out when/if I might be moving so I'm not as eager to dig through things and take out my easel and paints and brushes and supplies until I know the dealio, but it's been way too long (....5+ years? ieeek!) since I've touched my acrylics.
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GabbyVee Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
xc aw yeah starting a project in the middle of stuff always throws one off!
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
OH goodness yes! I've gotten better over the years about trying to finish the majority of projects I start (which is at least a hundred times better than how I used to be years ago.... oh god the amount of unfinished work I have stored...)
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GabbyVee Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
haha ah I understand, I have a list of things I want to do but always forget when a new idea comes along. I've learned that if you feel like working one one thing, do it! Cuz your brain could get dis-interested next time you want to finish, if that makes sense haha
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
No no, that TOTALLY makes sense! I suspect it's a constant inner-struggle among tons of artists as well. There are always SO many things to create, and so little time!
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MxTeddybear Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I lov the colors
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! This color palette is actually probably my personal favorite (teals, greens, and earth tones). :) There's something really soothing about them to me.
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MxTeddybear Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree
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