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February Tale Sky Snow Whales by michaeldoig February Tale Sky Snow Whales by michaeldoig
Submitted and shortlisted for Neil Gaiman's Calendar of Tales Collaboration.

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Given 2013-04-28
Several elements of this picture really grabbed me. I love the strong contrast in light and dark, the color gradient, and the composition, where the points of interest (yellow coat in foreground, whales up top) are separated by the distance of the horizon and mounded clouds. The painting style is perfect for an impressionistic rendering of a blustery day; it gives it the unreal tinge of the memory of a dream or the nearly-real world of vivid imagination. The flecks of white create an odd two-dimensional tone, evocative of snow on a camera lens. I like how they create the impression of snow and a cold day on the beach, but they also flatten the painting, adding another hint of the unreal.

Whales in the sky is not a new idea, but it shows up so often that it is essentially a theme for interpretation, like painting mythologic scenes. I like this piece because it is such a strong painting, color and composition wise. It takes the whales-in-the-sky motif and creates a memorable image that's up for interpretation, depending on the mood of the viewer. Anything from straight-up whales in the sky, to an environmental foreshadowing as the whales head into reddened storm clouds, or a kid conjuring up denizens for the sky that can match the grandeur of a storm-front. It is an emotional piece, but leaves the emotion up to the viewer.
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JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
your amazing work has been featured in my journal… :tighthug:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
JulioCMiranda Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Inspiring and beautiful.

The wide range of colors surrounding the whales is something that almost
glows, and the snow in the night effect gives the impression of the 
entire sky sparkling... :)

The lone individual moving at the bottom gives the thought
that maybe this image is a product of his/her daydreams,
something that makes this all the more wonderful.

Thanks a bunch, and again, another treat.
jiyu-ni Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! :F
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
blue-nautilus Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Truly dazzling :painter:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you~
zummerfish Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fabulous imagery :love:
MasterKrypton Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. Very similar to an idea I've been working on. :) mine has to do with whales swimming through the stars and auroras
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Link it to me once you've worked on it :)
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