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Desert Sands by mykeamend Desert Sands by mykeamend
36x24 painted in acrylic on wood panel.

A desert landscape with slight nods to many of my favorite painters and other artists (Breughel, Escher, Dali, Riggs, Beksinski, Dore, Whelan and others). Many, many hidden details in this piece - enough that one could find new things for a very long time.

I am nearing completion of my airships and tentacles series - which began with a painting I did for Robert Brown of Abney Park, continued with a piece for Vernian Process, among several other commissions, and will end with a piece for a very OMG author.

Metallics and limited edition giclees are available at mykeamend.com
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Travel through the blurred lines of past and future and savour the grand apocalyptic tenor via Desert Sands, a remarkably transporting piece by *mykeamend. ( Suggested by Nevar23 and Featured by snowmask )
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Well done! APart from the zeppelin, it is a subtle work, with hidden hints that maybe the current location is not good for landing. ;)
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thechernobylguy Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty sick bro
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MarkedArc Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
I'm speechless!
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Lemmy-koopaling Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
EPIC!
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Natalya-Himura Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! Amazing work! Great! Good continuation! :)
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Sadorapus Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
That statue in the background reminds me vaguely of Zeo Zord 3.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool, and I love how you melded all of those artists' styles with steampunk and Lovecraftian themes :clap:
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sakirakrizkie Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Amaze! :P
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nessdu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Love this painting! Can you tell me, if you used a retarder for the smooth surfaces, oder did you just use a big canvas?
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
The painting is 36x24 on birch panel. I don't use retarders, but I do work wet on wet and work quickly/rabidly to keep the paint moving until I am satisfied.

Once I am done with all of the big areas, it is just layers and layers of paint.

The thing about acrylic: First layer looks like crap... like blotchy tempera. The second layer looks much better, but still like a 3rd grade painting. The third payer, more like a painting, but rather unrefined...

I keep going until some areas have at least 30 micro-thin layers of paint - which smooths gradients, solidifies colors, brings out details, and eventually looks more like an oil painting.

I start off with thick paint and little water, but for most of the painting process, I am using a good amount of water with every brush and painting in really thin layers. Each layer dries a split second later, so I can keep brushing over and over until it is just right,
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