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This is from a tutorial I did for my Schoolism class. I've done a bit more work on it since then (it would have been a 20 hour tutorial otherwise).

My wife wrote a poem that inspired me as I worked on this. It's about what it means to be an artist, I'll include it here in hopes that it may inspire some of you as well:

Teinoscope
(Physics) An instrument formed by combining prisms so as to correct the chromatic aberration of the light while linear dimensions of objects seen through the prisms are increased or diminished; - called also prism telescope.

I have seen you standing still beneath
rapid clouds at dusk, collecting the light,
drawing the gathered radiance in like breath.

You store it everywhere—as lines, faces,
in crowded notebooks—till it spills out, bright,
new-made. Is this creation, these mixed pieces,

When patched-together, conglomerate, they
emerge like sparks from your hands, lightened
and whole?
Some men stockpile days

Like weapons, against the cataclysm.
From you, the stored scraps of collected light
leak like constant suns. And what wrought prisms

allow these sudden visions: myself, made
larger and more beautiful, all the bright
fragments ripened and mingled, naked, laid

like webs of stars together? Those saved skies
reflected back to me, mirrors on mirrors,
A tiny universe within your eyes?
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:iconmigueldevia:
migueldevia Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Student
(⊹つ•۝•⊹)つ lovelyyyy
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WhollyJeff Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your wife seems to know where you live. Thank her for me and everyone else who absorbs the ineffable and creates stuff as a result.
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silkspectre78 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
I love the painting but I love the poem even more.
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:iconartsammich:
Artsammich Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Yeah, she's a good poet.
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Student Filmographer
It looks like an oil painting!
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:icongabou-gabou:
Gabou-gabou Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
Love your work, and especially the quality of your lights. Would love to see tutorials from you :)
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:iconartsammich:
Artsammich Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
I sometimes post tutorial stuff on my blog. I don't do video tutorials except with Schoolism, so you'd have to take one of the classes there. Good news is that if you sign up for Schoolism via the kickstarter right now, it will be lots more inexpensive!
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LongingForAutumn Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The clouds are lovely and creepy at the same time
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JRettberg Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just did a color study of this piece. after taking the time to dissect your color choices i've come to the conclusion that you're a genius <3
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ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful!! Do you have the tutorial available for the community or is there a way to enroll in a course with you online? Thank you anyways for sharing your inventive and sublime art!
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Artsammich Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
The class is at www.schoolism.com/
Here's the direct link.
www.schoolism.com/school.php?i…
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ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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TheElegirl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Whoa! You truly captured the clouds, and mountainside, and definetly the feel of this. Beautiful!
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:iconthewindbear:
TheWindBear Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I like the collaborative piece of this. The art and poem go hand-in-hand, in my opinion and they really compliment one another. Both are very dope pieces. You two should do this more often if you don't already. This is really dope.
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negrothic Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beauty!
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:iconplanetsaturday:
planetsaturday Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, now, that is just marvelous. Thanks very much for that.
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great work, and I adore the poem! Your wife is very talented too!
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:iconpati88:
pati88 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lovely poem lovely painting
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:iconxzendor7:
xzendor7 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012   Digital Artist
The Clouds Look Like Living Creatures - Fantastic.
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:iconrinulina:
Rinulina Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Helen and Nilolay Roerich nowadays
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SnowLeopard314159 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I very, very much like this! A lot!
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:iconcephr:
cephr Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Absolutely stunning ;O;
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Budumpshh Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
agreeeeed
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:iconmangaassault:
MangaAssault Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Great volume of cloud!
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dirtsaminou Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
A-MA-ZING.
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Oh I love this.
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crceres Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Yes, this. Some art is just trying to hold onto the amazing things light shows us, and it's not an exact copy sometimes but something new. Your painting and your wife's poem fit together so perfectly, thank you for sharing them both.
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Hironemo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Calm, but epic!
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:iconthe-nalkiahn:
The-Nalkiahn Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Not many people paint really good clouds
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:iconhalcyal:
Halcyal Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
The piece gives an interesting sense of physicality and your wife's poem surpasses much of the popular and featured literature on this site. I can see how it might have inspired.
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap:
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DBlundo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
That's what i like to learn to do...
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:icondaliot:
Daliot Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The lighting and motion in this landcape is breathtaking.
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meganbednarz Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012   General Artist
So beautiful! Especially the poem. The clouds look very surreal...so solid-looking.
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kittenkraze Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Such beautiful clouds and lighting.
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:iconereshkigal:
Ereshkigal Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Artist
Lovely piece! But unrelated to the art - has your wife written anything else? I would most definitely like to get my hands on that
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Artsammich Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
She used to have a book of poetry out, but I don't think it's available anymore. There are several poems of hers online though, here:

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BojanPapic Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work on the mountains! Also, piece is great all together! :B
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ReineDesCanards Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're my hero.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:
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stottt Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You are the Light/color master
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Anako-ART Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
While watching the class I was really hoping to see this image finished - and now you posted it! These clouds and their colors are fantastic!
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lebllues Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
FAV NOW!
This is beautiful!!!
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:iconmisterponce:
misterponce Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
calm.........."avant la tempête" very nice!
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:iconbr50:
br50 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Incredible lighting/colors, just great!
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tommyb709 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
nice.
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JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!
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MeldrumArt Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
those are some amazing clouds.
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alsrg Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
I want a guy who will bike places with me. :) :heart: awesome work.
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Finnguala Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow. Just wow.
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