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Kiki for Adella by Woodland-Mel Kiki for Adella by Woodland-Mel
I owe some wonderful people gifts, I'm starting them but it's slow going.

For instance :meow:
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This is Adella's beautiful childhood kitty that passed away not too long ago. Adella's been so sweet to me through all my recent trials that I really wanted to do something for her. (Much love hun :glomp: ) I also was never able to finish a commission for her from 3 years ago because my arm thing started right as I got to it, and that never left my mind. I still can't CG well enough/long enough to do the other one, but I can more easily hold a paintbrush- so here we are! Kitty cats. Basically, the owl and cat paintings I did with my left hand [link] were literally my "getting back into oil" practice so I could start this gift project. I was going to do it with my left if I couldn't with my right.

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Oil on canvas, 8x10

1 day's time.

Here's the other version I did to try out a slightly different style of painting:


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Important note that I'm not saying for any other reason than to avoid some hopeful assumptions and to field some questions preemptively (and because I haven't written about it in a while) : My arm ISN'T better. It's just not worse. It's being weird. Basically I don't know how to describe it, but it's not acting like it was after my first surgery and it's not "healed." (I'm a long way away from how well I was doing after this amount of time after my first surgery.) So I haven't been saying anything about it because, well, I don't know what to say. Basically I'm still in after-surgery limbo. I know it's going to be a while longer (4-8 more months) before I probably even know what to say: Maybe 8 more months before I'm even comfortable about guessing which way the cards are going to fall.

I can work slowly, on some days- (and I have to use both hands. My right arm actually feels less natural than my left right now.) So that's what I'm doing. Because I miss art and I might as well practice in my down time. And I need to draw/paint and use it or it will atrophy further and I will become even more reclusive and checked out, but I'm being cautious. Just because I can sort of do some art sometimes, it's not the same as being able to freely do art. Right now at least. I still can't let myself go and get into that zone, my arm won't let me, so it's not really fulfilling to do any art. I don't know quite how to put this, because it's at least something I want to be doing, but I guess it feels like I might as well be filling out paperwork, (but paperwork for a job I like? It feels good, but it's not near the feeling I need. It feels procedural.) I'm just not there if I can't run unchecked. So, no, I'm not really drawing again. I just can't call it that. I can do a drawing now and again, but until I can let myself be free and unaware with it again, it's not the same. It's not where I need to be to be me again. So, that's just where I'm at I guess. It is what it is; I don't think about it much. I learned to busy myself a few months in. (sorry I just dragged everyone into bummer-land with me.) The past 3 years it's been like this. I'm not really depressed, I'm just in a holding pattern. History of Hyrule has helped a lot.


Speaking of that, I know it seems dead, but I'm in the process of editing like 5 things for the translation project, and some wonderful translators and proofreaders are helping; it just takes time for all the back and forth between us and for life stuff. I wanted to get more official art posted to the gallery, but the translation project had to much that needed attention. If you haven't gone to the site, please do: [link] And check out (and join!!!) the Zelda fanart contest! [link]
(I still have some contest emails to answer, it's what I'm doing after this.)
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Totor0o Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love it! Very nice!
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Irontree Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
It is a beautiful painting, and it makes me want to bust out the old paintbrushes and canvas!
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Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Thank you! - and you should! Seriously! ... maybe once you're done with your thousand year project that's completely awesome. Or during it. I don't know. Where is all the time we need?!?

(Though, heh, it's always kind of a pain in the ass to go back to traditional XD)
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Jujulica Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, I'm glad you can at least still paint some (I'm so happy when you post new art!).
I really hope your arm gets better, good luck with its healing!!
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Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Thank you so much, that means a lot!
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Seeburglar Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great to see new work from you! It looks fantastic, especially those eyes. I'm sorry to hear your arm isn't as healed as I hoped it'd be, but I'm glad it's not getting worse, either. Hope you're at least feeling a bit better! :hug:
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Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Thank you so much! :meow: Yeah, the kitties eyes were so beautiful to start with. It made it even more of a pleasure to paint.
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Seeburglar Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You are very welcome! Glad to hear you're enjoying painting again! :D
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claudiasutton Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional
Again, beautiful work dear.
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Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Thank you so much, you're a really wonderful person to me :heart:
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claudiasutton Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional
Aww! Well you are a wonderful person! :heart:
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Nummonkee Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awwww what a cute present
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Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Thank you, I was so glad that she liked it :)
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Nummonkee Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^
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Niraven Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so, so beautiful... <3 I love the colors and composition, it just has such a life-like and wholesome feel to it. :heart:

I hope your arm will continue to heal, even if slow, in a manner that will allow you to vent your creativity in the way you would like. You've been very, very strong.
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Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Thank you! Especially about my arm. :heart: That is an amazingly wonderful thing to hear.

Yeah, I was really in love with the colors of the actually cat, Kiki, that I became even more excited to do this piece. I'm glad you like it.
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vargamarci97 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I love this, realistic, looks really cool.
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Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Thank you so much!
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DaenerysOfTargaryens Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful :love:
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Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Thank you!
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angelsblessing Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
You'll be in my thoughts! Kiki is my cats name as well XD Well her name is Cerridwen for real but Kiki for short. X3
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Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Oh, how cute! and thank you.
(I love that real name. I should google it, is it from Welsh mythology or something?)
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angelsblessing Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
uhh I know she is a fertility goddess. >> But the background I'm not sure X3
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cyen Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The cat looks adorable and I'm always happy to see more art from you. :3 My only critique is that there's not enough contrast between the white background and the cat's white chest and white whiskers. Other than that, it looks great! I would love to steal your painting skills. X3

Sorry to hear that your arm isn't feeling 100% yet, but I guess with two surgeries in two years, your arm's going to take more time to recover this time around than the last time. What did the doctor say? Do you need physical therapy for the arm? Maybe it's your arm saying you should work slow and steady? Good luck and hope you feel better soon!

And.... I want to enter the contest, but I'm so rusty and I'm absolutely clueless what to draw. ^^;
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Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
You're totally right about that! Thanks.

Yeah, the arm thing: it's been making me dip in and out of reclusiveness. You're completely right about the healing as well.

No, no physical therapy needed. I did it last time because I wanted to. I think it would help a little, it's just been so strange this time around I'm more worried about hurting it. I did PT for about a year before surgery, (and then more after the first,) so I actually know what they would want me to do. I just have to do it. I'm just a little scared. Slow and steady this time :) And thank you (yet again)

DRAW! Please draw! XD I don't know what, something someone else hasn't!..? XD /no help/ but, seriously, I really hope you do. I was so happy to see what you were planning for last time, I know you could come up with something amazing. I will sit here and hope the inspiration strikes you!

Anything with the items being found or made, the travels, the bosses, the areas, a part of the life of the dungeons and castles and towns! (Oh my!)
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cyen Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally understandable that you're more scared this time because of what happened the last time. I hope the overall outcome will be better this time around. I miss talking to you and seeing your art work, buuuuut, no pressure from here! :3

No promises, but I'll try to come up with an idea for the contest. The idea of items being made or found does sound intriguing.... I'll have to think about it some more and need to switch gears. Fangirling brain's totally on Avengers right now. XD
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Adella Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
This is probably the most beautiful thing I've EVER been given!!!! *cries*
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Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
You deserve it then, you are an awesome person. And I could tell how much you missed her. Thanks for helping me, and all the chats. I really needed the little random inserts of cheer you gave me.
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