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Oooshala - The Waterhorse
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Oooshala - The Water Horse

Some of you have been following my journal where I talk about my practices as a contemporary shamanist / animist / totemist / insert-other-ist-here. Part of that is working with spirit helpers, or bizarre, mythological, or legendary creatures in the otherworlds.

Meet Oooshala, the young water horse who is still finding his voice, and mostly helps me in my shamanism to carry things I need for healing myself and others from place to place.

There are many types of mythological water-horse. However, Oooshala is based off a European type, where he is a small fey pony with a mane and tail of fire. He lives in the sea to keep his inner flame from burning out of control; but he can emerge from time to time, lighting the path, and protecting those who require protection.

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19.5 x 28 cm.
illo's board, fineliner, pencil, acrylic, aquarelle
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Ysabetwordsmith's avatar
Ysabetwordsmith|Professional Writer
The juxtaposition of fire and water, blue and orange, is delightful.
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Ravenari's avatar
Ravenari|Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you. This is one of the few pieces I actually have up in our house. :D
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KaitoAozora's avatar
That's lovely! Most water-horses are rather malevolent... I mean, kelpies. *shudder* Nice to see a friendly one!

I love the red/blue contrast; the colors are very rich and saturated, but it's a nice effect.
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Ravenari|Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, there's definitely a ton of different kinds of waterhorse. Oooshala is more neutral than anything (i.e. his morals don't intersect with mine), but not malevolent! The malevolent ones scare the hell out of me.
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KaitoAozora's avatar
Mneegh, yes. Some of them are really freaky. The aughisky'll be a perfectly fine horse if you can catch it... until you let it near water. Then its skin turns sticky and it jumps in, drowns you, then eats all of you but your liver. I mean, meep.
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Ryua's avatar
Ryua|Hobbyist General Artist
I have never heard of this kind of creature. Cool!
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Ravenari|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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I adore this -- both the artwork and the backstory!
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Shadow1305|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow it's very impressive, all the things and the details <3
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Ravenari's avatar
Ravenari|Professional Traditional Artist
thank you. :)
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bear48's avatar
bear48|Professional
thisis exquisite
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joeyv7's avatar
What a lovely being. I like the stark background of the beach and water, the intense colors . . . and that ear :hmm:
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Ravenari's avatar
Ravenari|Professional Traditional Artist
Hee, I like the ear too. Thank you!
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ScurvySimon|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, very nice. I love the colouring here, especially the way the fiery mane contrasts with the blue of the water. Great picture!
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Ravenari's avatar
Ravenari|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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tiger1526's avatar
The detail is striking. thats all i can say. >.<
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Ravenari|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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AnnaOriona's avatar
Very beautiful work!
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Ravenari|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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PantherStar613|Hobbyist Photographer
This is perfect, it feels so alive, I can almost see his mane ripple. You must have such an amazing connection with him :)
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Ravenari|Professional Traditional Artist
I am privileged to have a connection to him at all (real or imagined, he has a wonderful energy). Thank you. :)
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whisperinghearts|Student Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful eye-catching piece. Definitely one of my favorites. I wish I was not a starving artist myself, because if I could I would indeed commission a similar piece from you. But alas!!

Your pieces always have wonderful symbolism.
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Ravenari|Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, so awesome that it's one of your favourites! I'm glad you enjoy the piece so much. :D
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whisperinghearts|Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad you show them to the world for me to see! :hug:
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