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Path to Enlightenment

24in x 48in,
Oil on canvas

In order to be enlightened, one must fall, disintegrate, die, and be reborn. I tried to mirror my personal stage of this path, the moment before descending into the black abyss.
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Matser-of-All Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Hi Shopot,
I LOVE THIS. [link]
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damn3dg3 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nicely put
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Ateendra Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Intriguing. This is how I picture myself too. :D
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wave: This work has been included in Traditional Art Favorites of 2012 feature! :aww:
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saieki Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Woaw.

It's absolutely striking and terribly beautiful. It matches perfectly the way I felt until very recently and echoes my feelings so bloody well. As always, when I fall in love with a piece of art, I find myself at a loss of words. But I find the way you treated the lights and the colors amazing.
It's so inspiring and makes me want to draw and paint all night long. Thank you for sharing it with us. Bravo!
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:icontheartofrain:
TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Thank you so much! Inspiring someone is the best compliment I can receive. I'm glad you can resonate with my work =)
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aupre Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012   Digital Artist
we don't get the 'fall' bit - like your already fallen

it's not quite reborn either

more like the real 'global' self / character goes active
and can feel like a prisoner trapped in that body too - 3 days to settle

as for the black abyss - stay away - there's nothing there except infinity

your already accross / there / what you become

that's why these path's are more called 'realization'


and even more so - 'realization ov nature' - like it's the natural garden at the end ov the path
not some astral plane / dream state


no wonder we get to a point we burn all the books - most are missleading
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CorSecAgent Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful color. I like the magical tone implied here.
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:icontheartofrain:
TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Thanks
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ReyJJJ Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"In order to be enlightened, one must fall, disintegrate, die, and be reborn. I tried to mirror my personal stage of this path, the moment before descending into the black abyss."
"one must fall, disintegrate, die,"
"one must die."
So you're telling me... :iconyoumustdieplz: you must die!
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:icontheartofrain:
TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
In a spiritual sense - yes
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soFLOo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student General Artist
i had a hat JUST like that one
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:icontheartofrain:
TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
best hats ever
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AnnLies Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hmm, I am somewhat stuck between two interpretations of this piece. Off to the left we have the man reclining in the chair wearing the Jester's cap, perhaps symbolizing being seen as a fool or dreamer who pursues foolish ideas. To the right we have the school of fish circling up from the black depths to encircle the lamp-jellyfish.

Now I could see this going one of two ways. The first interpretation and the one I think least likely is that the fish are the masses of people swimming from the depths of ignorance towards the glow of truth, while you (the figure on the left) watch on as they pursue their own truths. You are left to judge their pursuit from your separate vantage point, never reaching the jellyfish but arriving at a sort of self-realization that comes from observing the others.

The other interpretation I thought of (and the one I think FAR more likely) is that the swarm of fish are again, the masses of people in this world swimming up from ignorance towards the glow of the jellyfish. Now in the real world, Jellyfish prey on other fish, and here again could be this case. The fish swarm in their school towards a false or harmful truth (the Jellyfish) which captivates their attention and drives them to their own destruction. You watch from the left, wearing the fool's cap and appearing a madman, but ultimately far more aware of the truth of the Jellyfish's harmful nature than any of the naive souls who follow it.

As for those crazy socks, I have no bloody idea. Are any of my above-mentioned interpretations correct, or close to correct?

You know this got me thinking about fish. The more I thought the more I wondered, would fish would even care to know that
Ann lies?
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AlmostAlyce Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Wow, nice interpretations!
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AnnLies Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I try to keep a conservatively open mind when it comes to poetry, my English teacher is really good about teaching us interpretation skills and I really enjoy it.
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TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Wow that's wonderful! I really admire your way of looking at this piece. I often paint subconsciously, though the idea is present I never know what or how it will turn into upon completion so your interpretation is not incorrect. I just realized the parallel between solitude of the jester compared with the fish, and it makes sense for them to symbolize the crowd, doesn't it?
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AnnLies Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I love interpreting poetry and art, and this piece really struck me as interesting and relatable. You have quite the skill as an artist and no part of this felt out of place. Even those crazy socks (or perhaps tentacles, ala' H.P. Lovecraft?) felt like they somehow deserved to be there, even if I could not find their significance.
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Jazzleslol Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the detail is amazing!!!
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:icontheartofrain:
TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Thank you
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Unpredictabloo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student General Artist
There's something extremely captivating about this...for some reason, I can't stop staring at that bell xD
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:icontheartofrain:
TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Don't ;)
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Unpredictabloo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
...GAHHHH reverse psychology! *stares*
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His-little-wolfie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This kind of reminds me of Picasso's Starry Night. I think it might be how you have the fish swirling around the jellyfish. Very interesting and eye catching :)
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TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Thank you!
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GrayGrimm Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love the light coming off the jellyfish/lamb
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TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Thanks
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marveen86 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the color strokes and the effect of fishes twisting around the light jellyfish...Thumbs up
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:icontheartofrain:
TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
thank you!
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Ahmed-R-Shalaby Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice socks :D
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TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
haha yes
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Ahmed-R-Shalaby Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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zakjoyce Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
its awsome! i cant tell if it is very cool or very scary
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:icontheartofrain:
TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
perhaps both?
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JuliaNoria Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
I think its BEAUTIFUL!
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:icontheartofrain:
TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Thank you! =)
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JuliaNoria Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
anytime :D
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AmazingCatherine123 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Writer
*gasps* that is so unbelievable awesome!!!!! :3 great use of creativity!!!!
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TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Thank you very much Catherine
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MeadowSparrow Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
reminds me of that movie called the Abyss lol, near the end
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:icontheartofrain:
TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
I'd have to watch it now
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MeadowSparrow Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah its a good movie :P
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impendingwardrobe Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love how the lamp shade shape of the jellyfish and the presence of the chair make this picture feel like a picture of room that has been severely abstracted to reflect the emotional state of the figure. I'm also a fan of the socks. Somehow they seem uncomfortably emotive; I hate that feeling when your socks are too loose and they keep sliding off your feet!
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TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Exactly! Thank you for the warm words, I appreciate it!
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dandelionfire21 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
This, this is just amazing, I'm not even gonna say anything funny or anything, I know how you feel, sometimes things just have to suck before you find your true self
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TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Precisely =)
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the concept and the colors - I love how you used elements found in the water - like a jelyfish - but made it lamp-like
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:icontheartofrain:
TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Thank you =)
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Asila3 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome! :clap:
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:icontheartofrain:
TheArtOfRain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Thanks!
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