The Prospector

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While considering how I wanted to portray this week’s #artchallenge555 phrase, Whale of Fortune, I was reading a story by Karen Russell in her new book Orange World. I was so taken with the very important role of a small yellow bird in it that my initial drawing was a … (read more)

While considering how I wanted to portray this week’s #artchallenge555 phrase, Whale of Fortune, I was reading a story by Karen Russell in her new book Orange World. I was so taken with the very important role of a small yellow bird in it that my initial drawing was a giant yellow canary riding a blue whale. For multiple reasons and time constraints, it didn’t turn out anything like my imagination, so I pixelated that one and it is now the background for this piece. The story is called The Prospectors, so the influence stays clear. Thanks also to my #MakersPlaceCo cohort, Jarid Scott for the double vision incentive.


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Comments

Cathy Dailey
2019/08/15

Beautiful. Dreamy. Hypnotic. Love!

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Joe Chiappetta
2019/08/14

Oh this is such good art--the finest color selection and line balance.

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ruth allen
(creator)
2019/08/14

Joe! Thank you so much!!! I always appreciate you looking and taking the time to comment on what I’m doing. <3

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ruth allen
(creator)
2019/08/10

And in my haste to post I neglected to mention that a yellow bird is a sign of abundance in many cultures, hence the prospector in a sea of yellow flakes.

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To be honest I had to look for the meaning of the word Prospector did not know her.
I love the meaning of the title related to the phrase Whale of Fortune because it gives it a different and fascinating conception.
A beautiful work, magical and metaphorical. I still have to read Orange World.

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ruth allen
(creator)
2019/08/10

I updated with a comment to say a yellow bird is a sign of abundance...too bad it's missing from the story of the piece! I love everything I've ever read of Karen Russell's and this one is wonderful so far. Taking my time with it. Thanks for checking out my work.

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Bullauge
(owner)
2019/08/10

I really like your interpretation of Whale of Fortune! The whale is somehow hidden behind something like a veil and its hard to look at it because its like everything is shifting!

And I like the story about it. Dont give up and make the best out of what you have. Maybe then it gets even better and you will be kissed by fortune.

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ruth allen
(creator)
2019/08/10

I love your thoughts on The Prospector. I forgot to mention in the story that a yellow bird is a sign of abundance, so the whale swims in a sea of fortune. I think abundance is like that. Always around us and hard to see sometimes. Thanks for liking and commenting. I don't always get to hear what people think about what I'm doing and appreciate you taking the time to share.

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