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The Atlas of Dreams - Color Plate 214 by RichardMaier The Atlas of Dreams - Color Plate 214 by RichardMaier
“When the chattering started - an angry, laughing chattering noise - he closed his mouth, concerned that it was he himself making it; but the noise continued. It's the world laughing at me, then, thought Shadow. His head lolled to one side. Something ran down the tree trunk beside him, stopping beside his head; It cluttered loudly in his ear, one word, which sounded a lot like "ratatosk." Shadow tried to repeat it, but his tongue stuck to the roof of his mouth. He turned, slowly, and stared into the gray-brown face and pointed ears of a squirrel.
In close-up, he learned, a squirrel looks a lot less cute than it does from a distance. The creature was ratlike and dangerous, not sweet or charming. And its teeth looked sharp. He hoped that it would not perceive him as a threat, or as a food source. He did not think that squirrels were carnivorous…but then, so many things he had thought were not had turned out to be so…”
- excerpt from "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman.

“Color Plate 214” combines a photograph from deviantART member oxygen with a painting created by my father, Gus Maier.

"The Atlas Of Dreams" is an ongoing project that began in 1999. Each plate is composed of several different images combined to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Complex borders around the images fade into a white background. Source images include 19th century engravings, filtered stock photos, ArtMatic renders, astronomical photos of space and planetary surfaces, the paintings of my father, Gus Maier, and of course my own artwork - recycled and reused. Watch out for stray critters...
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