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The Invocation of Worship by elftantra The Invocation of Worship by elftantra
"Invocation of Worship" by Cody Seekins (www.codyart.tk) Oil on Canvas, 24" x 48", SOLD!
A commissioned piece--portrait of a beautiful spirit.
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:icongeemonster69:
Geemonster69 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
That is amazing 1440x900 would be great. :)
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elftantra Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Thank you Geemonster69 :)
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univerSalij Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is a beauty!  Give thanks :D
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:iconelftantra:
elftantra Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
I am happy for your appreciation.
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Mundo-Calavera Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
really nice image
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elftantra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Mundo-Calavera Thank you so much!
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Dragos-Sulgheru Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Hi, :)
I have featured your work in my new journal entry. You can take a look at it here: [link]
Have a nice day!
Dragos
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madnessmountains Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so real i love it
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elftantra Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
It feels good to have your appreciation :heart: Thank you
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madnessmountains Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
NO P-robe bro do
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sethmathews Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010   Interface Designer
what the fuck are these guys on?
SICK!
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elftantra Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Lol Thanks man :)
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010   Writer
it laughs inside me.


:heart:
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elftantra Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
I understand that, very good transmission, thank you.
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ReachingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Very lovely how the expression tells something that is purely inside the person. Or isn't it a human? ... hehe

good work :)
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elftantra Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Good question lol. I enjoyed looking over your photographs, very distinct style, fascinating and strong work. Thank you for the high appraisal of my art. :handshake:
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ReachingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow, I'm very happy you liked looking at my photographs. I'm in love with surreal art, I also draw, but my knowledge of drawing is much smaller than about art.

I would love to image the other world that I'm connected with, but it's impossible to do with my camera. That's what I love about the way you work - you have so great skills in painting that you can make some sort of gate in reality, to that other world you are in and it's open for all eyes.

... maybe you would like to see something from my hand? I would love to get some critic or opinion from you. Please have in mind that I'm 17, and some drawings are made when I was 14, I still have a lot of time to learn hehe.
[link] -> a link from myspace, you'll know where to look :)

Thanks!
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010   Traditional Artist
Excellent work!!!! I love the facial expression
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elftantra Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Thank you for this, and all the wonderful compliments you've given, i appreciate them all.
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
My pleasure!
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Mind-blowing work! Wow!
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elftantra Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
I'm enthused you find yourself with an image that seems to enrich your experience on this earth, that means a lot to me, very encouraging, thank you again.
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It's very incredible!
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LACYDRAWERS Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Writer
There are moments here in DA where I am in awe of the talent and dedication that is needed to produce such amazing art such as this piece.
I am a poet and I paint with my words and seeing such beauty as this, gives me inspiration to write more.
A :+fav: is my way of thanking you for who you are and what you give to me via your art...:iconhrtplz:
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elftantra Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
I really appreciate the genuine enthusiasm and passion in your appraisal of my work and what is obviously a love of yours for art that reaches deep and aims far in its scope. Thank you very much for reaching out and offering me validity. :heart:
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LACYDRAWERS Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Writer
Credit given where credit is due, my motto...:iconhrtplz:
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this emotional painting. The details in his face seem to suggest ecstasy of some kind, laughter and an open spirit. Is this a part of a larger piece?
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elftantra Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
This is a piece created as a commission for a patron--unique in its subject and purpose.
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Keegasaurus Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
your artwork is amazing! I sense that you have a great understanding of this universe that we live in. I look up to works like this one hoping someday that I may find it within myself to create art of this caliber.
Thanks for the inspiration
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elftantra Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
The dinosaur bigbird is hilarious, love it lol.

Thanks so much for the sincere investigation of my work, and i'm honored that you'd see it as a benchmark of sorts worthy of measuring your own process against.

One of the defining moments for me earlier(round 2001) occurred when i suddenly realized that even though i had been facing the canvas and applying the brush, my awareness was partially distracted to where in all practical effect, only my neuromuscular body was painting, and not my spirit which is given through my explicit awareness.

In that moment i allowed my focus to completely saturate the experience of every brush stroke, allowing each to be free to express themselves independently in their relation to the whole. I allowed myself also to loosen up--understanding that if it be a choice between intent to absolutely control media or to be absolutely present in a moment of expression in media, the presence is the true path(and quite honestly also the only way to find superior channel of living expression as opposed to dead technical rendering).

Once i applied myself with greater consistent fresh awareness, i noticed that character substantiated itself into the work, charged it.

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namaste and happy art creation! :hug:
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Vaitylos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
Technically excellent, and I love the fact that you manage to pass a rather clear message even through bizzarre illustrations and symbols. It's something I don't see too often.;)

I'm referring to what resembles a human being in a miserable state, though with a weirdly joyous expression, and the "godly" hand caressing him/her. Especially good job on the facial expression.

Congratulations on this one, mister.:)
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elftantra Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
Yea peace/joy which is to some level a bubble, an ignorance/naivete, but just moments more or less to an event horizon...

Thanks for looking :) and for taking the time to detail to me some of your analysis/thoughts. :rose:
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Vaitylos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
You're welcome.:salute:
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jacintojc Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
impressive man!
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elftantra Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
Thank you sir! :handshake:
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darronlee Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008   Traditional Artist
i love the expression on the face
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elftantra Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
Thank you for seeing. :heart: :meditation:
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Dyun Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful! What a visually-wonderful piece. I love that expression on the face. So much emotion is visible. All the different elements and objects come well together. Everything blends almost seamlessly. I am very curious about the meaning of this piece. I'm never sure if I read the right things into works like this and to be honest sometimes I can't read them at all. I would love to be able to understand. :)
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elftantra Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
Thank you so much! This was a very interesting piece. The commission was to do a portrait of the patron's wife in my particular style of expression. The patron is the owner of a gallery called the Commerce Gallery in Wichita--and its a nice spiritual commission as they are both people with a worldly vision and a sense of existence beyond the framework of conceptualisms we entrench culturally day to day. The meanings are variable, in this case, some of which haven't yet totally revealed themselves to me. It is funny because after unveiling the piece they remarked that it was very interesting that everything seemed to ultimately point to the north east and that emptiness embodied the southwest--and as a time-map their union and life trajectories have done the same geographically. My take on it is fairly complex--the uppper right hand side is a direction toward distilled awareness, experience, and appreciation. That which is behind her head is of the past and refers to both her, her husband, and a friend's past experience, which sports a lot of character but also has a lot of murk, trauma, and morbidity/darkness. The body is a kind of mass of flesh, as it was channeled it seemed as tho it was speaking dually of the spiritual experience of rising above the sufferings and distractions of the organic body as well as the particular connection most women have to the organic--from menstruation, having children(pregnancy), cultural weight issues, and so on...and here it seems to be sloughing off, revealing on the left side the endoskeleton--the bare bones of mortality and gross physical being. The husband who surrounds her in various ways in the painting, creates mobile structures (sculptor), which is why there is so much reference to wire-like structures and accounts in large part for the rib like parallel features moving out like bone from the body on the lower left side...

i could go on forever on the nigh countless associations which built this image...in the end it all comes down to the basic template of the lotus, or christ/krishna consciousness...that of transcending the suffering of organic and sociological trauma to find peace. In the room, the tendency is for the face to exhibit an expression of pain when seen in association to the background and lower part of the painting, but to express love, joy, etc. when seen in conjunction with the lighter aspects from the mid to upper right side...that the transformative elements of the light occur on many layers.

The "heart chakra flowers" are interesting things...being hydroponically cultivated in test tubes of sorts, the rightmost one flowering into a full bloom with features much like a native american headress...

They are both catholic as well, though it was kind of a shock to find out as they are some of the genuinely nicest and open minded people i've met.

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Anyway hope that helps somewhat...there are many aspects i've yet to figure out myself--usually many aspects reveal themselves over time gradually as contexts of the viewer shifts...
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farboart Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
WOW man!
amazing work, as always :D
Very enigmatic shapes, I love the organic textures you create, they had a very magic feeling, I can almost feel them...
The expression of the face is wonderful, its like a very twisted joy...
man I love your work... can't get enough of it, I could watch it for hours!
:hug:
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elftantra Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
A blessing to garner such genuine affection and interest. Thank you.
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