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Hexagram 26 - Potential Energy


Oil on Canvas, 2009
Feedback welcome, hope you like it!

A painting inspired by and made to portray the 26th taoist hexagram - da chu - variously translated as 'Great Accumulation', 'Great Taming Power', and of course, 'Potential Energy'.

What does it make you think of?

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It makes me think of purgatory

Almost looks as if the clouds are closing in on this solitary performer. I really like the blending between the sky and ground and the clouds are very well done. Could do with a bit more refinement or more colour.

RPGsrok responds:

I tend to think of him as meditating. Glad the blending of the clouds turned out well to you. Personally I like the monochromatic scheme I'd come up with, and I'm not too sure what you mean by refinement (feel free to pm me if you care to elaborate). Glad you liked it!

I can dig it

I love chinese martial arts I want to learn how all the pressure points so i can nail people like you nailed this drawing good job

RPGsrok responds:

Be at peace and the Way will guide you. Glad u liked the painting ^^

At first...

... I thought this was a digital work and thought "It's not bad", And then I read the description and WOW! Oil painting? I stay away from that stuff haha, but I'm glad there are still the traditionalists out there!

Awesome work :D love the use of space and color. The pictures has an fantastic sense of movement drawing in your eye to the figure and then to the open space. The reflection is beautiful and it certainly has a serene quality to it.

Keep up the awesome work!

RPGsrok responds:

Yeah, I'm one of the few traditional painters on NG (so far as I know...) and perhaps I should really get to learning digital art programs better, but until then, I'm keepin the tradition(al) alive! XD

A lotta people connect this pic with movement somehow... I've always thought of it as very calm, but its always fun to hear what you guys gotta say. Serenity - I've never thought to describe it that way, but it's very fitting. I should do a pic called "Serenity" sometime. ^^

Glad you liked the picture, I'll be uploading more over the summer so stay tuned!

Credits & Info

4.04 / 5.00

Jun 18, 2010
7:03 PM EDT
Fine Art
File Info
1473 x 1210 px
790 KB

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