After over a year, we have finally reached the finish line...painted on unstretched canvas hence the wrinkles
This piece began its journey within days after attending the Oregon Eclipse Gathering in 2017. It was regretfully abandoned over and over again until today.
When I began this piece I was motivated by the new concept of submergance I had envisioned while watching the actual eclipse. 70,000 people surrounding me in a massive empty field. Elders spoke, chanted and sang. For a moment as the sky went dark and the earth fell cold, we were washed over. Feeling so incredibly small and ever reaching. All at once. .
I am blessed to have been there that day. And this painting like many created before it is an ode to the ocean.
I will never cease to create art for the true purpose of its visual voice. Though I have found great inner strength in using it as a source if income I will not trade my passion for the soul sucking monetary benefit alone. I make art because it heals. Money will forever be an added bonus. Money will forever be secondary to the passionate fire that burns within to create.
If you know the story, you know why this was finished today. Thank you for listening.
#originalcharacter#Maligno#Mari-it #neoiloilo#originalconcept#postapocalypticph “A young Malakai~
Despite being given the name at a much later time the Mari-it is actually the oldest gang in Panay’s Neo-Iloilo.
Unlike the Dagatnon which started as a community of collective families the Mari-it is a heterogenous group of people. Some of the oldest known surviving inhabitants of the island of Panay ended up in this group. Most of them are the survivors of ground zero. The Mari-it was initially a sanctuary community and then evolved into a reclusive group.
Not much is known about the Mari-it, they rarely take in outsiders and are not too eager at making their whereabouts known.
In fact despite being infamous no one really knows where they can be found. Those who know of the group’s existence know that the gang is led by a one-eyed man by the name of Malakai. Those who knew him-Maharlika included- called him by a different name: “Maligno”. There is a reason for this as one does not simply “meet” the Mari-it and live to tell about it. -continued in comments
"Irony"- -this one is for all of you artists who feel like they're not progressing, who can't bring themselves to draw at the moment, who feel like they can't ever achieve what they once did. I have been stuck in that hole for quite a while now and I finally feel like I'm slowly getting a grip again. This is probably the first "proper" art piece I've made in 4/5 months and I'm here to tell you not to give up :) it gets better, I promise .