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Autumn Twilight II by Tolkyes Autumn Twilight II by Tolkyes
Oil on canvas, 16"x20".
Autumn spirits gather along the ancient crannog at dusk.

Luminorphs (or 'spirits' as the locals call them) like to seek shelter amid ancient ruins along the lakes, streams and forests of the countryside.
They are attracted to light amid the darkness such as the phosphorescent fungi and the fire.
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SAA-Layne Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
It remindes me of H.V.Lovecraft! genious :DdeviantART +fav 
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I've had several people tell me that my imagery reminds them of H.P. Lovecraft.
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Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you use the Mische Technique? Nice work.
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I don't know what the Mische Technique is so I looked it up.

No, I don't paint in that manner. Just regular oil on canvas.
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DanChampy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Great image, especially the colours!
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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krigl Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
A magical scene...one can see why the locals would think of them as spirits, as well as why they are something more than just shades of the dead...
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I'm glad that they came across that way to you.
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emmasugarman Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your artwork is amazing. Where do you get the inspiration for those luminorphs??? Please tell! :D
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Since college I've always liked to draw and paint spontaneous organic forms. In surrealism this is known as 'biomorphism'.
Years later I began to formulate a story or sort of mythology linking my surreal/fantasy landscapes together. I started to think of my biomorphic forms within these landscapes as trans-dimensional beings of some kind and started calling them 'luminorphs'.

Also, I like the ghostly and other-worldly quality of glowing multicolored organic forms that actually exist in our 3 dimensional reality: unusual deep sea creatures like jellyfish, luminescent fungi and nebulae. I've gradually combined these shapes with my own biomorphic imagery in varying degrees to create more luminorphs.
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emmasugarman Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow I didn't even know that! It's really admirable and inspiring to me how you basically illustrate this fictional world you have fabricated all from your own mind. What I love about your work is that it always has that same theme, something about the way these luminorphs look is really attractive for me!

I watched the David Attenborough documentary, Blue Planet, and the episode called 'The Deep' shows you all that stuff. Looks so cool, it literally seems like it isn't from earth cos it's so different to everything you would normally look at!
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like the world I created- "New Terra" I call it.

I've always liked David Attenborough and his nature shows like "Blue Planet".
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myprrrecious Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
ooooo
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.
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JNRedmon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Wow...I can't even imagine how long this took. I especially love the nebula-like appearance of the spirits.
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. It took 60 hours to paint.
I did use photos of actual nebulae to go by in creating the spirits or 'luminorphs' as I call them for this painting.
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JNRedmon Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
60...hours?! O___O
WOW. That is dedication. I wish I had that kind of work ethic.
Cool! Seriously, your work is amazing.
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StarfallenWolf Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone needs to make a new meme.
TOLKYES, HOW U SO AWSUM?!!?
:omg:

~Leah~
:D (I tried painting! And it took FOREVER! :( )
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. You are flattering the Hell out of me.
I've been seriously painting for 13 years now. It gets easier with experience. It's still very time consuming, though.
"Autumn Twilight II" is only a 16"x20" painting but it still took me 60 hours to paint it. I usually spend anywhere from 100 to 200 hours on my larger paintings.
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StarfallenWolf Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just keep painting until either I mess up horribly, or lose inspiration from laziness... I was serious about that meme :).

:iconawesomenessplz:
TOLKYES, HOW U SO AWSUM?!!1?!
Or, how's about:

:iconawesomenessplz:
TOLKYES, Y U SO EPIC, AND AMAZIN'?

~Leah~
(13 years?! Damn, I am no where near that patient... 13 years is practicably my whole life. :) )
And thank you for reminding me to post my painting!! Wow, fail I forgot... hmmm how do you even scan such a big canvas?! Or do you take a photograph of it? :iconconfusedplz:
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I take digital photos of them.
I set the paintings up on a chair outside. It has to be sunny so that the color is good. At the same time though, you can't face the painting directly into the sun or you get too much glare.
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StarfallenWolf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I was wondering how you did it with such a big canvas. C:
(I'm such a noob at this stuff sometimes.)

~Leah~
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roundtower Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 4 o Destacados nº 4" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).


* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 4. (Best works of the group).


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:icontolkyes:
Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I'm honored.
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roundtower Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A real pleasure dear friend! :iconssaattr:
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Little galaxies in the animals. Beautiful.
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I like the similarity in appearance between astronomical features like nebulae and galaxies to glowing marine life and fungi. So I like to purposely morph them together.
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome!
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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DustyScarecrow Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work, my friend! This is simply marvelous.
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! You're very kind.
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DustyScarecrow Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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UngaKhan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love this... and the huts on the lake caught my eye as well. Just wondered if they were ancient Celtic huts, or perhaps some fantasy inspiration.
I've got a soft spot for any and all prehistoric or native people's buildings...
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, they were built by early bronze age Celts mostly in Ireland. Some are in Scotland and Wales, too.
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UngaKhan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Chocolatecookiecrumb Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Woah, mysterious!
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I find these ancient 'crannogs' as they're called, to be rather mysterious so I thought they needed some mysterious 'spirits' inhabiting one. Owls I find mysterious, too.
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LifeSentence Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
this is incredible! the galaxy cloak is fantastic. this is so impressive and dreamy! :heart:
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
"Galaxy cloak". I like that.
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Magical! :clap: :)
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Tara.
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Mandinga91 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this truly is an interesting deviation..
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you find it interesting.
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glossolalias Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
this is really beautiful
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad you think so.
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erosarizona Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
oh my god.
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it.
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maybe-paper-hearts Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Photographer
oh! incredible, totally awasome! Magical vision and cool realisation.
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Tolkyes Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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