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Metanoia by aruarian-dancer Metanoia by aruarian-dancer
"Metanoia" for Enchanted Visions Project's theme, "Changes". Line art in ink on vellum (9"x12"). Scanned image digitally colored free hand on Intuos 3 tablet with Corel Painter.

Metanoia in the title refers to the term used in Carl Jung's theory of psychology -- it denotes a process of reforming the psyche as a form of self healing, a proposed explanation for the phenomenon of psychotic breakdown. The various Noh masks express different characters as well as emotional states. I could have given her any mask to hold, but I let her pick the Hannya mask (a demon, which is usually a transformed form of a woman, triggered by anger, jealousy, etc.) here. My father had a genuine carved wood Hannya mask as a part of his art collection in Japan and I remember, as a child, I couldn't look at it because it scared me so much. ^^; These days, they're more creepy than scary to me. All of these masks. XD

I have been doing a lot of traditional pieces in small scales lately, so I wanted to do something kind of over-the-top with this theme. It took me a while to finish inking the line art, and then even longer for the digital coloring. The kimono textile patterns were all hand drawn. I like doing tedious things like this the old-fashioned way every once in a while. It's like a meditation to me.

©Mitzi Sato-Wiuff/Aruarian Dancer 2013

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Wow, this is simply stunning ! amazing art <333
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aruarian-dancer Jul 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!! :iconblushplz: And thank you for the fav.
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petrova Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing work :clap:
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aruarian-dancer Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly. :heart:
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:iconenoa79:
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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aruarian-dancer Apr 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. ^^
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:iconenoa79:
You're welcome.
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derthmort Apr 19, 2013
A wonderful work, great depth and feeling. The woman's expression matches the description perfectly, yet allows a viewer's interpretation.
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aruarian-dancer Apr 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!! :heart: Your words confirm what I was hoping to achieve with this image.
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Wow, this is high on my list if favorites. I love the crispness of the lines and contrast with the masks and her strips of hair, not to mention the detailed design work. Very impressive!
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