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Disperse by kenket Disperse by kenket
Avenues of light to guide us home.


So this painting actually has a bit of a story.

The first day I moved into my new place almost a year ago exactly, I started painting this coyote. It was to be the First Painting in the New House. I got mostly done but back then he had nothing around his neck, so it looked jarringly empty and I sketched out a dozen things and none of them fit. They all felt wrong. The whole coyote felt wrong and he just kept staring at me and freaking me out, and I knew that I couldn't finish him then.

So I aborted him, and stuffed him in a corner, revisiting him once a month or every other month in attempts to figure out how to conclude him, and endlessly unable to do so. He just stared at me the entire year. At one point I even wanted to just repaint his eyes gold like a proper coyote to stop that piercing stare but I couldn't because it had grown to become him.

ANYWAY. Last night in some sleep-deprived daze I suddenly realized how he had to be finished and so here he is. If I did more drugs I would probably understand the spiritual implications I like to pretend it has, but in all honesty I guess it just goes to show that you can spend a whole year and never really feel like you've changed at all, but you have. The world has drawn from you and you have drawn from the world and we are all connected in the Great Circle of Coyotaciousity. Or something.

EDIT: As spoken by my physicist brother, "Everyone is, if you just rearrange the atoms, basically a coyote".
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JackofAllAss Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016
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BuzzBucket Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist
this is Just outstanding, bravo!
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xKaseix Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cool story, I think it's perfect. Way to persevere! I would have given up and forgotten about the image a long time ago had I been in your shoes. xD 
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angelahedderick Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it! Apparently Johnny Cash was, if you rearranged his atoms, basically a coyote! Thanks for sharing that backstory, it made the art just that much better.

Love is a burnin' thing,
And it makes a fiery ring
Bound by wild desire
I fell into a ring of fire.

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StoryTellingChoir Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm happy to see you could finally finish this piece... I believe you when you say it felt empty without anything around his neck... In my opinion, what you've done really compliments his strong and intense gaze and makes great use of the already existing lighting source. The impact of this piece is great, tbh! 
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thejamesstark Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Professional Photographer
so awesome 
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Marvelous piece and a great story to boot.
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Student Filmographer
oooh
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uniccin Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist
Wow this is amazing *-*
And very interesting story too
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Acidaska Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing *-*
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
:love:
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mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow beautiful!! I actually enjoy how you created him relying only on intuition.
And how all the stereotypical things "just didnt fit". :) This coyote has a lot to say with just a stare it seems. 
Fantastic work.
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WooflesArt Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Those eyes!! They are so arresting!
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Mottenfest Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is such an inspiring piece and story! Thanks for sharing!
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CosmoCoyote Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And Coyote created the world.....
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OokamiAikouka Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning. I can see how the eyes stare at you. o.o
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spacechickennerd Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student General Artist
That's amazing! The composition and lighting are fantastic and what you decided to roll with in the end fits perfectly!
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Red-Xlll Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
This is an especially fantastic piece.
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kayarei Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When a picture becomes a personality in itself, you're finally becoming the artist that you thought you could be.
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DraGoonMS Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015   Digital Artist
That's a gorgeous composition, I can see what you meant. Coyotaciousity
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Darbaras Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Oh, I really love it! The gaze is very expressive! C:
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IamETOH Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Splendid work =^.^=
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Star-Waffle Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, it may have taken you a year to figure out how to finish this but in the end it's beautiful, absolutely amazing 
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