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Amongst the Mangroves by Red-Clover Amongst the Mangroves by Red-Clover
Just finished this painting based on a very old thumbnail. Like so many of my paintings, I have no idea what's going on here - the best I can figure it is the dragonflies are warning the squirrel about something up ahead in his path, but what, I don't know. For some reason, instruments as boats just seems like a cool idea to me...

While I think the general color scheme over all is working pretty well, I'm a bit bothered by the isolated, heavy orange of the squirrel and boat on the left side of the picture. The dragonflies just don't balance him out as much as I'd hoped...

10x14" Acrylic on watercolor paper

Prints are here: [link]
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:iconpdevinney:
pdevinney Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
Adorable. Great illumination, wonderful work.
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JuweWright Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love, love, love your unique style. You should really publish a childrens book with all the stories behind these paintings.
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Red-Clover Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional
Thanks very much! I do have some children's books published, though none that I've written myself. Hopefully some day...
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Giappi76 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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tolagunestro Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am stunned on how I haven`t already known of you.
Congratulations for your talent.
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:iconmahoujirou:
mahoujirou Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice! I love the colours and the idea
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mansongothic Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
Featured - [link]

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:icongacharna:
gacharna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Beautiful colors and composition! Great ilustration!
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winza156 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
wow. all your paintings are so cute. they remind me of all these movies and books i used to watch and read as a child. i love them!
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escariel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful picture! i featured it here [link] :heart:
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sensij Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
featured: [link]
:sun:
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escariel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful! Fine idea, excellent work) fav'd!
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Aimelle Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
fantastic artwork again ! love it :heart:
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Chaachaa Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008   Photographer
I love it!! Cute and just.. great!! :clap:
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ELaiNeLight Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
Very cute idea the Squirrel finding a busted instrument and using it as a boat! :iconflowerdanceplz:
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EmeraldIsleElf Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
Wow, once again a wonderful piece of artwork. Not only your beautiful watercolor style but your creativity. Love:love: the little squirrel using the lute with the broken strings as a boat. He looks kind of unsure as to where he is, maybe on a quest of some type. There must be a story in this painting:dance:Wonderful work:love::clap::clap::clap::butterfly:
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lestrange13 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
:worship: Your work rocks! The way the squirell is rowing the boat reminds me of Phantom of the Opera. :giggle:
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cbards Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Fantastic, the setting and the quizzical expression on the squirrel's face evoke a piece with plenty of character. Much awesomeness :)
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sparkiesharpie Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Student
That is beautiful, I love the idea of the instrument being a boat also
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gelertashel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
This is awesome. :o
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LarraChersan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your drawing is so beautiful! I like the way you did the squirrel. And the wings of the dragonflies are brilliant! :D The whole piece reminds me of some children's book that I once owned and loved dearly!
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peofun1 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Student
What is that, a banjo? XD It's adorable. I love your style.
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Red-Clover Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional
I think it's a mandolin - either that or a lute - can't remember... Thank you!
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peofun1 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Student
Heh, well whatever it is, it's working well for Mr. Squirrel there. XD
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zillia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this, the slight off balance to the oranges in my opinion give the piece movement. Its like a image in a book, telling you of how the squirrel is going down the river and runs across a dragon fly that tells the way to... and another dragon fly possibly an antagonist, or the antagonists assistant, watches from behind the roots
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harlequin-wondercat Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
i luv the way it looks like an illustration from a story book :D
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Valvador Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this amazing idea! :aww:

Valv.
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flyin-wabbit Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
aww love it!! :bug:
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yaamas Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
What a wonderful illustration. I love you're work!!!!
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I always love your work!
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dragonririko Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! :)
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pesare Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Professional
So soft and beautiful.
And the composition doesn't bother me at all.

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MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't put into words how much I ADORE your work!! :love:
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ApresMinuit Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
aww, the expression on the squirrel's face is very well done (as the rest of the painting) (:
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Amarathimi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. I don't think it is disbalanced at all. The picture is dynamic and the diagonal lines are in balance.
The idea is really cute too. :love:
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ForeverCreative Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
What a joy to see such wonderful work!
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Momotte2 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
really beautiful ! :love:
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Shirleys-Art-Site Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
Lovely unique gorgeous painting...
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JadtheDog Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Looks like something right out of a Don Bluth movie.
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blackhorsewhispers Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow what a lovely illustration! The colours are beautiful, I actually like the fact that the orange squirrel pops out a little.. Very cute ^^
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The trees on the right balance it all out. The concept is great. It's quite charming
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ColouredMinds Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
Beautiful :clap: :clap: :clap:
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WilsonWJr Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous stuff!! Your storytelling is great, if even for the fact that youa ren't really trying to tell a story!! :)
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gonnafly Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Wow such wounderful colours.
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ForestFaerieQuean Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
Oh my, so pritty. True you could have pulled the orange into the mangroves as fire light or something but it is still very beautiful.
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Lallikin Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008   Writer
This is a lovely picture ^^ Your talented.
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:iconhinami:
Hinami Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's really beautiful and all the ideas seem right, it's a really amazing piece
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
I wanted to let you know that you have been featured here: [link]

I hope this is ok with you :D
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Red-Clover Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Professional
Oh, thank you very much! Greatly appreciated!
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marcioyaguiu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
great art....
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