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Rainbow Kandinsky - Art series #4 by janeesper Rainbow Kandinsky - Art series #4 by janeesper
Rainbow Dash and Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter who created incredibly vibrant and dynamic color compositions. You'll want to Wikipedia him. In regards to this mashup, to me his art frees color from form (I know it was really about spirituality and the Apocalypse and music as visual art), and I also think he experienced color in a fundamentally different way than the rest of us (i would not be surprised if he was a synaesthesiac). Similarly, Rainbow Dash seems to experience flying in a fundamentally different way than other flyers (how else could she perform mythic feats with little training) and she's all about freedom.

Another interesting connection involves the movement that Kandinsky was a part of - the Blue Rider. From the Wikipedia entry:

"Kandinsky wrote ... that the name is derived from Marc's enthusiasm for horses and Kandinsky's love of riders, combined with both love of the colour blue. For Kandinsky, blue is the colour of spirituality: the darker the blue, the more it awakens human desire for the eternal."

Fascinating.

The painting in the corner is my ponification of Kandinsky's "The Blue Rider", considered his most important figurative work before he went completely abstract, and the sky panel was inspired by a fragment of his painting "Composition VII".

Painted in Photoshop
approximate time: I don't know anymore. These are just taking longer and longer.
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:iconjustdoitmarshall:
JustDoItMarshall Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
that.....was beautiful
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DoomSp0rk Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely fantastic. Youve managed to capture Kandinsky's style almost perfectly, in a format that was never meant for art of this quality. This is gorgeous. Can we get a version with just that one frame of Kandinsky-esqe artwork? Maybe have the sonic rainboom as the center of the image? This is too awesome. :D
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janeesper Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! i've gotten a bunch of requests for that panel. i'll think about it after i finish my current long-term project.
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DoomSp0rk Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In fact, I'll go one further. Can we get that Kandinsky-style artwork as a print?
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DarthTallis Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Yep. This fits Rainbow Dash. Who needs a pultry little canvas when you've got the sky to work with? :)
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DavionX Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
i dont get this. what pic did she paint now?
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CrowleysPyramid Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Reading and now painting. Dashie's sure gettin' cultured. :iconso-awesomeplz:

So strange and wonderful to discover another painter besides Van Gogh that was a (possible) synaesthesiac. If you've never watched Doctor Who I highly recommend using the episode centered around him as a jumping-on point. They illustrate his condition gorgeously, to the point where it's almost enviable.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i've seen some Doctor Who (a bit of the tenth Doctor, and more of the eleventh), but i haven't seen that particular episode. i'll ask one of my Whoovian friends if they have a DVD i can borrow.
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la-reine-de-chats Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
BEAUTIFUL!
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Jowybean Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
AWESOME Rainboom =D
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Hors1988 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
fffffffffffuck!
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ZeldaTheSwordsman Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Cool.
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Aenvir77 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Do you have the 5th panel on it's own? It's so awesome!
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:iconjaneesper:
janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you. no, but i'll consider it. the 5th panel almost doesn't make any narrative sense without the previous four.
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AqomXG Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Very good
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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Enmar123 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
O.O
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InterJim126 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Oh wow, very colourful and pretty :aww:
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:iconjaneesper:
janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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InterJim126 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Your welcome :)
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Sbstrollerpadawan Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Kadinsky, one of my favorite painters...
Very nice piece of Artistic comic, i love it :D
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
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devifan2 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
*jaw drops*
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ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
This is simply amazing!
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:iconjaneesper:
janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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zora-artist Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
....wow!
..I dont know what else to said.....your description was...wow too!
colors eh?....amazing =)
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tigreanpony Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Very well done and I could see RD like that and great art work especially the painting inside the comic
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing. And after reading your description of it, even more so. And the way you described him is a lot like how most people believed Van Gogh saw things. And that definitely sounds like synaesthesia.
Very well done, and very good recreations of those masterpieces. ^_^
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you. i'm trying my very best.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you did an amazing job with this picture ^_^
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Lexvstee Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
The symbolism of this piece is amazing.

Great work! :D
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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cormy1 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I'm curious, what symbolism is in this piece?
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
there isn't a lot of symbolism. the goal was to make the different artwork i'm ponifying believably "live" in Equestria. all of the nuance comes from that effort (and whatever props i manage to bring in from the show). additionally, i tried not to discard the original intent of the pieces when i could find the artist's rationale.

for Kandinsky, his technique and intellectual pursuit were about freedom, his subject matter was music, and his end goal was spiritual.
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cormy1 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Can you list off any particular symbolism?
The reason I'm actually inquiring about this is because of the other deviants comment about how amazing the symbolism was and quite honestly, symbolism annoys the heck out of me because of way too many teachers reading too much into other people's work. Critics, judges, all these supposed experts have a tendency to think that if something COULD be interpreted as something, then that's what it is.
When I look at this piece, I don't see any symbolism at all. It's a beautiful piece based on the works of an artist you admire and his style. The way the art was created evokes certain emotions in you, but there isn't really anything in there that represents something in particular is there?
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
could you point to specific comments? i try to answer every comment and i don't recall anything that directly refers to "symbolism".

it is known that Kandinsky associated the color blue with spiritual awakening. i noted that his practice of breaking color from form is akin to Dashie freeing herself from the bounds of "physics" (such as they exist within a cartoon). if viewers feel uncynically that other "symbols" exist, then it isn't my place to deny that.
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cormy1 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
The comment that you replied to with "thanks!" XD It's at the top of this comment thread. It said the symbolism of the piece was amazing.
How is it that you cannot deny someone else's interpretation of your own work? If it isn't meant to be seen that way, then their perspective is wrong. They're seeing it for something it isn't which I've sometimes witnessed as being a bad thing.
Does it not bother you at all that people either don't see your message or add more into it than their is?
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i tend to answer new comments without looking up their context. since i didn't remember seeing your avatar before i didn't realize you were responding to a non-response i gave two days prior.

here's the thing about Art. it can be defined as a way of seeing the world (in fact there's a great little book on the theory of art called "Ways of Seeing"), and the resultant expression of one's perspective. once you acknowledge that no two persons brains process the same stimuli in exactly the same way (due to random bits of memory and associations connected to those neural pathways), requiring everyone to experience the same thing becomes an exercise in futility. i cried every time i listened through "Winter Wrap Up" for months, i cried watching "Wreck-It-Ralph", i cry at a lot of things really, but do i expect other people to? no.

that said, as an artist of course i want viewers to understand what i'm trying to get across, but often what i'm doing is layered and nuanced enough that i don't expect anyone to fully understand it. Pinkie Picasso is a great example - i packed that one with references. and when one person gets one reference, just that alone makes me happy.

on the other hand, i hate when viewers bring their own biases to bear on something i do. Applejack Pollock is a great example here. since AJ is one of the least often "best" ponies (a stupid popularity contest to begin with) people assumed i had painted her as incompetent. a truly disappointing conclusion because of all of the Mane Six (an extremely competent group on the whole), AJ is the most competent, the most dependable, and certainly in the running for second-in-command after Twi.

but if a viewer comes from a completely different culture and doesn't bring any silly preconceptions, i think it's fabulous to hear what they think.
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KingArthur5 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
wow. You dida SUPERB fob on that last panel! I especially love your rendition of the Sonic Rainboom! Wow.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
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TimoW Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That 5th panel must have been a pain to draw AND color.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it wasn't that bad. the sonic rainboom is a set piece, as is the other painting, the clouds on the left side, and the trees along the bottom. that really just left me with about 40% of the panel left to do. once i figured out how to position the remaining clouds, it all just fell into place. :D
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Arbutus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Kandinsky actually did have synesthesia! Nice catch. :) All those paintings called Composition IV, Composition VI, etc. weren't only artistic abstractions - they were actually the way Kandinsky saw music.

That sonic rainboom panel is amazing, by the way! Now I have to go look up the rest of your series. :)
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! the articles i found about Kandinsky's background didn't really talk about it, but his writings, his paintings, and what i've read about synesthesia immediately made me think that he had the condition.
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TrainerAQ Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy shit. that image actually pops out. @_@
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
does it? well. success!
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TrainerAQ Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea if you stare into the center of it, it looks like a 3d image.
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YoshiArt24 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Dash is best artist and flying artist.
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WheelJackson Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   General Artist
Cute. ^^
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