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January 20, 2011
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Jan 20, 2011, 2:27:33 PM
Open View by DRagsdale Open View by DRagsdale
Inspiration for ‘Open view’ came from my ADHD mind. It is a way of depicting how my mind works. In the background is a shattered bust of me showing my rib cage, representing my vulnerability and how I leave myself exposed for sake of message. I’ve always had a fascination with death and my awareness of time slipping away. I represented this by the skull ‘death’ card with the Hg on it. Hg represents my fear of one day not being able to exist here due to our polluting of our eco system with heavy metals including mercury. I use game pieces in my work because I am fascinated with games and enjoy quite a few of them. The girl holding the floating shattered egg is a representation of youthfulness and my wife. She is always telling me to free myself from my over thinking of things. The shattered egg with Hg again represents the fragility of our natural environment and our tendency to want to manipulate this from their natural state of being. The darts moving through the piece depict my love for darts and our lack of care when aiming our pointed ideology in the air. The mask of Salvador Dali shows how our past is formed by masks of those that we admire in our formative years. I was inspired to a large degree when I was a youth by Dali. I am represented by the clown holding the paint brush awkwardly at Dali. I have felt a number of times as a clown, existing just for the fleeting moments of amusement in peoples lives with no real purpose other than for a joke. I placed a portrait of my wife peeking through the broken pieces of my life as often people do while I’m working out in the public. The golden fish represents our sea life that we are contaminating with mercury and other heavy metals one day making it where we won’t be able to use fish in our diets. The all seeing eye is a symbol for God and my acknowledgement that He is always watching.
Open View was created with layering basic Prisma Color colored pencils on Stonehenge paper. My busted torso was drawn in with Faber-Castell graphite; F, 2B, 4B and 6B. My methods don't include the use of erasers, blending stumps or solvents of any sort ie, water or alcohol.
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MusicalCombusken Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow, that's amazing! I don't have a lot of words to put into this work of art, because it's just so amazing!
DRagsdale Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the kind words!! I really appreciate it. Just like life everything is in a constant state of chaos and refinement.
tcwoua Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! Your entry has been level up to amazing gallery at :iconbestdrawings: keep up the good work! :dance:
DRagsdale Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, for rating my work as amazing. I will keep striving for excellence.
gintmfgb Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Great detail !!
DRagsdale Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words.
Olaf68 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011   Traditional Artist
It's very cool.
DRagsdale Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I trully appreciate the feedback. It has been difficult getting computer time lately. I am open to all critical advise and sharing wisdom to make our world a more colorful place.
Olaf68 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011   Traditional Artist
Your welcome
theManiacWriter Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student Writer
I like this! It's so random, like being inside a dream.
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